Taking the field for the first time since returning from its spring tour to the Cayman Islands, and playing in a 7s tournament for the first time since the Ivies in November, Dartmouth didn’t show any rust in winning the Scott F. Milley Memorial 7s Tournament hosted by the University of New Hampshire Saturday.
The Big Green entered four teams in the college division, and while all of them had positive moments on the day, the first 12 by far enjoyed the best results, going undefeated en route to brining home the championship.
The top side started the day with a game against the University of Connecticut in pool play, and they made sure to put away their opponents early. Powered by three tries from wing Kevin Clark and one by center Clark Judge, The Big Green raced out to a 24-0 lead at halftime. They continued to pour it on in the second half with props Paul Jarvis and Nate Brakeley, as well as scrumhalf Derek Fish, adding scores to bring the final tally to 45-0.
The Big Green kept up the fine form in their next match against American International College (AIC). Like against UConn, Jarvis, Fish, and Clark provided the offense, as Jarvis scored two tries and the latter two each put in one of their own. Center Will Mueller scored as well in the 33-5 win.
With the two convincing wins, Dartmouth found itself with the number one seed and a first-round bye in the playoff round, resulting in a match with the Dartmouth seconds in the semifinals.
The second side had proved themselves to be no slouches, going undefeated after beating the University of New Hampshire’s seconds 35-0, the Dartmouth fourths 24-12 and Albany 14-12. In addition, they notched a 19-7 win against Norwich University in the quarterfinals.
Center Brian Flint would had fantastic solo effort for a try a quarter of the way into the game, but it would be the second side’s lone high point. Tries by Fish, flyhalf Will Lehmann, wing Wilson Chockley, and prop Lawrence Anfo-Whyte created a lead too big to come back from, and the firsts won handily, 33-5.
The firsts drew a rematch with AIC in the final.
Brakeley put up an early try, and Clark and Lehmann would quickly follow with identical efforts to increase the lead to 17-0. From there the route was on, as almost all of the previous scorers found their way back into the try zone before game’s end. Coupled with some dominating defense that successfully stymied AIC’s attack, the total performance was more than enough to earn Dartmouth a convincing 45-0 win and the championship.
Dartmouth will turn its focus back towards 15s in preparation for the Ivy Tournament April 14-15 at Princeton. The winner gets the Ivy’s bid to the Sweet 16.