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Dartmouth were shocked Saturday in men’s Ivy League action as they gave up their first points of the season and tied Brown 23-23 in a dramatic match in Hanover.
Big Green fullback Madison Hughes paced Dartmouth to an early 7-0 lead with a try, which he converted. And when Kevin Clark blasted through a defender to score Dartmouth were in command 14-0.
Brown began to creep back, though. A Scott Fielding penalty, and then a mauled-over try made it 14-8. And another try thanks to the forwards made it 14-13 and all to play for with 40 minutes to go.
The two teams traded penalties early in the second half - Hughes and Fielding doing the honors - and then Hughes slotted his second to make it 20-16. Another Hughes penalty put Dartmouth up seven 23-16 with about 15 minutes to go.
However, Brown kept coming and wing Daniel Tonderys scored under the posts, with Fielding hitting the all-impostant conversion to lock it up at 23-23.
“Dartmouth is a very tough team,” said Brown hooker and forwards captain Daniel Levine-Spound. “They made it hard for us, but we managed to regain our focus and really felt we had the momentum in the second half.”
Levine-Spound said the set pieces were a battle between the two, with Dartmouth perhaps a little strong in the scrums, but with Brown’s lineout working well. Two Brown tries came from lineouts, one a Brown throw-in, one a Dartmouth throw, both touched down by flanker Joseph Daou.
“They are very strong up front, and they made it very hard for us,” said
the hooker. “So it was a good challenge for us. But we knew if we kept our
focus and kept to our pattern and worked as a team and kept to what we do
best, we’d be OK. For us, the key is discipline and continuity. We managed
to keep that going and tied the match. I think both teams would have wanted
to win, but we’re pleased with this and looking forward to facing them
again in three weeks.”
In other action, Harvard notched their first victory, beating Yale 29-15. Columbia remains atop the Ivy League South after defeating Princeton 27-13, and Penn is right behind them after scoring 33 points for the second week in a row, 33-16 over Cornell.
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