Brown Defeats Harvard With Late Score

Harvard University
Boston, MA
October 1, 2011

Scoring   Brown Harvard
3rd min penalty kick - Harvard 0 3
8th min try - Travers 5 3
21st min penalty kick - Harvard 5 6
27th min try - Harrison 10 6
34th min penalty kick - Harvard 10 9
43rd min try - Harvard 10 14
53rd min penalty kick - Harvard 10 17
73rd min try - Travers 15 17
78th min try - Leonard 20 17


Referee: Don Jennings

Brown scored four unconverted tries to Harvard's one but had to come back in the final minutes of the match to eke out a 20-17 victory in this tense Ivy match-up. The muddy and wet conditions confounded the Bears all day as handling errors and careless penalties caused shifts from potential momentum to lost possession.

Harvard gained an early 3-0 lead on a penalty kick in the first five minutes, but Brown countered with a Dow Travers'12 try three minutes later. Brown flanker Brent Zajaczkowski'12 took a defensive lineout, #8 Chaney Harrison ran it 10 meters where center Travers broke through on a pass from outhalf Zahid Jethani'13 for a 5-3 Brown lead

Over the next 20 minutes Brown mistakes allowed the scrappy Harvard team to get back into the match conceding three penalties, one of which was converted at 21 minutes to give Harvard back the lead 6-5. But the Bear's superior forward strength then came alive. A penalty to Brown was kicked to the corner where the subsequent Brown lineout was driven over the line with Harrison scoring, 10-6 Brown.

Although Harvard kicked yet another penalty kick at 34 minutes, the Bears held a 10-9 advantage at the half.

Within three minutes of the opening of the second half, Harvard scored its only try as they duplicated the Brown sequence: penalty kick to touch and a driven lineout for five points, Harvard 14, Brown 10.

Brown's erratic play continued and was exacerbated by a yellow card issued to co-captain Danny Levine-Spound'12 at 53 minutes. Although Brown prevented a Harvard try while a man down, another penalty kick gave Harvard a 17-10 advantage.

At 73 minutes with Brown at full strength again, the Bears began to play to the conditions with the forwards controlling the attack with a series of Brown rucks. Although Harvard defended the line gamely, Travers took a pass, side stepped one defender and found space to score. Brown now trailed 17-15 with 7 minutes remaining.

Having used their forward strength for one try, Brown battled down to the Harvard end again. A Brown scrum in front of the posts was taken by scrum half Matt Leonard'14 who broke right beating the Harvard flanker and scoring the winning try with only minutes left on the clock.

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. Brent Zajaczkowski '13
7. Lachlan Stewart '13
8. Chaney Harrison '11.5
9. Matt Leonard '14
10. Zahid Jethani'13
11. James McGinn'11, replaced in second half by Manny Koelliker'14
12. Taylor Peak '12 .
13. Dow Travers '12
14. Daniel Tondreys'14
15. Ryan Jones '14

Second XV match

With the field soggy from both the rain and the first XV match, scoring was expected to be low. The only first half points were from the foot of Brown outhalf Blair Cameron who scored 3 points on a penalty kick.

The second half was not unlike the first with both sides scrambling to overcome the muddy conditions. After both teams traded messy opportunities deep inside each others 22, finally Brown #8, Eddie Friedman '14, broke loose from a maul on the Brown 40 meter line and raced down the field. A diving tackle brought him down at the two meter line, but not without him stretching out to touch down the first and only try of the match. Blair Cameron '13 converted and Brown's lead was extended to 10 – 0, which is where it remained at the final whistle.

Second XV Squad
1. Kavin Nunez'15
2. Ian Georginna '15
3. John Zoppo'12
4. Luis Campos'14
5. Dave Clark '14
6. Mikel Wiggens'15
7. Chris Latham'14
8. Eddie Friedman'14
9. Daniel Tondreys'14
10. Blair Cameron'13
11. John Oberbeck
12. Khalil Fuller'14
13. Alex Green'14
14. Eric Kalosa-Kenyon'15
15. Colin Schofield'14

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