Match Report - Dartmouth Pushes Regular Season Record to 3-1

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The DRFC headed down to Providence, Rhode Island, yesterday morning following a strong week of practice with the hope to put together an impressive performance against Ivy opponent Brown University. The beautiful fall day was the perfect setting for the team to manage what was arguably their best effort of the season to date.

The opening minutes were marked with swift movement on the part of the Dartmouth backs, but handling errors on numerous line-breaks prevented capitalization as it seemed to take a while for the DRFC to fully find their rhythm. After a handful of penalties the Dartmouth defense showed its head, launching up hard and delivering some crushing blows to the Brown attack. In the fifteenth minute Captain Tom Manzo '07 hit Co-Captain Aziz Sayigh '07 who sliced through the Brown side pushing ahead for a 60m line-break, then off-loading to lock Josh Weinberg '07 who finished off the last 10m for Dartmouth's first 5 points. The conversion failed.

Just seven minutes later the Big Green struck again. After a short line-break and ruck, Manzo found Flyhalf Conlan O'Leary '09 who dished to Paul Huelskamp '06 crashing in support.

Jeff Kolovson nailed the conversion to give the Big Green a 12-0 lead midway through the half. Soon after Kolovson went down with an ankle injury, and was replaced by the speedy Dave Chattman at wing.

Before the half the Green managed to tally again; this time in moving forward off a from a set-piece about 40 meters out. John Wilkens '06 found Sayigh who juked and pushed ahead for a line-break and a try of his own, to put Dartmouth ahead. Chattman hit the conversion to make the mark 19-0.

The scoring continued in the second half, as several different Dartmouth players managed to get in on the action. First was flanker Andy Mackin '07, catching a dish from Manzo which he took 40 meters for the score. After Chattman hit the conversion he too came off with a foot injury, being replaced at wing by junior Jake Pawlowski '08.

10 minutes after being subbed in Pawlowski got on the board catching a nice pass from O'Leary, taking it 20 meters to put the boys up 31-0 with 30 minutes to play. O'Leary then made an opportunity for himself as he took the ball following a Josh Ring line-break and weaved up-field by himself, dotting down beneath the posts. After a good conversion from Pawlowski Dartmouth led by 38, at which point a string of substitutions were made as Dan Seigfried, Doug Raicek, and Nick Ortiz brought their fresh legs into the action with 20 minutes remaining.

Just minutes later Dartmouth would tally its seventh and final try when Flyhalf O'Leary initiated the attack again finding a charging Huelskamp for his second try of the day. Pawlowski put a nice exclamation point on the day hitting the conversion and making the final mark 45-0 in favor of Dartmouth.

Captain Tom Manzo was pleased with the efforts he saw on the field and noted that, \"the most important thing, score aside, is that we improve as a team each week. This was a step forward from last week, especially in our backs play. It should be a good starting point from which we can hit the training pitch hard to prepare for a crucial match with Harvard next week.\"

The second XV continued their dominance of the Northeast with another resounding victory, beating the Brown second side 43-12 with great play form a wide-range of underclassman leaders.

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