HANOVER, N.H. – Led by freshman Lilly Durbin with five tries, the No. 1-ranked Dartmouth women’s rugby team defeated No. 7 American International (AIC) by an impressive 80-12 score in the NIRA Quarterfinal at Brophy Field on Saturday.
The Big Green remain undefeated with a record of 7-0, while the Yellow Jackets saw their season end with a 3-6 mark. This will be the first time in its three-year history that Dartmouth has advanced to the national semifinals.
“We played the way we wanted to play today,” head coach Katie Dowty said. “We took care of the ball, put each other into space, and ran with purpose. We’re really happy with that and even prouder of the collective effort that saw eight different players find the try zone and 10 end up on the scoresheet. This was great momentum to have headed into the championship weekend.”
So many players had a hand in the victory. Senior Frankie Sands and sophomore Becca Jane Rosko both had two tries and junior Kat Ramage had eight points from four conversions. Freshman Marin Pennell, sophomore Berit DeGrandpre, juniors Danielle Ramsay and Milla Anderson as well as senior Rachel Hand all ended the match with one try apiece, while junior Alex Stendahl recorded one conversion.
Dartmouth had a 58-0 advantage and had held AIC scoreless for over 50 minutes before the Yellow Jackets got their first points of the game early in the second thanks to Kayla Hunkin Clark. After that first AIC try, Anderson, Pennell and DeGrandpre scored to make it a 75-5 match before the Yellow Jackets got their second Hunkin Clark try of the day, this time with a good conversion (75-12).
In the 76th minute and with time quickly winding down, Sands added her second score of the game for good measure to end the match.
This was a bit of revenge for the Green, who saw their 2016 season end in the national quarterfinals to AIC in Springfield.
Dartmouth will play the winner of the Army/Harvard matchup in the semifinal on Friday, Nov. 17, at a time yet to be determined. Both the semifinal and the final – which will be played two days later – will be hosted by Quinnipiac in Hamden, Connecticut.