Providence, Rhode Island

October 11, 2009

Brown repeated its Saturday success over Penn by beating a depleted Princeton squad 39-10. Princeton was unable to field a Second XV so this was the only match of the day. The Brown field was drier than the day before and a picture perfect fall day was the scene of the match.

First XV

Brown started cohesively and scored four tries within the first 24 minutes of the match. Princeton initiated Brown’s first score with an unsuccessful clearing kick to touch. Right wing Taylor Peak’12 caught the ball and spun a great pass to center and co-captain Hao Li’10 who ran through the Princeton backs for a try. The backs continued to slice through Princeton putting Brown on the five meter line with a scrum. Brown attacked close with number 8, Chaney Harrision scoring his first of three tries and a 10-0 Brown lead at 12 minutes.

Princeton once again failed to find touch and Brown made them pay as the backline moved the ball 50 meters with everyone handling. Outside center Ben Baker’10 made good ground to the Princeton 22 and made a wonderful pass to left wing Dow Travers’11 who ran the ball in for the try. A mere two minutes later fullback Sam Rabb’10 found space with a kick ahead, causing a Brown scrum deep in the Princeton end. Three rucks later, Chaney scored and Rabb converted to give Brown a 22-0 lead.

Princeton, in the waning moments of the first half put together a series of offensive play and scored their first points to end the half at 22-5.

As with the Penn match, Brown lost their way for about 20 minutes, giving up the match’s momentum and another try, seeing the score close to 22-10. However, Brown took control with three second half tries in the last 15 minutes of the match to put the game away.

At a five meter scrum, Chaney passed to scrum half Dave Riley’10 who hit Rabb for a try. Five minutes later, the backs put center Hao Li through a gap. He was stopped one meter short of the line, but the ubiquitous Chaney was at the breakdown to take the ball in for the try. In the closing minutes of the match, Brown controlled several series of forward rucks with co-captain and prop Andrew Alvarez making lots of the yardage. Riley then moved the ball to flyhalf Brad Arlington’10. Brad chipped the ball over the flat Princeton backs and chased his own kick to the line where he was unlucky not to score. However Rabb was on the spot and happy to take the try and score his “hat trick”. Sam also kicked the conversion for Brown’s final 7 points of the match.

Notes: Brown’s forward dominance against Penn and Princeton was due to the effective work of the entire Brown forward pack: props Bob Forrester’10 and Andrew Alvarez’11, hookers Jay Smith’10 and Dan Levine-Spound’12, locks Ben Mossbarger’10 and Mike Wharton’12, and back row players Rall Walsh’10, David Dean’10, Zach Long’13 and Chaney. Minor injuries to several backs on Saturday did not seem to upset the organization, game plan or success on Sunday.

The match was refereed by Peter Lloyd-Evans.

First XV Squad

1. Bob Forrester ’10,
2. Jay Smith’10, replaced by Dan Levine at 50 minutes of the match
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 60 minutes of the match
8. Chaney Harrison’11
9. David Riley’10
10. Brad Arlington’10
11. Dow Travers’11
12. Hao Li’10
13. Ben Baker’10
14. Taylor Peak’12
15. Sam Rabb’10

Brown now has a 5-1 Ivy record. Brown plays Dartmouth at home on Saturday, October 17 with a 2 P.M. kickoff. Go to the Brown Website for directions to the field (