Ivy Rugby Semifinal
Dartmouth Big Green (5-1) vs.
Brown Bears (1-4)
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 – 2 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Brophy Field
The Dartmouth rugby team will play host to Brown Saturday at 2 p.m. in the semifinals of the Ivy Rugby Tournament at Brophy Field.
HOW WE GOT HERE
The Big Green earned the top seed in the conference’s postseason thanks to a 4-0 mark in league play this season, while finishing 5-1 overall.
- Ivy Rugby has been broken up into two tiers with Dartmouth claiming the No. 1 seed in the first tier. Saturday’s opponent Brown is the fourth seed with Harvard hosting Princeton in the other semifinal matchup as the Crimson were second and the Tigers third this season.
- Cornell will play Penn in Ithaca as it is the top seed in the second tier with Yale hosting Columbia.
- The winners of this weekend’s games will play the other semifinal winner from their own tier next Sunday (Nov. 6) at Harvard to determine the league champion (tier 1).
2016 FINAL IVY RUGBY STANDINGS
Tier 1 Tier 2
1 – Dartmouth Cornell
2 – Harvard Yale
3 – Princeton Columbia
4 – Brown Penn
Saturday, Oct. 29 Ivy League Semi-Finals:
Game 1: Penn (4T2) at Cornell (1T2)
Game 2: Columbia (3T2) at Yale (2T2)
Game 3: Brown at Dartmouth (1T1)
Game 4: Princeton (3T1) at Harvard (2T1)
Sunday, Nov. 6 Ivy League Finals (at Mignone Field, Harvard)
9:00 a.m. / Loser Game 1 v Loser Game 2
10:45 a.m. / Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
12:30 p.m. / Loser Game 3 v Loser Game 4
2:00 p.m. / Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4 (Tier 1 Championship)
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth capped the regular season two weeks ago with a convincing 84-15 win at Princeton. Rookies Isabel Boettcher and Frankie Sands combined for seven tries in the win with the former notching four and the latter recording three. Sophomore Kat Ramage also posted six successful conversions.
DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN
The Big Green and Bears meet for the second time in as many years during the postseason. Brown came to Hanover last season and held a 12-0 lead at halftime, but a stringent Dartmouth defense kept Brown off the scoreboard in the second half, while the offense countered with 19 unanswered points to take the 2015 crown.
The Bears have had an interesting year, starting off with a 51-18 loss at home to Dartmouth on Sept. 17 that sparked a four-game skid to follow. The team’s lone win was an 81-5 triumph at Yale on Oct. 15. Brown’s quarterfinal game last week against Cornell was called off, giving the Bears an automatic berth into this weekend’s semifinal match-up with the Big Green.
- Dartmouth has outscored its opponents 303-137 in its six games this season. That works out to an average of 50.5 to 22.8 per games, a difference of 27.7 points. Those numbers are slightly skewed thanks to a 110-0 win against Columbia as well as a 63-12 loss at Army.
- Removing the two non-conference games played this season (AIC and Army), the average score in four Ivy contests has been 66.75 to 13 in favor of the Green.
LEADERS OF THE PACK
Boettcher finished the regular season as the team leader with 50 points thanks to her 10 tries. Ramage was second on the team with 43 points despite only one successful try this season. Ramage is far and away the team leader with 19 conversions, making up 38 of her 43 points. Freshman Sands (7), Becca Jane Rosko (6) and Eva Klein (6) round out the quartet of players who have scored at least five tries in 2016. All four players to reach the figure are freshmen.
COACH DOWTY’S KEYS TO SUCCESS
SET PIECE - In our last matchup, Brown's strengths were their scrum and kicking game. We're looking to win the battle at the scrum especially and get a good solid platform for launching our attack.
BALL MOVEMENT - Running rugby is the cornerstone of our attack. We've elevated our speed of play and decision making every game this season. We're hoping to display how well we take advantage of any space the defense leaves us.
URGENCY - Your work is never done in a rugby match. As soon as you make one play, you have to already be supporting or setting up the next phase. Moving urgently - and with purpose - keeps us one step ahead of the opposition. We're learning to pride ourselves on this, on and off the pitch, and hopefully it will pay dividends on Saturday.
- Katie Dowty
Fans looking to follow the action on Saturday are asked to follow the team's official Twitter account @DartmouthWRugby.