Ivy League Playoff


Brown v. Princeton

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
April 14, 2012

Brown 20 - Princeton 22

Scoring   Brown Princeton
31st min penalty kick - Brown (McGinn) 3 0
35th min converted try - Princeton 3 7
38th min try - Princeton 3 12
49th min try - Brown (Turley) 8 12
49th min conversion - Brown (McGinn) 10 12
53rd min try - Princeton 10 17
72nd min try - Brown (Leonard) 15 17
73rd min try - Princeton 15 22
79th min try - Brown (Leonard) 20 22
Final   20 22


Brown’s undefeated spring season and ability to come from behind to win matches ended against a highly motivated Princeton side as the Tigers eked out a 22-20 win, eliminating Brown from a Sunday match to qualify for the Collegiate National quarter finals. Brown was relegated to a Sunday match against Harvard which Brown won 20-10. Princeton played Dartmouth on Sunday. Dartmouth’s 51-3 victory advanced them to the Nationals.

At the end of the day, the Princeton match was Brown’s to win, but critical unforced errors kept the Bears in a catch up mode which they just couldn’t overcome. This was team loss in which good play at every position was offset by critical and untimely individual mistakes which gave Princeton field position and opportunities to score.

For the first 30 minutes of play both teams’ defenses turned back the other’s attacks with Brown breaking the ice with a penalty kick at 31 minutes by wing James McGinn’12.  Four minutes later, Brown center Taylor Peak made a 30 meter break but an errant pass quickly resulted in a Princeton counter attack for a try and Brown was behind 3-7.  Brown flanker Zach Long’13 was yellow carded and Brown was forced to play the rest of the half a man down. Brown conceded another Princeton try just before halftime to fall further behind 3-12.

In spite of the deficit, Brown number eight, Landon Turley’12, scored nine minutes into the second half, catching a errant Princeton clearing kick and running it 20 meters for a try which was converted by McGinn and Brown was in the game, 10-12. On the subsequent kick off, the usually safe Brown forwards mishandled the ball and Princeton had possession. Within four minutes Brown conceded a scrum push over try, the first such concession in recent memory, providing Princeton a 7 point cushion, 10-17.

Brown maintained a territorial advantage for the next 19 minutes with scrum half Matt Leonard’14 scoring, but Brown missing a makeable conversion to remain behind by 15-17.
Another mishandled kickoff gave possession back to Princeton and as the Tigers had done before, they scored immediately to go up 15-22.

The Bears knew the match was still theirs, kicking off and keeping Princeton pinned in their end. Leonard scored again with only a minute of injury time left in the match, but the conversion was necessary to tie the game and was unsuccessful, ending Brown’s quest for chance at Dartmouth on Sunday.

Referee: Patrick

First XV Squad

1.         Micah Baclig ’14
2.         Daniel Levine-Spound ’12
3.         Everett Epstein ’13
4.         Michael Wharton ‘12
5.         Landon Turley ’12
6.         Eddie Friedman ’14, replaced in the 2nd half by Chris Latham ’14
7.         Zach Long ’13
8.         Dow Travers ’13
9.         Matt Leonard ‘14
10.       Ryan Jones ’14
11.       James McGinn ’12
12.       Taylor Peak ’12
13.       Brent Zajaczkowski ’12
14.       Daniel Tonderys ’14 
15.       Zahid Jethani ’13




Brown v. Harvard

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
April 15, 2012

Brown 20 - Harvard 10

Scoring   Brown Harvard
4th min try - Brown (Long) 5 0
7th min try - Harvard 5 5
13th min try - Brown (Long) 10 5
38th min try - Brown (Zajaczkowski) 15 5
74th min try - Brown (Peak) 20 5
80th min try - Harvard 20 10
Final   20 10


Brown’s Sunday consolation match was never in doubt as Brown scored twice in the first 15 minutes and controlled possession and territory for most of the match, although there was a familiar moment after Brown’s first try, when another Brown miscue on the kickoff lead directly to a Harvard try to tie the score at 5.

The two Zach Long tries were from driving lineouts which have been a Brown trademark this year. The entire forward pack has been instrumental in these scores. 

With the first half winding down, Brown’s forwards made several breaks through the Harvard defense, providing room for wing Dan Tonderys to break the line for 20 meters. Brown successfully won the ruck, with center Brent Zajaczkowski’12 scoring in the corner.

Seven minutes into the second half both Brown and Harvard used their reserves to provide some playing time for everyone, with Brown try in the 74th minute the team’s most exciting backline score of the spring season. Fullback Zahid Jethani’13 fielded a Harvard kick in the Brown half, passed to Zajaczkowski who ran and passed to fellow center Taylor Peak’12. Peak drew a defender and passed back Zajaczkowski who fed left wing Scott Fielding’14. Scott drew the last Harvard defender and then returned the ball to Peak who raced 50 meters for the score.

Brown’s kicking woes continued in this match. Brown kicked but one penalty and one of seven conversions in these two weekend matches. Harvard scored a meaningless try at full time to end the match with Brown on top 20-10.


First XV Squad

1.         Micah Baclig’14, replaced in the 2nd half by Alex Lipinsky’13
2.         Daniel Levine-Spound ’12
3.         Joseph Daou’14
4.         Michael Wharton ‘12
5.         Everett Epstein ’13
6.         Chris Latham ’14
7.         Zach Long’13, replaced in the 2nd half by Josh Moses’13
8.         Landon Turley’12
9.         Matt Leonard ’14, replaced in the 2nd half by Colin Schofield’15
10.       Ryan Jones’14, replaced in the 2nd half by Blair Cameron’13
11.       James McGinn’12, replaced in the 2nd half by Scott Fielding’14
12.       Taylor Peak’12
13.       Brent Zajaczkowski’12
14.       Daniel Tonderys’14, replaced in the 2nd half by Mike Kelly’14                  
15.       Zahid Jethani’13