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Dartmouth and Brown will face off this coming weekend in the Ivy League title match after each won semifinal games this past weekend.
Dartmouth won relatively convincingly 29-12 despite some serious penalty
trouble, beating Princeton to once again make it to the Ivy League final,
while Brown held off a furious Penn comeback to win 39-33.
"Our guys played well in a lot of areas," said Dartmouth Head Coach Gavin Hickie. "What you want is the victory, first and foremost, and to get into the final, and we did that. But we do have a lot of work on."
Fullback Madison Hughes was once again a huge factor for Dartmouth, but No.
8 Michael McDavid was also a big factor for the Big Green, as was USA U20
prospect Chris Banks.
Dartmouth has added a couple of players from football, Robert Bathe and Garrett Wymore, and are starting to come together. But they struggled mightily with penalties against Princeton, garnering 24 called against to five for.
"We need to be better about our penalties," said Hickie. "We made a lot of mistakes and it stopped the game from flowing. We also need to tighten up our set piece, including our kickoffs."
Dartmouth will likely be without Kevin Clark, as he was red-carded in the game, and thus will likely receive a suspension.
Brown, meanwhile, had their game against Penn well in hand, and then, after emptying their bench, almost had the wheels fall off in the last ten minutes.
"It was an interesting game," said Head Coach David Laflamme, whose team also ran into penalty trouble. "Our defense was really good for about 70 minutes, but when we subbed in, we kind of fell apart as a unit."
Brown also had to reshuffle their pack, thanks in part to the absence of flankers Zachary Long and Ed Friedman. As a result their scrum suffered. Brown, like Dartmouth, has recruited from other sports. Flanker John Hilgart and No. 8 Joe Daou have joined the team from track and field.
Now they have a big job ahead, as they hope to unseat Dartmouth for the Ivy League title. Given their other results (a loss to Boston College, who lost to Brockport), it's unlikely Brown will make the DI-AA playoffs unless they win the Ivy League.