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Championship Match: Dartmouth 24, Arizona 5

June 3, 2012 1 comment

2012 College Rugby Sevens Champions, Dartmouth. Photo: Kevin McGuire

Dartmouth did it again! Last year the Ivy League rugby sevens team made a bit of a surprise run to a championship, but this year was a different story. Dartmouth completed an undefeated run through the Collegiate Rugby Championships this weekend, capping their run with a second straight championship celebration after defeating Arizona, 24-5.

With a man down on the field being tended to with an injury, it may have only been a matter of time before Dartmouth could take advantage. At the five-minute mark, Dartmouth’s Kevin Clark worked his way in to the end for a try, and Derek Fish kicked the conversion for a 7-0 lead. The defending champs extended their lead to 14-0 with a Will Mueller try and another Fish conversion. From there Dartmouth was in full control. A late first half try by Will Mueller pushed the lead to 19-0 and left Arizona in need of catching their breath and figuring out what went wrong. Before the half, Brett Thompson put the Wildcats on the board, in hopes things could still be salvaged in the second half, down 19-5.

The second half saw smothering defense, keeping Arizona far from threatening the entire remainder of the game, and Dartmouth adding a bit of insurance with a Will Lehmann try at the 15-minute mark to put a cherry on top of Dartmouth’s Sunday.

Collegiate Rugby Championship Results

Dartmouth

Match 3: Dartmouth 31, Delaware 5
Match 11: Dartmouth 31, Maryland 7
Match 18: Dartmouth 28, Florida 0

Championship Quarter: Dartmouth 35, Wisconsin 5
Championship Semi: Dartmouth 21, Cal 19

Championship Match: Dartmouth 24, Arizona 5

Arizona

Match 5: Arizona 31, Oklahoma 12
Match 13: Arizona 33, Texas 7
Match 21: Arizona 38, N.C. State 0 

Championship Quarter: Arizona 26, Navy 5
Championship Semi: Arizona 19, LIFE 12
Championship Match: Dartmouth 24, Arizona 5

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Championship Bracket Semi Finals: Dartmouth 21, Cal 19

June 3, 2012 4 comments

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.

Championship Bracket: Dartmouth 35, Wisconsin 5

June 3, 2012 1 comment

The defending champions had little trouble with the Wisconsin Badgers in the second match of the championship rounds Sunday. Dartmouth, who outscored their opponents in pool play by a combined 90-12, blasted Wisconsin 35-5.

Dartmouth converted a Wisconsin turnover in to a pretty try to open the scoring, with a nice pass to Will Mueller allowing him to run for the score without interference. The conversion by Derek Fish put Dartmouth up 7-0. Madison Hughes scored two minutes later and Fish made another conversion to build a 14-0 lead while Wisconsin was still attempting to find a path across midfield. A nasty stiff arm by Kevin Clark helped Dartmouth get back on the board one more time in the first half, taking a 21-0 lead in to the break.

Dartmouth will meet Cal in the second round later today.

Match 18: Dartmouth 28, Florida 0

June 2, 2012 2 comments

Dartmouth clinched the top seed in Pool B with a shutout of the Florida Gators.

Dartmouth scored twice in the first half, with Madison Hughes and Will Muellwe each scoring a try, and Derek Fish picking up the conversion each time for a 14-0 halftime lead. With the pace slowing down in the second half, Dartmouth’s Kevin Clark took a route right up the middle of the field from midfield, used a stiff arm and high step to break a  tackle on his way to a try to help Dartmouth start to pull away from the Gators.

Dartmouth will play Wisconsin in the championship bracket’s opening round Sunday. The Badgers finished second in Pool A on Saturday. Florida will play the Temple Owls in the challenger bracket.

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Match 11: Dartmouth 31, Maryland 7

June 2, 2012 2 comments

Dartmouth is clearly on a mission this morning. Two matches in and the defending champions have walked off the pitch with a pair of dominating victories. Dartmouth improved to 2-0 with a 31-7 takedown of Maryland.

Maryland took a 7-5 lead in the first half but Dartmouth scored twice before halftime to take command. Kevin Clark and Paul Jarvis each recorded a try before halftime to build a nice lead for Dartmouth, and the second half saw the lone Ivy League representative pull away with the win.

Dartmouth’s next match is scheduled for 4:35, and they will take on Florida (1-0). The Gators defeated Maryland earlier in the morning, 19-7. Maryland returns to the field at 4:06 to take on Delaware. Delaware could be in a tough situation, as the Blue Hens will open up the afternoon session against Florida, and play two hours later to wrap up the first afternoon segment.

Match 3: Dartmouth 31, Delaware 5

June 2, 2012 2 comments

Dartmouth came to the 2012 Collegiate Rugby Championships  looking to defend their 2011 championship. If their first match was any indication, Dartmouth will be very difficult to beat after cruising past Delaware. The Rugby powerhouse scored early and often against the Blue Hens and never allowed one of the hometown teams to find any wiggle room to work with. Delaware scored in the final seconds to get on the scoreboard but Dartmouth posted a 31-5 victory to move to 1-0 in the tournament.

Dartmouth will take on Maryland in Match 11, the final match of the morning schedule. Delaware will open the afternoon session against Florida in match 12.