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Ivy League play opened Saturday, and every team was in action, but week one is only half over, as all of the visitors pack up and travel to another conference foe for a Sunday match.
There was only one close game Saturday, which Columbia won 17-13 over Brown. It was stalemated 3-3 at halftime, but Brown’s forwards appeared to bully their way out of the defensive struggle with a pair of unconverted tries from mauls early in the second half.
However, the Lions roared back with spectacular long distance tries from Anogie Jospeh-Erameh and Bobby McMahon to counter. McMahon’s score came near the final whistle. With both teams bagging a penalty and a pair of tries each, the difference was two Lion conversions slotted by Alex Pana.
Dartmouth, as expected, dominated Cornell, running up a 97-3 win. And Big Green coach Alex Magleby, perhaps also as expected, found an area where his team need improve.
“We have a lot to work on,” he said. “There were some parts of our set piece that were really not impressive…but it’s really hard to tell who you are as a team when you have a score like that. Cornell, I don’t know how many practices they’ve had or what preseason they’ve had, so I imagine they’ll be better.”
Harvard also notched a lopsided victory, utilizing a big second half to down Penn 38-17.
The first half was much closer than the final score would indicate, due in part to Harvard replacing a litany of starters from their final four team.
“The first half was pretty scrappy. We picked up a couple of injuries. We traded some tries. We couldn’t quite get any continuity and we stuttered at the set piece,” said Harvard coach Dave Gonzales.
“But we managed to fix our continuity and go forward. The second half we managed to string some nice tries together…By the end of the game it was nice to get a few phases together and put the ball through the hands.”
Harvard’s Sunday opponent, Princeton, scored the lone surprise of the day - a double-take worthy 58-5 drubbing of Yale.
When Gonzalez heard of the Tigers big win, he said, “It’s an unexpected score line, put it that way, so we’ll be going into (Sunday) with our eyes open certainly.”
Dartmouth @ Columbia
Yale @ Penn
Brown @ Cornell