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Dartmouth captured the spring DIAA Championship with a convincing 66-20 win over Nevada. The Big Green got out of the gate early and never looked back in route to the title.
The New Hampshire school got on the board first after some solid counter attack. The Big Green had a line out five meters out and mauled over the line for five points. Dartmouth added another try to take a 10-0 lead before Nevada answered with a penalty.
Dartmouth extended the lead to 17-3 but a Nevada try cut it to a one score game.
“Our accuracy let us down for patches in the first half and gave them some chances which they took and capitalized on,” said Dartmouth coach James Willocks.
Mason Koch powered over for his second score of the game to extend the lead to 24-10. The teams traded tries to end the first half at 29-15.
Dartmouth came out firing in the second stanza, scoring two tries and adding a penalty to extend the lead to 46-15.
“We started the second half really well and then the subs came on and brought real pace to our game,” Willocks added.
Nevada could do little to stop Dartmouth. After adding one more score, the floodgates opened against them and the Big Green added three tries to seal the win. Willocks praised the play of his tight five throughout the playoffs. Koch along with props Andrew Skow and Sean Dowling and locks Peter Badenhausen and Ian Sullivan, were firing on all cylinders.
“These guys give a great platform for our exciting backs,” said Willocks. Backs Julien Johnson and captain Ollie Englehart received strong praise from the coach.
Now Dartmouth will set its sights on the true national championship and a date with Mary Washington on May 5. Despite both teams being on the east coast the game is set for California.
“I am happy with the way our guys adjusted to a very physical Nevada team. Now we have two weeks to prepare for a very good Mary Washington squad,” Willocks concluded.