Brown First XV v. Princeton First XV
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Princeton Rugby Field
Princeton, New Jersey
Brown lost the battle on Saturday in Princeton but won the war as the loss did not change the Ivy Conference rankings and Brown ends second in the league for the fall season. However, the team cannot be happy with its performance as time and time again, a dropped pass, missed tackle, tactical error or simply lack of effort, doomed the Bears.
Sunny warm weather, no wind, and a good Brown crowd were all present to witness the team’s solid play as it has evolved this season. The Bears didn’t disappoint as fullback Mike Ball broke through on a wide move in the first minute of play, beating the Tiger defense to the corner and running 40 meters for a try. Although mistakes began appearing early, Brown kept Princeton pinned in their end and from a Brown scrum, scrum half Joe Paolino passed on the short side to Nick Hoynes and Brown had a 10-0 lead.
Brown suddenly and inexplicably squandered field position, allowing Princeton two easy converted tries and the lead. Although freshman number 8, Jae Kim, duplicated the earlier Mike Ball try with an exciting 40 yard run to give Brown a slim 15-14 lead, Princeton came back to score and lead 19-15 as the half ended.
Brown had generally kept the ball in the Princeton end but kept allowing the Tigers back in the game, building Princeton’s confidence. We also had several players down for medical treatment although only made one player change in the match. Finally with the heat of the day, the Bears, as a unit, seemed sluggish. Whatever the reasons, the second half was all Princeton as Brown’s usually reliable attacking pattern sputtered. Although number 10, Alex Ogilvy, was able to score Brown’s one second half try on a well-timed pass interception, three second half Princeton tries created too big a cushion for the Bears to overcome.
So on to the “war”. Brown on the basis of record and points (the system is a bit complicated), ends the fall 2016 season in second place behind Dartmouth. Dartmouth, as has been its choice for a few years, will compete in the Varsity Cup, which is a National Invitational Tournament and includes many of the Country’s top collegiate teams. The next four Ivy Conference finishers will playoff next spring to determine the Ivy Conference entry into the first round of the NCAA 1-AA National Championship. Brown cannot duplicate the Princeton performance and expect to move on, but with the “first seed”, the Bears are in a great position to make a run.
After the match, Coach Dave Laflamme took the team aside and asked them to not forget the feeling of this loss. With solid preparation over the winter and the further development of the squad, Brown should be ready for the challenge next spring.
Referee: Tom Sullivan
1. Kerim Saraoglu'20
2. John Landers’17
3. Henry Richardson '17
4. Graham Rotenberg’17
5. Dakota Fenn’19
6. Luke Hayhoe’18
7. Nkanyiso Nzimande’20
8. Jae Kim’20
9. Joe Paolino’17
10. Alexander Ogilvy’20
11. Peter McHugh’17, replaced at 28 minutes by Federico Torti’18
12. Connor McDermott’18, replaced at 28 minutes by Peter McHugh’17
13. Trevor Anesi’18
14. Nick Hoynes’18
15. Mike Ball’18
Brown Second XV v. Princeton Second XV
With both teams short of healthy players, the decision was made to play 10 man rugby. The teams played two 20 minute periods. The game was a nail biter with the two teams trading scores and the toe of Liam Campbell the difference as the Bears prevailed.
Brown gave up an early first half try and then came back on a nice kick ahead by Campbell who scored and converted. Freshman Vivek Pandit then scored on a short but elusive run for a 14-7 lead. Princeton scored at halftime but couldn’t convert, giving Brown a slim 14-12 halftime advantage.
The second half saw Brown go up 21-12 on Mike Manning’s try, but then Princeton scored twice to take a 24-21 lead. Brown did not disappoint, however, as Federico Torti scored just before full time with Campbell converting all four of his conversion attempts for the margin of victory.
The Second XV finished its season with a 7-1 record.
- Rock Hoffman’20 6. Thomas Kim’18
- Mike Manning’17 7. Federico Torti’18
- Matt Dowling’19 8. Vivek Pandit’20
- Oliver Herman’19 9. Rich Glebocki’19
- Liam Campbell’17 10. Kevin Lin’20