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Championship Bracket Semi Finals: Dartmouth 21, Cal 19

The defenses continued to be the story in the championship round semifinals. Dartmouth and California had put up plenty of points this weekend but found themselves on even ground in their semifinal match. Cal took a 12-7 lead in to the half, but Dartmouth used some late scores to pick up the tight 21-19 win, advancing to the championship round with a chance to successfully defend their national championship.

Dartmouth took a lead midway through the first half when Derek Fish made the conversion on Madison Highes’ try, giving the Ivy Leaguers a 7-5 lead, but Ahmed Chehade scored a try at the end of the first half and Alex Aronson picked up the conversion to put the Bears back in front at the break.

Cal and Dartmouth exchanged tries and conversions t open the second half, with Cal holding on to a 19-14 lead midway through the half. A costly midfield turnover by Cal gave Dartmouth a fantastic coring opportunity and after some hard work Dartmouth finally picked up the try in the final minute of the match, to take a 21-19 lead after the conversion of Kevin Clark’s try.

Dartmouth advances to the championship match, where they will face Arizona. Cal will take on LIFE in the consolation match.

  1. Andrew
    June 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    After giant blowouts in three of the four Quarterfinal matches, that was what I’ve been looking for today, both Semifinal matches tight battles going down to the end. I definitely hope Dartmouth and Arizona in the Championship Final is no different.

  2. Simon
    June 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Yeah compared to last year with mostly really tight quarters, I think the depth wasn’t quite there this year – having Utah in would again spiced things up a bit more.

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