Dartmouth’s men’s team continues to hold sway in the Ivy League, and this week the Big Green will get to prove it as they take on similarly 2-0 Brown.
Dartmouth thrashed Harvard in their league opener 60-0 and then last week crushed Yale 69-0.
With interim Head Coach Gavin Hickie lighting a fire behind a developing forward pack, the Big Green are securing plenty of ball for their impressive backline.
Still, the pack got their tries, too. Lock Dylan Jones capped off a nice lineout-and-maul, and hooker Owen Scannell claimed one also. Meanwhile scrumhalf Quinn Connell got two, and when the scrumhalf scores, often the forwards get the credit. Out wide, Parker Gilbert is starting to make big plays, scoring two tries last week and setting up a couple. And don’t forget Junior (and Senior) All American Madison Hughes, who scored 24 points on his own.
Can Brown match that firepower? Their 55-5 defeat of Harvard implies they can, and their defense is almost as solid.
With Alex Lipinsky and Manny Koelliker scoring tries and Scott Fielding kicking goals, Brown has the ability to make scoring opportunities count.
This is the biggest, but not the only big game of the weekend in the Ivy League. Harvard plays Yale in a clash of teams working their way back into the higher ranks, but still a big game because it’s the big rivalry matchup in the entire Ivy League.
Penn takes on Cornell in a key game because Cornell is 0-1 and Penn with just a tie against Princeton. A win for either is an important step toward being among the top two in the South Division.
Penn pulled that tie out in the final moments of last week’s game when sophomore Doug Swift nabbed a loose ball and created a counter attack from turnover ball, feeding fellow sophomore Delaroy Sibanda for the try to make it 33-33. Sibanda scored two on the day, and got a yellow card, so it was a busy day for him. He will be hoping to get on the scoresheet again to put Penn clearly in second.
That is, if Columbia wins again. The New Yorkers beat Cornell 20-12 last week, in a game that was much closer than that. Alex Ryde’s try for Cornell made it 13-12 late, and it wasn’t until Columbia’s Danny Martinez scored that his team could breathe easy.
It really still seems all to play for in the South among Penn at Cornell, and Columbia hosting Princeton.
Ivy League Men
North Division Games
Brown at Dartmouth
Harvard at Yale
South Division Games
Penn at Cornell
Princeton at Columbia