Saturday November 3, 2012: Dartmouth 29, Cornell 5
The Big Green started off the fall season with strong wins against several opponents, but struggled to develop offense against the tough defensive teams in the top tier of the Ivy Rugby Conference. In the two weeks prior to this critical challenge match with Cornell (winner of the second-tier division) they focused on offensive patterns and re-evaluated set piece play, and proved that they clearly deserved their Top Division spot as they worked their way to a first half 29-0 on a cold but clear day.
Dartmouth's offense came roaring alive after a turnover ball led to a 60-meter sprint into the try zone by winger Diana Wise '15 at the 10 minute mark. Strong vertical attacks by Dartmouth’s pack effectively collapsed Cornell’s defense and resulted in several tries for Dartmouth. Mayowa Willoughby ’14 broke through several defenders on a #8 pickup to bring the DWRC within 15 meters of the try zone. The back line sent the ball out wide for fullback Matt Sturm ’13 to beat the remaining opposition around the outside and race into the try zone for Dartmouth’s second try.
Dartmouth’s third try was the result of a recently-installed offensive series off a set scrum center that showcased the kind of team integration the DWRC has been working towards all season. Attacks by both backs and forwards up the right side of the scrum concentrated Cornell’s defense to one side of the field. #10 Karoline Walter ’13 looped in the centers to deliver the ball to Pallavi Kuppa-Apte ’14, who negotiated the remaining defenders to touch down a try.
The DWRC continued to attack out wide, which created space for center Sabrina Amaro ’13 to crash through Cornell’s defense with her hard running to touch the ball down between the posts. Dartmouth’s final try was the result of another #8 pickup by the unstoppable Willoughby, who charged all the way to the try zone from the DWRC’s defense 45-meter line.
The second half of the match, however, belonged to Cornell, as they proved why they were the top finishers in the second tier, and why they had lost to first-place Brown in a cross-divisional game by only a try. They began out-rucking Dartmouth and for much of the second half Dartmouth was unable to complete multiple phases of offense. Numerous penalties on the DWRC resulted in Cornell putting two tries on the board early enough in the half to make the game interesting. Dartmouth held on to its lead but did not capitalize on several opportunities in the green zone and had to settle for a scoreless half and lukewarm win against a spirited and aggressive second-half team.
Tries: Diana Wise '15 (1), Matt Sturm '13 (1), Pallavi Kuppa-Apte '14 (1), Sabrina Amaro '13 (1), Mayowa Willoughby '14 (1)
Conversions: Karoline Walter (2)
Saturday October 20, 2012: Princeton 30, Dartmouth 5
Dartmouth came into this weekend’s match looking to use a strong offense to generate scoring opportunities but instead the Big Green found itself playing much of the match in its own defensive zone. The DWRC struggled to retain possession on offense due to a lack of support in offensive rucks and trouble in its set pieces, especially its offensive line-outs. Though Dartmouth wanted to capitalize on offensive opportunities out wide and in the back line, it could not maintain possession for long enough to collapse the opponent’s defense and work the ball out to its wings.
Dartmouth greatly improved its mauling since its last match, demonstrating greater driving capacity and organization. Mayowa Willoughby ’14 scored a try for the DWRC in the first half by rolling off a maul that was driven by the pack into the try zone. The Big Green could not produce more scoring opportunities and were held scoreless in the second half to end the match with a 5-30 score.
Tries: Mayowa Willoughby '14 (1)
Saturday October 13, 2012: Harvard 39, Dartmouth 5
The DWRC came into this weekend’s match against Harvard with optimism but failed to shut down Harvard’s offense, resulting in a 5-39 score. Two early tries by an aggressive Harvard side at the beginning of the first half set Dartmouth on its heels. The Big Green answered with several vertical attacks before sending the ball to its backline and a well-timed pass by Karoline Walter ’13 resulted in a try by Sabrina Amaro ’13. Well-placed kicks into touch by Michaela Conway ’15 on numerous penalties committed by Harvard gained territory for the Big Green, but Harvard’s low and aggressive rucking minimized the DWRC’s offensive opportunities while missed tackles by the DWRC allowed breaks for Harvard’s runners.
In the second half, the Big Green came out with a stronger pattern of play, focusing on vertical attacks that were led by #8 Mayowa Willoughby ’14 and flanker Taylor Johnson ’14. Dartmouth’s pack demonstrated strength in the scrums and improved its rucking form throughout the match. Though the DWRC knocked on Harvard’s try-line several times in the second half, Dartmouth struggled to maintain possession and execute a final scoring phase of offense, remaining scoreless in the second half.
Tries: Sabrina Amaro '13 (1)
Saturday October 6, 2012: Dartmouth 34, Yale 10
The DWRC faced Yale on Saturday in the Big Green’s last home game of the season, defeating the Bulldogs 34-10. Yale arrived at Dartmouth ready to play, opening the match with forceful rucks and tackles that challenged the DWRC forwards. Captains Karoline Walter ’13 and Emma Vance ’13 led the Dartmouth defense with their strong tackling game. However, failing to adjust an aggressive defense to the referee’s satisfaction, the Big Green faced numerous penalties as Yale was marched down the pitch repeatedly on the referee’s whistle. Once the Dartmouth forwards provided more offensive opportunities for their backs, Yale’s defense could not answer the DWRC’s more experienced and explosive back-line runners. Well-timed execution in offense and offloads to strikers led to big breaks that put points on the board for the Big Green. Outside center Sabrina Amaro ’13 was an offensive asset, putting up one try in each half and assisting in several offensive opportunities that resulted in tries. Eight-man Mayowa Willoughby ’14 led the Big Green’s vertical attack, coming alive in the second half with big runs from the back of the scrum. Maggie Conners ’13 came off the injured reserve list for the last ten minutes of the match to flyhalf in her season debut, energizing the backline with dynamic running and setting up the Big Green’s final try. The match ended with an identical score in each half of 17-5, bringing the final score to 34-10 for Dartmouth.
Tries: Sabrina Amaro '13 (2), Leandra Barrett '15 (1), Matt Sturm '13 (2), Diana Wise '15 (1), Conversions: Karoline Walter '13 (2)
Saturday September 29, 2012: Brown 10, Dartmouth 0
In its first away game of the season, the DWRC faced off against Brown on a muddy and slippery pitch. Dartmouth used a kicking game to gain territory in the first half but struggled to maintain possession in the face of Brown’s aggression. Brown’s dominance in the rucks limited the DWRC’s offensive opportunities. Though Dartmouth’s defense prevented Brown’s strong runners from scoring on breakthroughs and succeeded in holding up two tries in the first half, Brown was able to drive in two tries to bring the score to 0-10.
Although one yellow card in each half left Dartmouth a player down for much of the game, the DWRC’s strong and sustained defensive playing held Brown at bay and resulted in a scoreless second half. Numerous and impressive tackles by flyhalf Karoline Walter ’13 around the rucks were a tremendous asset to Dartmouth’s defense.
Dartmouth sought to take its intensity and aggression up a few notches in the second half but could not find a way to fully capitalize on offensive opportunities. Though breakthroughs and attempted offloads in the centers showed promise, Dartmouth failed to get the ball all the way out to the wings due to Brown’s aggressive defense and sloppy weather conditions that made for a slippery ball.
Dartmouth continues its winning streak with its first Ivy League match
Saturday September 22, 2012: Dartmouth 69, Columbia 0
The DWRC remained undefeated this weekend with a 69-0 victory over Columbia University. Continuing its efforts towards team integration, Dartmouth developed a dynamic offensive game that resulted in many tries, especially out wide. The Lions proved to be aggressive and strong in the rucks, regaining possession in rucks, especially in the first half. Strong runs and offloads by forwards Taylor Johnson ’14 and Amanda Spoto ’14 created many offensive opportunities for the back line. Wing Diana Wise ’15 capitalized on these offensive opportunities, playing an exceptional scoring game and putting six tries on the board.
Tries: Taylor Johnson ’14 (1), Becky Marder ’15 (1), Diana Wise ’15 (6), Leandra Barrett ’15 (1), Michaela Conway ’15 (1), Dani Valdes ’13 (1)
Conversions: Michaela Conway ’15 (7)
Dartmouth’s freshmen put up a 71-0 score against Columbia’s B-side in their very first game. The DWRC’s newest players showed speed and aggression and the team is very excited to watch their progress!
Tries: Becky Marder ’15 (1), Yejadai Dunn ’16 (4), Anna Miller ’16 (2), Kerry Anne Conlin ’16 (4)
Conversions: Tatjana Toeldte ’16 (8)
Saturday September 15, 2012: Dartmouth 33, Syracuse 7
In their first full-length game of the season, the DWRC finished strongly against Syracuse University. The DWRC had to battle back from numerous offside penalties and a resulting sin bin that left them a player down for some time. However, a dynamic offense that integrated Dartmouth’s forwards and backs finished the half with Dartmouth in the lead, 14-0. Syracuse came back forcefully against a tired Dartmouth side, driving in a try at the outset of the second half. However, impressive tackles by flanker Dani Valdes ’13 energized the Dartmouth defense and set up a try by Leandra Barrett ’15. Impressive runs by Taylor Johnson '14 and powerful tackles by Kaila Cauthorn '15 further boosted the team's energy as Dartmouth rallied from a slow start to the second half. The DWRC was able to contain the Syracuse offense around the rucks and implemented varied offensive plays that resulted in two more tries in the second half to end the game 33-7.
Tries: Diana Wise ’15 (2), Jovalee Thompson ’14 (1), Leandra Barrett ’15 (1), Allie Brouckman ’15 (1)
Conversions: Karoline Walter ’13 (4)
The DWRC opens season with Granite Challenge Cup win
Sunday September 9, 2012
In their first matches of the season, the DWRC went up against the University of New Hampshire and University of Vermont in the 2012 Granite Challenge Cup. Dartmouth topped UNH 36-5 in the first match with a strong offensive back line and a dominating forward pack. Seniors Karoline Walter ’13, Matt Sturm ’13, and Sandi Caalim ’13 fired up the DWRC with three first-half tries. UNH answered with their own try, scored on the outside by strong runners and well-timed offloads. In the second half, strong passing connections and good support in the back line set up a beautiful long run and try by #14 Diana Wise ’15. #5 Michaela Conway ’15 finished the match with the DWRC’s last try.
In their second match, the DWRC put up another win, topping UVM 48-0. Once again, integration between forwards and backs led to strong support and team tries were scored by a variety of the DWRC’s players. The forward pack executed a great running game that provided many offensive options and the backline continued to develop its strong passing connections. Ball carriers’ commitment to protecting the ball in contact helped the DWRC create platforms for successful offensive attacks.
Dartmouth 36 – UNH 5
Tries: Karoline Walter ’13 (1), Matt Sturm ’13 (1), Sandi Caalim ’13 (1), Diana Wise ’15 (1), Michaela Conway ’15 (1)
Conversions: Karoline Walter ’13 (2), Michaela Conway ’15 (2), Penalty Kicks: Karoline Walter ’13 (1)
Dartmouth 48 – UVM 0
Tries: Diana Wise ’15 (2), Karoline Walter ’13 (1), Emma Vance ’13 (1), Leandra Barrett ’15 (1), Matt Sturm ’13 (1), Mayowa Willougby ’14 (1), Becky Marder ’15 (1)
Conversions: Karoline Walter (4)