BROWN DEFEATS COLUMBIA BUT LOSES TO HARVARD-MISSES NATIONAL PLAYOFFS

Bakers Field, Columbia University, New York
November 6 and 7, 2010

Brown made up for its lose to Columbia on October 17, as it defeated the Lions 42-17 in its quest to qualify as the Ivy League representative in the 2011 National Collegiate Division One spring competition. The match was played on the Baker Field soccer field, a field turf surface and the day was sunny and breezy. The score does not reflect the difficulty of this match. Columbia was, man for man, considerably bigger than the Brown team, but Brown’s defense and teamwork rose to the occasion when necessary to deny Columbia points and frustrate their attack.

Brown got on the board first with freshman center Manny Koelliker landing a penalty kick for a 3-0 lead, four minutes into the match. Columbia won a lineout deep in Brown territory at 15 minutes and worked a series of rucks over the line to take a 5-3 lead.

Brown controlled play for the next 15 minutes. Junior center Brent Zajaczkowski broke to within 3 meters of the line and two rucks put hooker Dan Levine-Spound’12 in goal for a try and an 8-5 lead at 18 minutes. Three minutes later at a Brown lineout from 22 meters, flanker Chaney Harrison’11 took a lineout tap, breaking down the touch line and passing to Levine-Spound for his second try, putting Brown up 13-5.

Columbia took the attack to Brown for the last 10 minutes of the first half. Brown defended well but did concede a try at 31 minutes to end the half with Brown ahead 13-10.

Two quick second half Brown scores seemed to put the match out of reach as fly half Zahid Jethani’13 took a quick penalty for 20 meters. From the next ruck, number eight, Greg Karwaski’11 scored with Koelliker converting and Brown up 20-10. Seven minutes later, Brown had a scrum on the Columbia five meter line and Karwaski picked up at number 8 and scored again. With Koelliker’s conversion, Brown was up 27-10.

But Columbia scored a converted try to close the margin to 10 points and then, took control of the attack, parking in the Brown end for 13 minutes. But the Brown defense denied any points and broke the game open at the 71st minute, as wing Dow Travers’12 intercepted a pass and ran untouched 80 meters for a try(converted again by Koelliker) for a 34-17 Brown lead.

Brown finished off Columbia with scrum half Matt Leonard’14 passing to wing James McGinn’12 for a try and a Zethani drop goal to end the scoring.

Harvard’s defeat of Yale 10-6, set up a Sunday, November 7 final between Brown and Harvard.

The match referee was Jordan Weis.

First XV Squad
1. Everett Epstein'13
2. Daniel Levine-Spound'12
3. Andrew Alvarez'11, replaced in the 76th minute by Rob Bentlyewski’13
4. Mike Wood’12, replaced in the 12th minute by Ian Fields’12
5. Mike Wharton’12
6. Chaney Harrison'11
7. Zach Long’13
8. Gregory Karwaski'11
9. Matt Leonard'14
10. Zahid Jethani'13
11. Dow Travers'12
12. Brent Zakaczkowski'12
13. Manny Koelliker'14
14. James McGinn'12
15. Taylor Peak’12

In spite of Brown’s early season loss to Harvard on September 25 by a 21-13 score, Brown was optimistic. The Bears had their first team pretty much intact and good momentum with victories over Yale and Columbia to reach the finals. Weather would not play a part as the day was sunny and calm.

However, Brown came out flat and was unable to recover, losing the match 32-13. Brown failed to catch the initial kickoff, allowing Harvard to start the match deep in the Brown end and then Brown’s backline defense, which had been so solid against Columbia allowed two quick Harvard backline tries in the first 14 minutes to put the Bears 12 points down.

Brown did claw back and at 20 minutes, breaking left from a 5 meter scrum, number eight Greg Karwaski’11 passed to scrum half Matt Leonard’14 who delivered the ball to left wing Dow Travers’12 for a try, closing the score 5-12.

Brown then gave up another gift as a mishandled kick at fullback put Harvard in the corner as the half ended 17-5.

Harvard was solid in defense in the second half with strong tackling and lineout and scrum defense. Until the end, the second half scoring was even with Brown and Harvard each scoring on a penalty kick and a try, but Brown could not gain any ground in the overall score. Brown fullback Sam Rabb’11 kicked a penalty kick at 44 minutes and at 76 minutes, from a Harvard penalty, Brown flanker Chaney Harrision’11 bulled over for a try.

Brown was behind 13-25 with time running out and Harvard scored and converted at full time to end the match.

In spite of the disappointment, Brown started only 4 seniors in this last match and the squad that traveled to Columbia for the weekend was comprised of 6 juniors, 7 sophomores and 5 freshmen. If we can build the squad size and depth, the future looks promising.

The match referee was Steve Edwards.

First XV Squad
1. Everett Epstein'13
2. Daniel Levine-Spound'12
3. Andrew Alvarez'11
4. Ian Fields’12 replaced by Zach Long in the second half.
5. Mike Wharton’12
6. Chaney Harrison'11
7. Zach Long’13, replaced by David Dean’11 in the second half
8. Gregory Karwaski'11
9. Matt Leonard'14
10. Zahid Jethani'13
11. Dow Travers'12
12. Brent Zakaczkowski'12, replaced in 2nd half by John Goddard’13
13. Taylor Peak’12, replaced at half by James McGinn, replaced in 2nd half by Peak, and replaced in 2nd half by Zakaczkowski
14. James McGinn'12, replaced at half by Rabb, replaced in 2nd half by Daniel Tondery’14, replaced in 2nd half by Ryan Jones’14
15. Sam Rabb’11, replaced at half by Peak, replaced in 2nd half by Rabb, replaced in 2nd half by Tondery.