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Dartmouth and Brown emerged victorious in the first weekend of Ivy League men's action.
Brown defeated Yale 48-19 in Saturday's opener. Head Coach David Laflamme was delighted with the result, saying "any time you put 48 on the board I guess you're doing something right."
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Yale's defense was tough, said Laflamme, and the players took a while to
adjust, and in some areas didn't adjust at all.
But, "we've had three wins in three weeks under a new system. Hopefully we can continue to grow and learn each week. Harvard put some points up on Dartmouth, so we've got our work cut out for us."
On Sunday Dartmouth did indeed defeat Harvard, but got a bit of a scare late.
Dartmouth dominated play in the first half, with their offensive pressure forcing Harvard into a series of penalties. Outside center Madison Hughes wasn't perfect with his kicking on the day, taking four shots at goal in the early going, and making two.
That staked Dartmouth to a 6-3 lead, and then Hughes gathered a dropped ball and raced 20 meters for a try. He converted to make it 13-3. Tries from Dylan Jones and Kevin Clark followed, with Hughes unable to convert either, and the halftime score stood at 23-3.
Hughes left a trail of weary would-be tacklers in his wake on a 50-meter try for the All American and a 28-3 lead in the second half, but after that the Big Green struggled to hold their dominance in quite the same way.
John Jeffers scored for Harvard and while Hughes produced another monumental individual effort to score, Harvard scored a second late to end it 35-13.
"We're happy with the bonus-point win," said Dartmouth Head Coach Gavin Hickie. "But we have lots to work on at this stage. We're disappointed that we let our foot off the gas in the last 20 minutes and allowed Harvard to score those two tries. We need to be a lot more clinical and ruthless in the contact area."
Hughes ended up scoring 25 of Dartmouth's 35 points, and most observers agree that is too high a percentage, as late-season success will rely on the Big Green's ability to use threats from all over the field.