Dartmouth hosted the 2016 Ivy League 7s Tournament in Hanover, NH on April 30. With the whole Ivy League present except for Princeton, Dartmouth entered two teams into the tournament. The Big Green looked to defend its home turf and did not disappoint, with both the A and B side teams sweeping their respective brackets to secure a first and second place finish.
After a tough game, Harvard edged out Princeton rugby 25-21. Princeton’s Man of the match was Nezim Mmegwa. Harvard (#1 seed) played Princeton (#4 seed) in the first round of the Ivy 15s playoffs in Canton, Mass.
Cornell racked up a decisive win on Saturday, defeating Brown 53-17 in the first round of the Ivy 15s playoff in Canton, Mass. Up 34-3 at the half, Cornell brought it to 53-3 before Brown's first try of the game made it 53-10. Brown found their groove and would score again but it was too little too late to defeat Big Red.
Much is written about the birth of American Football in the Ivy League in the 1870s, but it was not until 1880 that Walter Camp lobbied the Ivies and succeeded to change the game from 15-a-side to 11-a-side. If we read between the lines of this American Football article, it's rugby that was predominantly played in the second half of the 1870s and it was played at Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia.
Cornell visited Yale for a 1 p.m. match. Tries by Charlie Hill '18, Jacob Woocher '16 and Luke Thomas '16 with three conversions by Evan Brown '16 helped Yale to a 21-13 win. There has been some positive play for the Bulldogs this Fall, with Yale scoring 18 tries in their 5 league games.
Cornell defeated Columbia on homecoming weekend in Ithaca by a score of 26-11. Cornell scored 4 tries and converted in three out of four attempts. Columbia crossed the try line once in addition to making two penalty kicks.
Things did not look promising last September for Cornell University men’s rugby. Big Red started the fall fifteens season with a crushing loss to Dartmouth, and were then handed a defeat by Columbia. The losses were unexpected after an unbeaten 2013 fall season.