September 13, 2023

Dartmouth Starts Strong on Friday Night Rugby Week 1

September 13 - Dartmouth defeated Harvard 43-7 in Week 1 of Friday Night Rugby at Roberto A. Mignone Field in Cambridge, Mass. The Big Green sent a message to the rest of the Liberty Conference as they began their second season in the competition Friday with a demanding victory. 

Harvard was able to hold off a strong Dartmouth offense for the first ten minutes of the game as the Big Green were unable to capitalize on multiple penalties in dangerous areas. The deadlock was broken shortly after the tenth minute by Gabe Riordan as he capitalized on the turnover forced by fellow center Abe Kamara. The conversion was made by Marco Landicino to give Dartmouth a 7-0 lead. 

The Big Green camped out inside Harvard’s half, forcing the Crimson to play defense for most of the first quarter of the game. Harvard twice caused a turnover from a Dartmouth probe inside their 5-meter line to repel the Big Green until a knock-on by Harvard led to a scrum on the 5-meter line right in the middle of the field for Dartmouth. 8-man Luke Wilson picked the ball from the back and drove into the try zone for the second try of the match. Landicino hit his second conversion to make it 14-0 after the 25th minute. 

Harvard’s kickoff was knocked on by the Big Green gifting the Crimson possession inside Dartmouth’s 22. After a few phases, Dartmouth’s defense was too much for Harvard to handle as the Crimson turned the ball over yet again. 

In the 30th minute, a strong kick into Harvard’s half caused some unwanted pressure, and Adrian Guzman’s pass found the hands of Riordan for his second try. Dartmouth scored next off a quick tap after an offsides penalty as winger Jameson Liljedahl dotted down. Landicino converted the former, giving Dartmouth a 26-0 halftime lead. 

The Big Green opened up the second half by driving a Crimson scrum from the 5-meter line into the try zone to extend the lead. Dartmouth’s offense quickly piled on after a quick tap from Rocky Dutta set up Wilson for his second try; 36-0.

Harvard would not go down without a fight as fly-half, Daniel Erasmus broke through the opposition’s defensive line with a gashing run, setting up Slade Rand's try to put Harvard on the board. George Geneiser converted to make the score 36-7

Dartmouth reserve Sam Frolich scored the final try of the match as he slipped past the Harvard defense and placed the ball down right behind the uprights. Landicino converted to make the final score 43-7. 


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