Providence, Rhode Island

October 3, 2009

Brown defeated the weather and Yale in both First and Second XV matches, 27-11 and 15-5 respectfully for a Brown Homecoming sweep. In spite of very heavy rain and muddy field conditions, the Bears played a disciplined game and came away with two victories and improvement in all aspects of the game.

First XV

Brown with some nervousness early on, gave away a long try and two penalty kicks to the talented Yale fullback who kept Yale in the game through the first half. However, with Brown in the Yale end of the field for most of the first half, the Bears were able to score two first half tries. Fullback Sam Rabb’10 scored and converted Brown’s first points at 22 minutes to put the Bears ahead 7-5, and, after Yale’s second penalty kick, Brown took control and worked the ball the length of the field, with co-captain Andrew Alvarez’11 scoring as the half ended to put Brown ahead for good 12-11.

Where the Brown team lost their will and poise against Harvard the previous week, on this day the forwards took over in the second half. At least three opportunities to score were lost with players unable to hold on to the slippery ball. But at 62 minutes, outside center James McGinn ’12 took a pass from fly half Zahid Jethani’13 and went over the line to give Brown a 17-11 lead.

Ten minutes later Brown got the cushion it needed from the foot of Rabb who kicked a penalty kick for a Brown 20-11 advantage. At full time left wing Dow Travers’11 fielded a clearing kick and found a gap for 20 yards, passing to right wing Ben Baker’10 who raced 50 yards untouched to score a try with Rabb’s conversion ending the match.

Kudos to the forwards for untiring support, to the backs for their handling in difficult conditions, for excellent tactical kicking by Jethani and a strong defensive effort by the entire team. Co-captain Hao Li’10 played his first match at flanker and gave Brown’s back row a big lift. Let’s build on this performance.

The match was refereed by Antoine Galou

First XV Squad

1. Bob Forrester ’10,
2. Jay Smith’10,
3. Andrew Alvarez’11
4. Ben Mossbarger’10
5. Mike Wharton’12
6. Rall Walsh’10
7. Hao Li’10
8. Chaney Harrison’11
9. David Riley’10
10. Zahid Jethani’13
11. Dow Travers’11
12. Brad Arlington’10
13. James McGinn’12
14. Ben Baker’10
15. Sam Rabb’10

Second XV

With the field conditions as they were, any scoring would be a surprise from the Second XV. However, the home team showed a lot of promise from a young Brown squad, outplaying the Yale team and putting number 8 Gabe Heidrich’10 over for a try in the first half for a 5-0 lead.

Brown upped the pressure, scoring twice in the second half. Flanker David Dean’11 scored to give Brown a 10-0 lead which was cut to five points as Yale scored a try but missed the conversion.

As the second half wound down and Brown pressuring Yale, a ball squirted out of a Yale scrum over the goal line and Brown scrum half Taylor Peak beat Yale to the ball for a try and a Brown 15-0 lead.

Yale tried to come back but could not score. The Brown defense held as the game ended on the Brown line.

Second XV Squad

1. Ryan Drebin’11
2. Daniel Levine-Spound ’12

3. Brendan Warner’09

4. Mike Donnell’12 replaced at half by Adam Leonard’10
5. Nate Bishop’13
6. Dan Rabb’10, replaced at half by Brian Kelly’13
7. David Dean’11, replaced by JD
8. Gabe Heidreich’10
9. Taylor Peak’12
10. Ted Orf’12
11. Han Yung Lee’12
12. Peter Amato’12
13. Alex Von Reyn’13
14. Simon Swig’13, replaced by Joe
15. John Goddard’13

Brown now has a 3-1 Ivy record with an enormous weekend coming up. Brown plays Penn at home on Saturday, October 10 with a 1 P.M. kickoff and then plays Princeton at home on Sunday, October 11 with an 11 A.M. kickoff. Go to the Brown Website for directions to the field (