Providence, Rhode Island

October 10, 2009

Brown dominated Penn for 60 minutes and then coasted in to a 34-22 dismantling of the University of Pennsylvania. Brown’s swoon in the last quarter of the match was a discouraging finish after a solid first half. Brown’s Seconds also won, with a 17-5 victory.

First XV

Brown had its way with Penn as the Bears scored 5 tries in the first half in the 8th, 12th, 29th, 36th and 40th minutes of the match. The Brown forwards dominated both scrums and lineouts and the Brown defense gave up no first half points to Penn. Muddy conditions prevailed after a rainy Friday, but the temperatures were comfortable and the day was dry and breezy.

Brown’s first score developed from a driven lineout that was sent to fly half Zahid Jethani’13. “Z” passed to center Brad Arlington’10 who broke through the defense and was over the line 30 meters later. Fullback Sam Rabb’10 converted and Brown was ahead 7-0.

Next,a lineout from 12 meters out was driven over the goal line where number 8, Chaney Harrison scored for a 12-0 lead.

Prop and co-captain Andrew Alvarez’11 took a pass at a Brown ruck from scrum half Dave Riley’10, broke through a gap and was away for 40 meters but tackled short of the goal line. Brown secured two successive rucks and gave the ball back to Alvarez for a much deserved try. Rabb converted for a 19-0 lead.

From a Brown scrum, Harrison fed Riley who beat the defense and ran for 30 meters, feeding Rabb for the last 25 meters and a try. Rabb converted for a Brown 26-0 advantage.

As the half ended Jethani chip kicked over the backs but the ball was caught by the Penn fullback at the goal line.. Jethani stripped the ball and dropped on it for another try to end the half 31-0.

As the second half opened Penn was penalized and Rabb kicked a penalty for 3 points and a Brown 34-0 lead, but this moment was the last we saw of Brown as the Bears collapsed offensively and defensively. Penn did not get on the board until the 63rd minute of the match with a converted try, but for the next 17 minutes, scored three unconverted tries for their 22 points. With all the good Brown did for sixty minutes, this swoon seemed to echo the Harvard match..

The match was refereed by Bridgette Tannian

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. David Dean’10, replaced by Zach Long’13 at 70 minutes of the match
8. Chaney Harrison’11
9. David Riley’10, replaced by Taylor Peak’12 at 70 minutes of the match
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

Brown tried to get everyone some rugby today and in spite of the many squad changes, Brown was able to end victorious with a 17-5 defeat of Penn.

Within the first 3 minutes, scrum half Taylor Peak’12 broke away for a picture perfect 50 meter run for a try. Fly half Ted Orf’12 converted and Brown was ahead 7-0, a score that held up for the first half.

As the second half opened, the Brown backs moved the ball to left wing Jeff Weinreb’12 and he outpaced the Penn backs and scored from 50 meters as well and a 12-0 Brown lead.

Penn scored a try midway through the second half, but fullback Cole Erickson’11, not to be outdone by his two team mates, ran for 50 meters, but was stopped short of the line. Hooker Dan Levine-Spound’12, however, was in support and put the ball over the line for Brown’s final 5 points.

Second XV Squad

1. Ryan Drebin’11, replaced by Troy Shapiro’10
2. Daniel Levine-Spound ’12

3. Mohammed Abdallah’11

4. Martin Bell’11.5 replaced by Mike Donnell’12
5. Alex Hansen’10, replaced by Nate Bishop’13
6. Adam Leonard’10, replaced by Dan Rabb’10
7. Gabe Heidrich’10, replaced by Brian Kelly’13
8. Zach Long’13
9. Taylor Peak’12
10. Ted Orf’12
11. Jeff Weinreb’12, replaced by Joe Goldberg
12. Peter Amato’12, replaced by John Goddard’13
13. Alex Von Reyn’13
14. Cole Erickson’11 replaced by Nick Donias’13, Ari Nakos’13, Dan Garfield’13
15. John Goddard’13, replaced by Cole Erickson

Brown now has a 4-1 Ivy record. Brown plays Princeton at home on Sunday, October 11 with an 11 A.M. kickoff. Go to the Brown Website for directions to the field (