Match Report – Lindenwood (10/31/15)
Hanover, NH – This past Halloween weekend, the Dartmouth Rugby Club hosted collegiate rugby-heavyweight Lindenwood for a mid-season friendly. Lindenwood proved a tough challenge as expected and won the match 102 to Dartmouth’s 12. After the game, the two teams engaged with one another at the Corey Ford Clubhouse as they watched the Rugby World Cup Final and enjoyed food provided by Dartmouth.
When asked to comment on the friendly, Coach Hickie kindly offered his opinion: “It is always tough to lose and we aim to win every game we play but we had a major task on our hands today. Our effort and intent was there but our decision-making and execution under severe pressure from an outstanding Lindenwood side, let us down. We will take the valuable lessons from this game.”
As mentioned before, Lindenwood were tipped to be one of Dartmouth’s toughest challenges this fall and they certainly lived up to their reputation. The Lions retained strong possession throughout the game and were effective in creating space for themselves to run points in. As a result, the Big Green found themselves defending for much of the game and were required to make frequent tackles on heavy, physical runners. Brief consolation came in the form of two tries from seniors Ryan Maguire and John Abraham. Maguire scored a sensational try after intercepting a Lindenwood pass close to Dartmouth’s own try zone and running the remaining 80 meters to score under the posts. Abraham scored in his typical fashion after he collected a defensive kick from the Lions and burst down the edge of the field to score in the corner.
Coach Hickie expanded on his earlier comments, saying, “We are fully focused on our game against Columbia at Corey Ford this weekend and are excited to resume our Ivy Conference.”
This coming weekend (Saturday 7th November), the Big Green returns to the Ivy League season and is hosting Columbia at home in Hanover. The team will be looking to add another win to their belt in their efforts to retain the Ivy trophy.