Following a season that was disappointing to the club, CURFC entered into the Ivy Sevens tournament with a chip on their shoulder looking for a shot at redemption. Fielding two sides coached by Daniel Kennedy, Columbia traveled to Princeton for the day-long tournament.
Dartmouth hosted the second round of Ivy North Sevens today on Brophy and Battle Fields. The team returned to full strength in preparation for the Ivy Sevens Championships next weekend at Princeton. Harvard, Yale and Brown squads as well as the two Dartmouth sides took part in the day’s events. The Dartmouth 1st and 2nd VII went undefeated on the day, blanking all opponents faced. The day culminated with Dartmouth defeating Brown 31-0 in the finals of the top bracket.
In thrilling come-from-behind fashion, the Princeton Men won on their home turf over Columbia. Columbia started fast and was able to jump out to an impressive early lead, seemingly dominating possession with scrappy offensive play and timely penalty kicks. The score was 17-5 at the half.
With a successful 15s season in the books for the Northern Division, the Ivy Rugby Conference is moving on to Sevens. This weekend will see the first official Sevens action of the year for the Ivy Rugby Conference, as its' member teams will converge on Yale's campus for a tournament.
The Cornell Men's team was able to continue their quest for an undefeated season this past Saturday at Columbia. When the clock hit 0:00, the Big Red was up 61-18 over a Columbia side that fought hard until the last whistle. It would have been easy for the Lions to get discouraged during a match that wasn't going their way.
Under the home lights, though, Columbia ran in a try in the in the opening minutes of the second half to show that they planned on competing hard until the game was over. An incredibly impressive performance was turned in by Cornell's pack leader, Chuck Motzer, who scored 5 tries for Cornell in the winning effort.
The USA Rugby Trust and Rugby PA will welcome the New Zealand Maori All Blacks and the USA Rugby Eagles to town with a special gathering on Thursday evening Nov 7th beginning at 7:00pm. Come meet the some of the best rugby players in the world at the Union League of Philadelphia.
The Fall 2013 season has not been particularly kind to Columbia. Despite several strong performances, their record sat at 1-2 coming into their home match against rival Penn this past Saturday. Columbia managed to put together a lead going into the final minutes of the match but a series of crucial mistakes as well as increasingly solid play on Penn's part led to a 42-30 win for the Quakers at Randall's Island field in New York City.
In arguably the most exciting match of the Ivy Rugby Conference season, the Penn Men's Rugby Club was able to pull out a thriller at home over Columbia. The action went back and forth all day - every time Columbia scored, Penn was able to respond quickly with a score of their own. This back and forth led the score to be 22-21 going into the final minutes of play. It was looking as though that might be the final score when was able to break the Columbia defense near the end of regulation for a try to put them up 26-22. The win was huge for Penn.
In a match that saw Columbia overcome an 8-3 Princeton lead at halftime, the Lions managed to pick up a win at home in a match at New York City's Randall's Island. The game started slow, with sloppy play on both sides leading to a low-scoring, physical, defensive first half.
Cornell Rugby took the win this past Saturday over visiting Columbia University by a margin of 39-15. The win, coupled will a well deserved bonus point for scoring more than four tries, vaults the Big Red into first place in the Ivy Rugby Conference South Division. Cornell last saw such heights when they suffered a trying defeat at the hands of Dartmouth in the 2005 Ivy Rugby Championship match held in Conshohocken, PA.
Teams from all over the country, including the Ivy Rugby Conference's own Dartmouth Men and Princeton Women, will travel to Greensboro, NC, for the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship. On November 23 and 24, the top 7s teams from all over the United States will compete in both Mens and Womens divisions for the national championship.
Columbia suffers tough preseason loss to UConn in Mansfield, CT 24-7. After an organized start and some tough defensive stands in the first 60 minutes, UConn pulled away in the last quarter to out pace the Lions.