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NIRA QUARTERFINAL
No. 1 Dartmouth (6-0) vs. No. 7 American International (3-5)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 11
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Brophy Field
All-Time Series: Tied, 1-1
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THIS WEEKEND
The No. 1 Dartmouth women’s rugby team will host No. 7 American International in the NIRA Quarterfinal, facing the Yellow Jackets at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.

LAST TIME OUT
Led by Frankie Sands with a pair of tries, No. 2 Dartmouth defeated No. 4 Harvard, 22-8, at Brophy Field on Oct. 28 to claim its third consecutive Ivy Rugby Championship.

Since making the jump to varsity status in 2015, the Big Green and head coach Katie Dowty have dominated Ivy competition, winning the conference title each year, including the two most recent championships at the expense of the Crimson. 

Sands ended the day with 10 points, while Kat Ramage had seven on one try and one conversion. Becca Jane Rosko also scored a try, while Idia Ihensehkien had a good game, assisting on two tries. 

BACK AT THE TOP
The Big Green were selected as the No. 1 overall seed for the 2017 NIRA postseason tournament after going undefeated this season.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals – Saturday, November 11
#7 AIC at #1 Dartmouth– 2 p.m.
#6 Norwich at #2 Quinnipiac – 11 a.m.

#5 Harvard at #4 Army West Point – TBD

Semifinals – Friday, November 17 – Game Times TBD
#3 Central Washington vs. Winner of Quinnipiac/Norwich
Winner of Dartmouth/AIC vs. Winner of Army/Harvard

Finals – Sunday, November 19 – 12 p.m.
TBD 

SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS
AIC enters this weekend with a record of 3-5. This past weekend, the Yellow Jackets closed the regular season with a 69-15 victory over Sacred Heart. Although Dartmouth and AIC did not meet this season, the teams played some of the same opponents. The Yellow Jackets fell to Army West Point (76-20) and Quinnipiac twice (60-24, 74-5).

LAST TIME AGAINST AIC
The Big Green and the Yellow Jackets met twice last fall, splitting their matches. Dartmouth opened the 2016 season by edging AIC, 24-22, scoring first and holding on to the lead throughout the remainder of the contest. Rosko had two second-half tries to help lead the Green to victory. Dartmouth saw its season end in the NIRA quarterfinal last November, falling by a score of 33-29.

THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
Possession – “We’re always happy to play defense, but we’re looking to have the majority of possession this match and let our attack set the tone.”

Tempo – “We want to dictate the tempo. We’ll rely on our work rate and being quick in support to push the pace.”

Discipline – “Keeping our penalty count at a minimum and keeping our composure in critical moments.”
– Head coach Katie Dowty

WHAT’S NEXT?
The winner of the Dartmouth vs. AIC match will play the winner of Harvard vs. Army in the semifinal on Friday, Nov. 17 at Quinnipiac.