Dartmouth 21 - Navy 29

Match Report – Navy (02/28/16)


Annapolis, MD – Dartmouth Rugby made the long haul drive to Annapolis this past weekend to play Navy in a friendly for the second time this year. The previous time the two teams met, Navy emerged the victors, winning the game 55 – 29. However, the game this past weekend brought a closer battle, with Navy edging out Dartmouth 29 – 21.

When asked to comment on the game, Coach Hickie responded, “Losing is always tough, especially in tight games against great opponents like the U.S. Naval Academy, but this is our preseason for the coming months and from that perspective, we can take a lot of positives from our performance. One big positive is that three Big Green footballers played their first game of rugby, contributed to the team and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “

“The squad has been working very hard over the winter term and the coaching staff is content with where we are in this process. We will look to build on this start with another tough game against Army.”

The game started poorly for Dartmouth as they conceded multiple penalties and turnovers, resulting in Navy establishing a quick 19 points on the board. At first, the Big Green’s scrum and lineout seemed to also be suffering, which was perhaps not helped by the limited outdoor practice time allowed to the team throughout winter term. However, just when things started to look bleak, Ollie Engelhart ’18 forced a turnover and passed the ball to Captain Jack Braun ’16 who made a valiant line-break before offloading to Hayden Aldredge ’17 in support who then shipped the ball to debut player and former football team running back, Kyle Bramble ’16. Bramble darted into the try zone and before placing the ball to the ground, was on the receiving end of a high tackle which ultimately led to a penalty try and a yellow card for Navy in the closing minutes of the first half.

The second half started much more fluidly for Dartmouth and while set piece operations were still somewhat shaky, the team dominated open play, running strong offensive phases and tackling more accurately in defense. Many strong tackles from Braun, Engelhart, Erik Warnquist ’16, Phil Sheridan '16, and other debut players Will Konstant ’16 and Will McNamara ’16 led to turnovers that the Big Green was able to capitalize on. This domination led to a try from Aldredge after receiving an offload from John Abraham ’16 who had sped down the side of the field. A successful conversion made the game 19-14. Soon after the restart, the Big Green was camped out at Navy’s goal line running multiple phases successfully before Konstant, with help from McNamara in support, punctured the Navy defensive line and scored a try that tied the game up. A successful conversion a minute later brought the Big Green two points above Navy, leaving the score 21 – 19 with ten minutes remaining on the clock. Unfortunately, these points turned out to be the last for the Big Green as an ambitious, but successful penalty kick and a last minute Navy try brought on by a Dartmouth penalty led to a final score of 29 – 21.

Captain Jack Braun kindly offered his remarks after the game, saying, “It was a tight game that was very promising on our end especially with 3 guys who had never played a game in their life. We are looking to get a faster start against Army next weekend and fix up our set piece but besides that it was a great start to the season and a definite improvement on our preseason performance against Navy in the fall.”

Dartmouth 51 - Harvard 19

Match Report – Harvard (11/14/15)

Hanover, NH – This past weekend, the Dartmouth Rugby Club proudly hosted Harvard in the Ivy Championship game. Both teams had been unbeaten in their Ivy rugby match ups, thus setting the stage for a big showdown between the two teams. Both teams fought bravely with Dartmouth ending up the victors, winning by a score of 51 to 19.

Coach Hickie kindly offered his season-ending remarks, saying, “We designed our season to hit the ground running once the Ivy Rugby Conference commenced and we continued to work hard each week to build on our individual skills and team processes. The result is our 9th consecutive Ivy Rugby Conference Championship”.

Dartmouth were quick to set the pace in the first half with Co-Captain Ryan Maguire ’16 claiming the first points of the game with an explosive burst down the wing after weaving backs’ play created a narrow lane on the outside. Shortly thereafter, Captain Jack Braun ’16 powered through the Harvard defense in the middle of the field as he ran a line that cut against the grain of the play shifting across the field. Other notable first half moments of pleasure for the Big Green came in the form of scoreboard-frequenter John Abraham ’16 and Phil Sheridan ’16. Abraham claimed a hat-trick of tries against Harvard through his characteristic use of his immense speed and evasive skills while Sheridan scored after breaking tackles before diving into the try zone. The second half saw the Big Green slow the rate of scoring as Harvard managed to take advantage of lapses in concentration, scoring three tries throughout the second half. Just before time was called and the Ivy League title was declared Dartmouth’s, Julien Johnson ’18 scored his first 1st XV try on his debut in his first touches of the game as he picked off a pass in the midfield before sprinting under the posts.

Coach Hickie continued, “I would like to thank all our alums for your incredible support, our coaching staff for their tireless work and dedication, Ben Schuler, our athletic trainer for taking good care of the boys, Joann Brislin for all her work behind the scenes and the student athletes of the DRFC for making this another highly successful and enjoyable Fall Ivy season.”.

With the final whistle of the Harvard game, the Big Green concluded their 2015 Fall season with the Ivy title to their name. The players now have a few months to recover over the winter break before returning to Hanover in January to start their preparation for spring competitions such as the Varsity Cup and the CRCs. The DRFC wishes to thank all followers of the Big Green Rugby Team for their dedication and support throughout the Fall Season. 

Dartmouth 90 - Columbia 17

Match Report – Columbia (11/7/15)

Hanover, NH – This past weekend the DRFC hosted Columbia for their sixth game in the Ivy League conference. Dartmouth was relentless in their attack as they put up 90 points to the Lions’ 17 over the course of the game sending the Big Green 6-0 in their Ivy Season.

Coach Hickie kindly responded to requests for comment, saying, “It was pleasing to see our accurate execution from the start of the game against Columbia. We needed a big response following last week’s defeat to Lindenwood and the squad responded well.”

The first points of the game came very quickly after Columbia knocked the ball on in their first possession of the game leading to a Dartmouth scrum off of which John Abraham ‘16 collected the ball and sprinted 60 meters for a try. The next three tries from Ryan Maguire ’16, Gordon Driscoll ’17, and Andrew Zhu ‘16 came in quick succession after long weaving team plays created space for the Big Green to penetrate the Columbia defense in many areas across the field. Columbia then responded after three penalties against thee Big Green marched them towards their own try line at which point Columbia made it across the line after multiple phases of strong defense. Other electric moments in the game came from Phil Sheridan ’16 and Andrew Berson ’15. Berson, a stand-out player and 5th Year Engineering Student from last year’s senior class, made his return to the DRFC a sweet one as he intercepted Columbia’s ball in the midfield to run 50 meters for a fantastic try. Berson has been making a return to rugby recently as he prepares himself to represent USA Rugby at the 2015 Maccabiah Games alongside Jake Levine ’15. Sheridan, who has been a strong physical runner all season, saw his hard work pay off as he burst through a well-covered area of the Columbia defensive wall and beat several other tacklers to back himself for his first try of the season.

Hickie had further remarks about the game, mentioning, “We are exactly where we want to be in the Ivy Rugby Conference, with maximum points in our six games to date. We have a huge final week of the Fall season coming up and the game against Harvard, who are also unbeaten, will be winner takes all. We are excited by the challenge.”

The DRFC hosts Harvard next weekend (Saturday 14th November) in a game that will decide the Ivy Championship. Following the game, in the evening, the DRFC will be hosting the Annual Dartmouth Rugby Ball in order to celebrate the continued excellence of the club.

Dartmouth 12 - Lindenwood 101

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. 

Annual Dartmouth Rugby Ball - Tickets

Annual Dartmouth Rugby Ball - A Celebration of Excellence

Date: Saturday, November 14th
Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Place: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Cost: $30/person (Includes cocktail reception, 3-course dinner, and presentations)


Join fellow alumni, families, and guests for an inspirational reception, dinner, and presentation as we celebrate the ongoing excellence, camaraderie, and leadership achieved by Dartmouth Rugby’s extraordinary student athletes, both on and off the pitch.

This year’s dinner will honor: 

  • Long-time DRFC board member, servant, and former captain, Richie Horan ’76
  • Roger Demment, recently retired Senior Associate Athletic Director for Club Sports, PE, and Recreation; 
  • The senior class of 2016 as they finish their Ivy League play that day against Harvard. 

Schedule of Events

10:00am - Existing Board of Governors meeting
1:00pm - DRFC 1st XV against Harvard
6:30pm - Cocktails
7:30pm - Dinner

10:00am - Board of Governors - the first meeting of the revamped BOG

Please RSVP by Saturday, November 7th.

All classes, please ensure you have connected with current Board Chairman, Dan Kenslea ’75 with your class representative to the revised Board. 

We hope to see you there!


Friends of Dartmouth Rugby

Away Weekend at Princeton & Penn

Match Report – Princeton & Penn (09/24-25/15)

Princeton, NJ & Philadelphia, PA – This past weekend, the Big Green travelled to Princeton and Penn to participate in a double-header weekend of Ivy rugby. On Saturday, the Team played Princeton in the first of their two games, winning 71-10 before travelling to Penn on Sunday, where the men achieved a similar score of 67-8 on Franklin Field.

Coach Hickie was asked for his comments on the weekend, remarking, “It is satisfying for all of the DRFC to record two wins on the road, in what was a challenging weekend. The players put in a big shift this weekend and deserve credit for their attitude and work rate throughout the weekend.”

The game against Princeton saw the Big Green not only retain possession for the majority of the game, but also excel in many of the areas of the game the Team had been working hard to develop. The effort the forwards had put in outside of the regular practice hours paid off as they scrummaged and rucked efficiently against the Tigers providing quick ball for the backs to play with. The backs, in return, penetrated the space provided to them on the wings via quick hands and the fastest man in Ivy Rugby, fullback John Abraham ’16. Abraham repeatedly left the opposition wings looking for an answer with his blistering pace, scoring one of his multiple tries after chasing down his own chip-kick under pressure. Andrew Zhu ’16, continued his recent form and added a brace of tries to his name in a similar fashion to Abraham as he evaded Princeton’s outside men to score in the corner. Hayden Aldredge ’17, dominated the aerial space as he won multiple tough high-balls off of restarts and contributed greatly to the Big Green’s constant possession of the ball. Other contributors to the score line included the likes of Benji Hannam ’18, Gordon Driscoll ’17, Ryan Maguire ’16, and Dawit Workie ’17. Unfortunately, the meet with the Tigers was not without its setbacks as Captain Jack Braun ’16 was helped off of the field due to a leg injury and was unable to participate in the meet with Penn the next morning.

Hickie added further to his earlier comments, saying, “We have played five and won five in the Ivy Conference with two home games remaining. We have improved each week and we will look to continue to do so as we prepare to welcome Columbia and Harvard to Hanover. We are mindful of the fact that we have won nothing yet and will look for a very strong finish to our fall 2015 season.”

On Sunday, the Big Green arose early to play the Quakers at Franklin Field, home to Penn Football and the famous Penn Relays amongst its other historical characteristics. Faced with a narrower than usual field, the Big Green had to adapt their game away from their typical wide play initially and deployed several crash runners in more central roles in order to eat away at the Penn defense. The lack of space on the wings certainly didn’t deter try-scoring machine Abraham as he collected a hat-trick to his name in the first half of the game. The game against Penn also saw British crew-convert Arthur Sants ’17 debut in the second row and contribute heavily to the preservation of possession at the line-outs and effective clearing of rucks. Other first half tries came from sophomores Benji Hannam and Chris Nkoy, who both ran in tries from 30 plus meters out after finding inconsistencies in the Quakers’ defensive line. Shortly after restarting the game for the second half, Gordon Driscoll ’17 took advantage of Penn’s lack of readiness and ran the ball into the try zone unopposed after taking a quick penalty. Other second half points came from Max Hannam ’16 as he joined his younger brother Benji on the scoreboard after making a line break and fooling the opposition full-back with a dummy pass.

The Big Green takes a break from the Ivy season next weekend (Saturday 31st October) as they engage in a tough friendly with Lindenwood in a Halloween friendly. The Big Green is looking to achieve a win against a tougher opponent with an eye on preparing for the more physical Varsity Cup games in the spring.


Dartmouth 76 - Brown 29

Match Report – Brown (10/17/15)

Providence, RI – Dartmouth Rugby travelled down to Brown this past weekend to participate in their third game of the Ivy season. The weather in Providence was beautiful, but perhaps windy, which made for a strategic kicking game between the two sides. The Big Green started out the competition strongly and did not look back as they stormed to a 76 to 29 victory over the Bears.

Dartmouth began the first half with the wind behind their backs and used the advantage to play a highly territorial game, frequently kicking the ball deep into the Brown half. After a matter of minutes spent in Brown’s “red” zone, Ollie Engelhart ’18 noticed an opening in the defensive wall beside the ruck and burst through before distributing the ball to Benji Hannam ’18 to score. The next two tries of the game came from Andrew Zhu ’16 after the forwards had worked hard to turn-over the ball in contact and created space for Zhu to penetrate the defensive wall. Co-captain Ryan Maguire ’16, starting for the Big Green for the first time since dislocating his shoulder in the spring, scored two wonder tries as he used dummy passes, quick footwork, speed, and kicking finesse to beat defender after defender. Other stellar performances came from Co-captain Erik Warnquist ’16 and Ian Sullivan ’18 as they relentlessly tackled Brown runner behind the game line and were instrumental in turning over the ball.

The Big Green travels to Penn and Princeton this Friday to participate in a double-header weekend. The team is looking to continue their unbeaten run in the Ivy League.

Berson '15 and Levine '15 named in USA Maccabiah Rugby Squad

Philadelphia, PA, October 12 – The Maccabi USA rugby team has officially been selected for the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games, which will be held from December 26, 2015 – January 5, 2016 in Santiago, Chile.

“It’s taken us a lot longer to announce our team with well over 50 players applying for this amazing opportunity to combine their love for rugby with their Jewish heritage,” explained Aaron Davis, the Head Coach of Maccabi USA’s Open Men’s rugby team. “And without an official try out we had to do a lot of research before selecting the 27-man team.”

The rugby competition at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games will feature both 7s and 15s – using a round robin format – with the top two teams competing in the Gold medal match. The teams taking part will be Argentina, Chile and the USA.

“Players will play plenty of minutes in a short space of time – which is exactly what will be expected of the squad that represents Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel.” added Dallen Stanford, the Assistant Coach of Maccabi USA’s Open Men’s rugby team and a former USA 7s Eagle.

The Maccabi USA rugby team to compete at the Pan American Maccabi Games consists of athletes from clubs, universities, and colleges around the United States, and also includes Maccabi USA alumnus:

  • Maccabi USA rugby team | 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games
  • Eitan Babcock (Carnegie Mellon Univ. / Milwaukee Rugby)
  • Andrew Berson (Dartmouth College)
  • Erik Dollman (Albany Knickerbockers / Albany Bootleggers)
  • Jon Fonvielle (Mystic River Rugby)
  • Dan Freedman (Santa Barbara Grunion / Coach at Santa Ynez Valley Youth)
  • Joe Freundlich (Chicago Westside Condors)
  • Zachary Getson (Auburn Univ. / Griffins Rugby)
  • Howard Goldsmith (Chicago Westside Condors)
  • Eyal Hakim (Boca Raton Buccaneers / Coach at Florida Atlantic)
  • Sam Harrison (Coach at Colorado College)
  • Zachary Hiller (Houston United)
  • Jaeson Kaylegian (Univ. Illinois-Chicago / Chicago Riot)
  • Robert Keene (Univ. Pacific / Modesto Rugby)
  • Michael Korn (Glendale Raptors)
  • Joseph Krassenstein (Univ. Southern California / Santa Monica Dolphins)
  • Max LaVictoire (New York Rugby)
  • Jake Levine (Dartmouth College)
  • Eli Mandel (Univ. Washington)
  • Adam Markun (Middlebury College)
  • Samuel Rabb (San Francisco Golden Gate)
  • Ben Rotstein (New York Rugby)
  • Michael Rudzinsky (South Carolina / Mystic River Rugby)
  • Matthew Sarna (Maryland / Potomac Exiles)
  • Adam Satz (Univ. South Carolina)
  • Dallen Stanford (Tiger Rugby)
  • Tristan Sylk (Media Rugby)
  • James Tayson (New England College / Santa Monica Dolphins)

For more information on the rugby competition in at the Pan American Maccabi Games, contact Maccabi USA Rugby Chairman Erik Dollman at erik.dollman@tbs.toshiba.com.

About the organization
Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport. Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

Dartmouth 49 - Yale 5

Match Report – Yale (10/10/15) 

Hanover, NH – This homecoming weekend, the Dartmouth Rugby Club welcomed Yale to participate in their second game of the Ivy season. The game drew a large crowd to the immaculate Brophy Field and the surrounding landscape boasted a beautiful array of fall foliage colors. The Big Green came out firing and played champagne rugby throughout the course of the game and won by a margin of 49 to 5.  

When asked to comment on the victory, Coach Hickie remarked, “We are satisfied with our victory over an ever-improving Yale side. We had the ball for longer periods then in our other games this season and we were pretty accurate in our execution. 

The Big Green kicked off the scoring early with two tries in the first seven minutes from John Abraham ’16 and Co-Captain Erik Warnquist ’16. Abraham scored in his typical fashion, burning his outside man with sheer pace, while Warnquist scored after barreling through the Yale defense taking on multiple men in his stride. Soon enough, Andrew Zhu ’16 added to the tally in his first 1st XV start after multiple linked passes through the backs locked the defense and created space on the outside. The following try came from Steven Hinshaw ’18 after Curtis Oberg ’16 created space for him to run the ball under the posts untouched. The rest of the game saw the Big Green continue to add points up against the opposition with Chris Nkoy ’18 collecting his first 1st XV try after coming on late in the game for Zhu. Yale managed to squeeze in one try after catching the Big Green off guard late in the second half, but were unable to add to anything after that. 

Coach Hickie continued, “We have two wins from two games and we want to continue building momentum. We have a very tricky away game to Brown next week. We take nothing for granted and we are fully aware that each Ivy victory must be earned.” 

The Big Green travels to Brown next weekend (Saturday 17th October) looking to continue their unbeaten Ivy run. The game will kick-off at 1pm at 401 Elmgrove Avenue in Providence with a 2nd XV game to follow. 

Dartmouth 41 - Cornell 19

Match Report – Cornell (10/3/15)

Ithaca, NY – The Big Green travelled across to Cornell this past weekend to participate in their Ivy Season opener. Cornell had already won their first game against Columbia by a tight margin and were in the mood to carry on in that vein. The home side certainly started the game strongly, collecting two quick tries to their name, but Dartmouth demonstrated determination and grit to come back strongly to win the game 41 – 19.

When asked for his opinion after the game, Coach Hickie remarked, “We had an idea that we would have to weather the storm from Cornell and I am happy that we did that effectively.”

As mentioned before, Cornell kicked off the scoring in the first half with two tries that were both the outcome of hard worked and repeated forwards’ running close to Dartmouth’s try line. What followed after was a tightly fought contest with impressive defensive displays from both teams. As Cornell started to show their first signs of withering towards the end of the half, Captain Jack Braun ’16 was the first to fire up the Dartmouth retaliation, running in an individual try after shrugging off many attempted tackles. The second half started again with a quick Cornell try, but the Big Green responded more quickly after half-time substitute Hayden Aldredge ’17 collected a loose ball from a successful kick charge-down from Ollie Engelhart ’18 and put it between the posts to make the game 19 – 17 with Dartmouth still behind by two points. At around the sixtieth minute, a second power-substitute, Andrew Zhu ’16 received the ball out on the wing after slick hands through the backs line and powered through to score a try in the corner, putting the Big Green in the lead for the first time in the game. Zhu’s try gave the Big Green a burst of life as they preceded to run in multiple tries thereafter. Max Hannam ’16 had the next try after repeated phase play opened up an overlap for him on the outside to run the ball into the end zone. Quickly thereafter, Benji Hannam ’18 decided he wanted to outdo his older brother, running evasively for 60 meters dodging tackles left and right to score his first of the season. The last try of the game came from John Abraham ’16 after yet another successful series of linked passes created space for him to touch the ball down in the corner.

Coach Hickie expanded on his earlier comments, saying, “We are excited to finally get our Ivy Conference defense underway. We have learned a lot about our team over the past four weeks and following a very tough preseason series of games, we had to grind out a win over a physical Cornell side, but it is satisfying to return to Hanover with a bonus point victory.”

The Big Green welcomes Yale Rugby to the Corey Ford Clubhouse next week (Saturday 10th October) for their next game in the Ivy Season. The team will be looking to build on their success at Cornell this week in a bid to defend their Ivy League title.

Dartmouth 29 - Navy 55

Match Report – Navy (9/26/15)

Hanover, NH – In the last chance to iron out the kinks before the Ivy season starting next week, Dartmouth met with Varsity Cup rivals, Navy, for a final preseason friendly match up. The Big Green last met with Navy in the spring season when they lost 23-22 in the tightest of games in the first round of the Varsity Cup. The meet this time was a very physical one, much like the Big Greens past two games, with the visitors winning the game 55 – 29.

In the moments after the game, Coach Hickie was asked for his perspective on the game: “We took a step forward today in certain areas of the game. We gifted Navy a couple of soft tries with our own inaccuracies, but we can be pleased with our defensive shape for the most part.”

The first seven points of the game came in the seventh minute when a counter attack off a deep Navy kick landed in the hands of Dawit Workie ’17 who in turn hoofed the ball back down the side of the field, releasing John Abraham ’16 to complete the chase. Given the awkward bounce of the ball, Abraham opted to dribble the ball down the field and into the try zone with his feet before launching on the ball to earn the first points of the game. Navy fought back, and before long they had secured the lead and added to the point’s differential. Before the close of the first half, Curtis Oberg ’16 scored a sensational intercept try after running a good 60 meters. After an inspiring chat with Coach Hickie in the locker room at half time, the Big Green came out raring to go. Max Parker ’17 quickly opened the scoring after he collected a beautiful cross kick from Workie in the try zone. Parker then proceeded to add to his tally after collecting loose ball after a breakdown on the wing before running powerfully into the corner to score the points.

Coach Hickie elaborated on his earlier comments, saying, “We have just completed our exceptionally tough preseason series of games. We believe these games will stand to us as we focus on our Ivy Conference opener against Cornell next week.”

The Big Green travels to Cornell next week (Saturday 3rd October) for their opening game of the Ivy season. The team will be looking to make an emphatic statement towards retaining the Ivy trophy with a strong win off of the back of three tough preseason games.

Dartmouth 14 - AIC 74

Match Report – AIC 9/19/15 

This past weekend, Dartmouth engaged in a home friendly with American International College (AIC). The Big Green was looking to improve on their performance in the BC game in the build up to the Ivy season, which starts with an away game against Cornell on October 3rd. AIC proved to be a tough, physical opponent and won the match 74 to Dartmouth’s 14.  

When asked to comment on the game, Coach Hickie said, “We were looking for progress from our first game of the season and we got it. While the result may not indicate our progress, we are on track in our preparation of the Ivy Season. As a squad, we are aware of the work that we need to do during the week, ahead of our anticipated game against Navy and that work has already started. 

Throughout the game, AIC collected most of their points from strong runners that were able to penetrate the Big Green’s defensive line. Dartmouth scored their first try when Dawit Workie ’17 took the initiative to take a penalty quickly and run the ball in from 15 meters out from the try line. While the Big Green came out of the locker room resilient to overturn the first half deficit in the second half, the team proceeded to defend for the vast majority of the remaining. As the game approached its end, Dartmouth managed to secure a line out deep in AIC’s territory after being awarded a penalty. The team collected itself and was determined to end the game with a try of their own. After possession was retained at the line out, the ball was shifted across the field with quick hands to spread out the defense. The forwards then rucked aggressively providing quick ball to be distributed to the back line. After the ball had worked its way back, it ended up in the hands of Chinedu Okafor ’16, who drove forward and exploited a gap in AIC’s wall to score his first try for Dartmouth Rugby after only recently picking up the sportStrong and notable individual performances throughout the game came from Ollie Engelhart ’18 and Dawit Workie ’17 – two men who consistently punched above their weight when tackling and maintaining the defensive line.  

Coach Hickie continued, “We will focus on our set piece and defense in the week ahead and look to improve in these areas. We have designed a formidable friendly fixture that we will believe will stand us in good stead for the Ivy Rugby Conference 

The Big Green plays Navy in their final preseason game next Saturday (26th) on Brophy Field. The team will be looking to continue their improvement in the lead up to the Ivy season with a strong performance against the visitors.

Dartmouth 17 - BC 43

Match Report – Boston College [09/12/15]

Hanover, NH – This past weekend, the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club hosted Boston College for a preseason friendly game. The meeting served as a quality opportunity to put the lessons learned during the two week preseason training camp to the test. After a full summer of recovery, Brophy field was in prime condition and the sunny weather drew a large crowd onto the grassy banks alongside the field. The game was a physical one with the visitors coming out on top winning by a score of 43 to the Big Green’s 17.

The first half started with intensive defensive displays from both teams and breakthroughs through the defensive walls were infrequent. The first points of the game were awarded to the Big Green as a result of a try from speedster John Abraham ’16 off of the back of a tricky backs play that opened up a hole in the Boston defense. The visitors equalized shortly thereafter from a forwards ball just meters from the try line. Determined to regain the initial lead, the Big Green proceeded to attack with vigor and spent the bulk of the first half camped out in the opposing territory. Unfortunately, a few knock-ons and a strong Boston defensive wall prevented the Big Green from taking points. Towards the end of the first forty minutes, Boston took the lead as they broke away in their own territory to score a lengthy individual try. Dartmouth quickly responded after a trademark Dawit Workie ’17 chip into the try zone was collected and touched down by Gordon Driscoll ’17. At the end of the first half, Boston led 12-10 with the score line accurately reflecting the tight contest.

The second half proved tough for the Big Green as Boston were able to exploit space in the Big Green’s defensive line and scored a few tries in succession. Newly inducted Captain Jack Braun ’16 worked hard to minimize the point’s differential and set an example for the rest of the team after his sheer power and determination shrugged off multiple tackle attempts to score right under the posts.

The Team remained optimistic despite the loss given that many of the starters had not played 1st XV rugby before while other returning players were playing in new positions. Starting prop and football convert Paul Gudmundsson ’17 had only picked up the sport during preseason, which is an accomplishment to be noticed. The 2nd XV, many more of which had only recently picked up the sport, also lost to Boston College after a second half comeback of four tries to one came short of eliminating the first half deficit. Notable performances came from Ian Sullivan ’18, who served as an unrelenting force in both attack and defense lines and from William de Chatellus ’16, who collected two tries to his name throughout the game and demonstrated solid leadership.

This coming Saturday (19th), the DRFC will engage in another preseason friendly against East Coast Rugby Conference power AIC.


Preseason Update


Last Friday evening, the team arrived in sunny Hanover to start preparing for the 2015/16 season. The Team kicked off with a team meeting and a game of touch rugby in order to shake off the stiffness students had endured in their travels. The second and third days brought a steady ramp up in intensity as students re-familiarized themselves with the game after the summer break. Team building activities off the pitch included post-practice swimming in the refreshing Connecticut River and evening cook-outs. On the fourth day, Monday, the Team arrived at the clubhouse bright and early to have breakfast as a team before the first double-practice headliner. Tuesday brought a similar schedule to the previous day, but the ramp-up in intensity continued and fitness drills incorporated rugby applications. 

The Team's first preseason game is on September 12th against Boston College followed by a game against AIC a week later on the 19th. 


6 DRFC Players on USA Rugby National Academic Honor Roll

2015 Awardees 

The DRFC would like to congratulate the following players on their inclusion in the 2015 USA Rugby National Academic Honor Roll:

Jake Levine, Peter Savarese, Brendan Cronin, Michael Wopinski, Jack Braun, and Andrew Berson

Additionally, Levine & Saverese graduated magna cum laude, while Cronin and Wopinski graduated cum laude.

To be nominated for the Honor Roll, a college rugby student-athlete must,

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale at his/her current institution; and
  • be at least a sophomore (second academic year) in class standing; and
  • be a registered member of USA Rugby; and
  • have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution; and
  • be an A-side player, starter, or reserve 


CRC Day 1 Recap

Day 1 of the CRC was one of mixed results for the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club.  The squad won their first two games of the day, before losing their final match to finish second in Group E. They will meet Air Force tomorrow at 2:10pm in the Plate Semifinal.

The day began with a game against hometown favorite St. Joseph's, played on a secondary field outside of PPL Park. Despite the limitations of the field, the DRFC fan base still came out in strong numbers and made their presence felt throughout the game. Dartmouth came out firing on all cylinders, moving St. Joe's all around the field and dominating possession in the first half. Football crossover Cody Patch had a breakout game, scoring the game's first two tries early in the first half. A strong 14-minute performance resulted in a 31-7 win for the Big Green, with all 12 of Dartmouth's players seeing the field.

Dartmouth moved inside the stadium to take on Penn State in their second game of the day. Dartmouth put forward a large starting lineup to match up with Penn State's size, which made the game quite physical from the opening whistle. Once again, Dartmouth played strong rugby, and took a 10-0 lead into the half.  Speedster John Abraham scored a second-half try, and the Big Green took a 15-10 victory after a late push from Penn State.

Dartmouth's third and final game of the day came against Arizona, once again inside PPL Park, and featured on NBC Sports. The game opened up unfavorably for the Big Green, with a few dropped balls and penalties called against the squad. Arizona took a 19-0 lead into the half, and were slowed down in the second half, but walked away with a 24-0 win.  It was a disappointing way to end the day, after Dartmouth had won two games of well-played rugby.

The Big Green finished 9th place overall after the first day, barely missing the Cup quarterfinals, but taking the #1 seed in the Plate tournament. The boys are ready to put Day 1 behind them and have made it their mission to take home hardware from the tournament.

The schedule for Sunday is:

2:10pm vs. Air Force (Plate Semifinal)

4:59pm vs. UCLA/Virginia Tech (Plate Final, with a win)

Both of these games will be televised, with NBC Sports Network broadcasting from 2pm to 4pm, and NBC taking over from 4pm to 6pm.

As always, the DRFC is so grateful to all of our faithful alums, parents, family members, and friends who support us day in and day out. It was amazing to see so many Dartmouth fans with us in Philadelphia today, and we are equally thankful to all of you who are following along from home.