PRINCETON, N.J. – Dartmouth women’s rugby had another successful weekend, winning all five of their matches to finish first at the Ivy 7s Championship. The Big Green defeated two-time defending champion Harvard in the final to claim the title.
Senior Frankie Sands was named Co-MVP along with Princeton’s Jessica Lu following a vote by the head coaches. Sands ended the weekend with six tries for 30 points, while sophomore Lilly Durbin had seven tries and three conversions for a total of 41 points. Sophomore Casey Smerczynski had at least one try in four of the games, finishing with five after a two-try performance against Brown in the semifinal.
“This tournament was an all-around team effort for us, with 15 players taking the field over the course of five games,” head coach Katie Dowty said. “The collective effort allowed us to push the pace in the later rounds, putting up 69 unanswered points in the semifinal and final, with good ball movement and interplay on attack. Our connection and control on the defensive side of the ball had been our focus headed into this weekend, so we were very happy so see that improve over the course of the day.
“The Ivy 7s Championship is a unique chance to bring all eight Ivy teams together on a single day and show support for each other as we all continue to grow the game,” Dowty continued. “Thank you to Princeton Rugby for hosting a great event this year!”
Pool Match 1 vs. Yale
Final score: W, 29-14
Tires: Sands (2), Tong, Smerczynski, Anderson
Conversions: Tong, Johnson
Pool Match 3 vs. Penn
Final score: W, 31-7
Tries: Durbin (2), Pennell, Player, Smerczynski
Conversions: Durbin (2), Tong
Pool Match 3 vs. Princeton
Final score: W, 33-7
Tries: Sands (3), Ihensekhien, Smerczynski
Conversions: Ramage (2), Johnson (2)
Semifinal vs. Brown
Final score: W, 40-0
Tries: Durbin (3), Smerczynski (2), Sands, Ramage, Thomas
Final vs. Harvard
Final score: W, 29-0
Tries: Hand (2), Durbin (2), Ihensekhien
Conversions: Durbin, Ramage
Dartmouth will compete at the Bowdoin Polar Bear Sevens Tournament next Saturday. The tournament serves as an automatic qualifier for 7s nationals, which will be held on Saturday, May 19.