Dartmouth (1-0-0) vs. Army West Point (1-1-1)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Brophy Field
All-Time Series: Army, 1-0
After opening the season in an exciting fashion two weeks ago, the Dartmouth women’s rugby team is back to face Army West Point on Saturday at Brophy Field.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green took down two-time defending national champion and top-ranked Quinnipiac, 22-17, on Sept. 9.
The win was the first against a Quinnipiac team that has been dominant against varsity competition since the program’s inception. The Bobcats had won the only previous meeting two years ago in Hamden en route to the first of their two straight national titles. Dartmouth has claimed a pair of Ivy Rugby crowns in that time and made the national postseason each year, but had not had an opportunity to avenge that first loss to the Bobcats until doing so on in Hanover.
Dartmouth had a great first half, scoring three tries while holding Quinnipiac scoreless. Sands got the first two scores to give the home team a 10-0 lead, while Durbin added another in the 34th minute to enter the intermission with a 15-0 edge.
In the 47th minute, the Bobcats made it 15-7 with their first try and conversion of the afternoon. On the ensuing kick-off, Dartmouth maintained pressure in its attacking third and its forward pack put together several powerful phases of play on the line. Minutes after Quinnipiac’s score, Ihensehkien got her first try of the season and, with a Ramage conversion, the Big Green led, 22-7.
The Bobcats followed that up with two tries of their own, but missed both conversions, ending the game trailing by five.
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army enters this weekend’s match with a record of 1-1-1 following a season-opening loss to Quinnipiac (42-22), a huge win over American International (76-20) and, most recently, a tie against Harvard (33-33). The Crimson led for the entirety of the game, until two Black Knight tries in the final five minutes of play tied things up.
LAST TIME AGAINST ARMY
On Sept. 9, 2016, in the first meeting between the two teams, Dartmouth dropped a 63-12 decision to Army on the road. The Green got things started early with a try and a successful conversion in the sixth minute and, from there, the teams would swap points over the remaining minutes of the first half before the Black Knights took a 17-12 lead into intermission.
Army scored 46 second-half points to come away with the win.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
A few days after the Quinnipiac victory, Sands was named the dartmouthsports.com Female Athlete of the Week. Her team-leading two tries were the first two of the match to give the Big Green a 10-0 lead in the first half.
Those looking for in-game updates can follow the team’s Twitter account: @DartmouthWRugby.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DARTMOUTH?
On Saturday, Sept. 30, Dartmouth will host its third straight match, taking on Princeton at 11 a.m.