IVY RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Dartmouth Big Green (6-1) vs.
Harvard Crimson (6-1)
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 – 2:15 p.m.
Cambridge, Mass. – Mignone Field
The Dartmouth rugby team will play for a chance at the 2016 Ivy title Sunday at Harvard’s Mignone Field. Despite being the top seed in the league’s postseason, the Big Green will not have home field advantage in the championship game as the Crimson will play host to all four games to close out the tournament.
HOW WE GOT HERE
- Dartmouth knocked off Brown, 45-14, on Saturday afternoon at Brophy Field to punch its ticket to the final for the second year in a row.
- Like the Big Green, Harvard also seemed to have an easy time in its semifinal matchup, defeating Princeton with ease, 55-0. It marked the second straight game in which the Crimson defense posted a shutout.
Saturday, Oct. 29 Ivy Semifinals:
Game 1: Cornell 14, Penn 0 (Forfeit)
Game 2: Columbia 22, Yale 10
Game 3: Dartmouth 45, Brown 14
Game 4: Harvard 55, Princeton 0
Sunday, Nov. 6 Ivy Finals (at Mignone Field, Harvard)
9:00 a.m. (5/6 Game): Cornell vs. Columbia
10:45 a.m. (7/8 Game): Yale vs. Penn
12:30 p.m. (Third-Place): Brown vs. Princeton
2:15 p.m. (Championship): Harvard vs. Dartmouth
The 2016 season seemed to be a collision course for Harvard and Dartmouth to meet in the Ivy Tournament Championship. Both teams come into the weekend with 6-1 records, but with the Crimson’s lone blemish coming at the hands of the Green and White, 22-19, back on Oct. 1.
- The Crimson’s most impressive stat of the year is not in their three shutouts, but in the fact that they average more points scored per game (50.58) than they have allowed in total all season (47).
- The 22-19 loss in Hanover to start October marked the only time this season that Harvard had failed to score 30 points as a 32-7 win at Navy in the season opener was its second-lowest scoring output of the year.
- The Crimson are seeking to return to the top of the conference for the first time since 2013. The team was third two years ago, but failed to win a tournament game last season.
- A strong defensive team, the Harvard attack is balanced and has boasted 17 different players recording tries this season.
RUN IT UP EARLY
Dartmouth wasted little time in setting the tone against the Bears last weekend. Freshman Frankie Sands scored twice in the first half with Kat Ramage converting on both tries. Ramage then scored one herself and converted on her try to give the Green a 21-0 lead in the 30th minute.
Isabel Boettcher wasn’t about to let fellow freshman Sands have all the fun. Boettcher touched down twice and converted on another in the 31-point win, leading the team with 12 points. In total this season, the freshman has 12 tries, three more than second-place Sands.
RETURN TO THE TOP
Dartmouth is seeking to claim its second straight Ivy Rugby Conference crown on Sunday. The Big Green erased a 12-0 halftime deficit last season against Brown in Hanover to capture the 2015 title.
COACH DOWTY'S KEYS TO SUCCESS
DEPTH - The depth of our roster has grown dramatically since our last outing versus Harvard in early October. The level of competition at training has been very high and our bench is ready to make major contributions in this final.
ATTITUDE - It's obviously a high stakes game, but the team is feeling confident that we've made important gains from week to week throughout the season. More than anything we're excited to showcase what we can do. Just like any other day at the office, we're going out there to play our best rugby of the season.
OUR GAME - Our goal on Sunday, like everyday, is to play "Our Game." We and Harvard play very different styles of rugby and have different strengths. Our focus is on forcing them to keep up with our style of play rather than trying to beat them at their own game.
- Katie Dowty
Those looking to follow the action Sunday at Harvard’s brand-new facility can do so on the Ivy League Digital Network. Fans also looking for in-game details and insights are also encouraged to follow the team’s official Twitter account: @DartmouthWRugby.