Brown First XV v. Columbia First XV

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Randall's Island Park
New York, NY
7:30 pm                    

“One thing about championship teams is that they’re resilient.  No matter what is thrown at them…they find a way to overcome adversity” (Nick Saban)

This quote clearly describes Brown’s start to the day this past Saturday.  Bus arrangements fell through and left the team scrambling for alternative transportation, with the team arriving at the field only minutes before kick-off.  Lucky for the Bears, Columbia was sympathetic to the issue and allowed the kick of time to be pushed back 30 minutes.  With no preparation time, Brown took the field and kicked off right at 7:30pm.  The 3+ hours of travel and lack of prep took its toll as the team struggled to find any consistency in its pattern for much of the first half. 

With senior captain Joseph Paolino left home with an illness, president Peter McHugh took charge of the side.  At just shy of the 10 minute mark, Brown was on the board when John Landers went over for a score.  Columbia, not to be outdone, came back less then 5 minutes later and leveled the score off a series of pick and jams from a goal line ruck. 

It took close to another ten minutes before Mike Ball was able to find his way into the in goal area.  That try was converted by McHugh to take the lead.  Columbia then slotted a penalty kick at the 26 minute mark however Brown now seemed to be stringing more and more phases of play together and was showing signs of gaining control of the match. With 9 minutes left in the first half, junior Nick Hoynes got his hands on the ball just outside the Bear’s 22 line.  He took off moving left across the field, beating the defender on the outside.  Several steps in and out saw defenders left wondering what had just happened.  Eventually, Hoynes was roped close to the goal line, but too little-too late, as great support play saw fullback Mike Ball gather up the ball and go over for his second score of the day.  Columbia responded again with a converted try to end the half 17-15 in favor of Brown.

The half time breather was what Brown needed to regain focus.  All were now ready to put the work in and “deliver the good news” to the Lions.  It didn’t take long.  Two minutes in, Brown executed a well driven lineout.  The ball came out to the backs where Ogilvy missed the first center and hit junior Connor McDermott who went over for his first try on the day.  The try was converted by McHugh.  A few minutes later came more “good news” for Columbia as defensive pressure off a Columbia lineout saw Landers with ball in hand and a second score for him on the day.  This conversion was also converted by McHugh who seemed to be striking the ball cleanly.  At the 57th minute of the second half, Brown counter attacked off a kick.  Ogilvy attacked but fed the ball to McDermott who notched his second score of the day.  Once again, McHugh made it look easy as he added to 2 extra points to put Brown well ahead with 38 points. 

At the 60 minute mark, Brown made some changes in the side bringing on Dakota Fenn, Matt Jenkins and Alan Swierczynski.  Not long after the changes, McDermott broke free again and touched down for his 3rd try of the day.  Columbia did not go down quietly as they began a very aggressive pick and go game at the rucks.  With 10 minutes to go, this tactic paid off for them as they scored another converted try to reduce Brown’s advantage to 21 points.  But the Lions new found momentum was short lived as Landers, looking for his 3rd try of the day, drew 3 defenders to put wing Placid Unegbu through for Brown’s 48th point on the day.  McHugh made it a round 50 pushing the conversion through the uprights, converting 4 of 5 second half tries.  With the game in hand and no time remaining, Columbia again went to the pick and jam game.  The Lions charged over for the last score of the day and the well needed bonus point for them in league standings.  The conversion for them was good as the referee blew his whistle to end the game 50 points to 29 in favor of Brown. 

Referee:    Tom Tani

Brown Squad
1.        Kerim Saraoglu'20
2.        John Landers’17
3.        Henry Richardson '17
4.        Graham Rotenberg’17
5.        Francis Rosenberg’18, replaced at 63 minutes by Dakota Fenn ‘19
6.        Nzimande Nkanyiso’20, replaced at 63 minutes by Matt Jenkins’18
7.        Luke Hayhoe’18
8.        Jae Kim’20
9.        Thomas Kim’18
10.      Alexander Ogilvy’20
11.      Placid Unegbu’17
12.      Peter McHugh’17, replaced at 60 minutes by Alan Swierczynski’18
13.      Connor McDermott’18
14.      Nick Hoynes'18
15.      Mike Ball ‘18, replaced at 63 minutes by Peter McHugh’17

Reserves:  Michael Manning’17, Dakota Fenn ’19, Matt Jenkins’18, Alan Swierczynski’18, Federico Torti’18, Henry Miller ‘19


Brown Second XV v. Columbia Second XV

Because of having to leave the majority of the second side at home, the Brown Seconds game was played as three 7 minute periods.  It was a good opportunity for those that traveled to get some field time, throw the ball around and have a bit of fun under the picturesque background of the Manhattan skyline.  The inexperience of the Columbia players was exposed early on as Brown amassed 20 points in the opening period to control the game. 

Brown Squad
1.        Matt Jenkins ’18, replaced at 15 minutes by John Landers ‘17
2.        Michael Manning’17
3.        Dakota Fenn ‘19
4.        Federico Torti’18
5.        Henry Miller’18
6.        Quinn Larkin ‘18
7.        Alan Swierczynski’18