HANOVER, N.H. - Freshman Lilly Durbin had a career-high five tries in Dartmouth women's rugby's 45-7 defeat of No. 3 Army West Point at Brophy Field Saturday.
With its first win over the Black Knights in program history, the Big Green improved to 2-0 on the season with wins over No. 1 Quinnipiac last week and the third-ranked Black Knights.
“We were looking to do two things today,” head coach Katie Dowty said after the game. “We wanted to improve on our first match and let the ball do the work, and we did that. We were able to really use our width and unleash our outside backs.
“On top of that, we really wanted to have discipline and defense and the team was able to adjust to early calls and play really smart,” Dowty added. “Overall, it was a great team effort and we are starting to see the potential we have.”
Right from the beginning, the match was in Dartmouth’s favor. Ihensehkien opened scoring in the fourth minute and, following a good conversion from Ramage, it was Durbin’s turn. At 14:27, she intercepted a pass and touched it down between the posts and, seven minutes later, finished a stolen lineout. Two more good conversions by Ramage made it a 21-0 game heading into the second half.
Just as she did in the first half, Ihensehkien got things started with a try, with the assist going to Ramage. Durbin came back for more, diving over the line to make it a 31-0 match. Army scored its first and only try of the match and, with a good conversion, was trailing, 31-7. However, Durbin got her fourth try of the day soon after to put Dartmouth comfortably ahead, 38-7.
With less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, Durbin added one more try for good measure, assisted by senior Frankie Sands and converted by Johnson.
“We have been working really hard since we got here, perfecting certain things, and this game showed that,” Durbin said. “We played as a team and supported each other because, without support, you can’t do anything. I feel so blessed and honored to be part of this team and to be able to beat Army for the first time. It is a really cool thing to be a part of and we owe it all to our coaches.
Next Saturday, Dartmouth will host Princeton at Brophy Field.