Ivy League Round Two
Tuesday Sep 22, 2009 in Amateur Competitions Division I Colleges
(Yale's Grey Grissom, with Rupert Guest in support, on the attack during Yale's 31-14 round-two win over Penn)
After two rounds of Ivy League Series play, Dartmouth , Harvard, Yale and Brown are all2-0.
Dartmouth 80, Columbia 0
Lincroft, NJ - Dartmouth found the shutout it was looking for in its second match of the inaugural Ivy League season, scoring 14 tries en-route to blanking hapless Columbia 80-0.
Sophomores Paul Jarvis (four tries) and Will Lehman (three tries) lead the Big Green to its lopsided win over the hosting Lions.
“I was impressed with the way the boys played,” remarked Dartmouth captain Matt Dinger, “This was definitely a step forward from where we were last weekend.”
“Dartmouth ran and executed well. They played an error-free game and certainly deserved the win,” said Columbia coach Sean Horan. “ Columbia made too many errors today; we missed tackles and had too many turnovers. We kept ourselves at arm’s length the whole game.”
Columbia is in the midst of a rebuilding program, explained Horan. “We don’t have unreasonably high expectation. We’ll do our best; that’s all we can hope to do.”
Dartmouth took advantage of a number of Columbia miscues, most notably when Junior Chris Downer picked off an ill-advised Lions pass and returned it for a 60 meter try to end the first half.
“We moved the ball well and had good things come of that. It was a good weekend for us,” Dartmouth co-captain Sam Edandison explained.
Columbia captain Paul Wallace pointed out that Columbia must stay positive, especially coming off a close loss to Brown on Saturday. He explained that Columbia has some players coming back from injuries and that the team hopes, “to be able to win some games by the end of October.”
Of the visiting Dartmouth side Wallace said, “Their win today was a 15-man effort. Dartmouth is the team to beat.”
The Big Green returned to Hanover to prepare for their home opener next weekend against Yale. “We had two quality wins this weekend, but we have a challenging match with Yale next weekend,” remarked Dartmouth co-captain Mike Dibenedetto, “I think we are ahead, in some respects, of where we were last year, but we have a long way to go. We can build on these two wins.”
Dartmouth is now 2-0 in the Ivy season, having outscored its two opponents by a
Harvard 96, Princeton 12
Princeton, NJ - Following Saturday’s 44-0 victory over Penn, Harvard traveled to Princeton for their second Ivy Series match. In a game that featured strong play from the Crimson forwards, Harvard routed the Tigers 96-12.
Flyhalf Charlie Boutwell opened Harvard’s account with a quick try. Dan Deighton, Jonathan Kola, and Khaki Burke followed with tries of their own. Deighton scored four more tries and Burke ran in two more before all was said and done.
Xander Groeneveld, Connor Heard, TJ Brennan, Jonathan Rossi and Dave Renteln also scored tries. The game featured big hits from Harvard’s Man of the Match Xander Groeneveld and Jeff Overall. Mike Sharp also put in some quality minutes, dominating the rucks.
Princeton’s scoring came from two Zac Flowerman tries and a conversion by Juan Mazzini.
Yale 31, Penn 14
Philadelphia, PA - Following Saturday’s win over Princeton, Yale traveled to Philadelphia where it recorded a 31-14 win over the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn came out strong, was aggressive at the breakdown and drew first blood with a converted try in the 25th minute, 7-0.
Penn knocked on the ensuing kickoff deep in its own half. Two minutes later Yale flyhalf Sam Cartmell battled through the Penn defense for a try that Ryan Vandersloot converted, 7-7.
After Penn gave Yale that gift deep in its territory, Yale returned the favor. Penn’s ensuing kickoff was knocked on deep in Yale territory and Penn was able to carry the momentum into the end zone for a try. Following the conversion, Penn was up 14-7 in the 29th minute.
A penalty kick by Yale’s Ryan Vandersloot narrowed Penn’s lead to 14-10 at the half.
After some half time encouragement, Yale was able to limit second half penalties and turnovers.
Fifteen minutes after the restart, Yale wing Matt Lacasse broke free for a strong, tackle-breaking run down the sideline, resulting in a try under the posts that Vandersloot converted, 17-14.
Yale picked up the pace at this point, maintained positional advantage and dominated the set pieces. Ten minutes later, off good phase ball on Penn’s goal line, flanker Phil Constantinou punched in a try that Vandersloot converted, 24-14.
Minutes later, Vandersloot converted a try by Yale No. 8 Tim Shriver to bring the final score to 31-14.
Brown 21, Cornell 10
Ithaca, NY - Following Saturday’s 16-10 win over Columbia in its Ivy Series opener, Brown improved its record to 2-0 with Sunday’s 21-10 victory over Cornell.
Cornell jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a penalty kick in the fourth minute by fly-half Matt Mullery and then neutralized Brown until the 18th minute At that point Brown won a lineout at Cornell’s 5-meter line and fullback Rob Powell ran in an unconverted try for a 5-3 lead that held up until halftime.
In the second half, fullback Sam Rabb kicked two penalties in the first 16 minutes of the second half to increase Brown’s lead to 11-3.
Four minutes later, Brown scored its best try of the weekend. From a scrum on its own 30 meter line, scrumhalf Dave Riley spun the ball to freshman flyhalf Zahid Jethani. It then went through the hands of center Hao Li and wing Ben Baker to fullback Sam Rabb, who went 40 meters for the try. Rabb added the conversion, 18-3 Brown.
At 68 minutes, Cornell's Benja Davies chipped over the Brown backline, collected on the bounce, and ran it in under the posts. Matt Mullery converted, 18-10.
A penalty goal by Brown’s Sam Rabb at full time brought the final score to 21-10.
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