Inexperienced Big Green Shows Heart, but Falls to Strong Brown Side on Opening Weekend of League Play.
Although Brown's Chelsea Garber and her veteran-speckled backline had a tough time containing or breaking through Dartmouth's powerful centers (Ashley Afranie-Sakyi '13 and Sabrina Amaro '13) they took full advantage of Garber's powerful boot as they kicked their way into scoring position and finished with speedy wings.
The DWRC held the Bears scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game, but Brown found it's rhythm and put up five unanswered tries, 2 converted, to take a 29-0 lead at half.
Dartmouth closed the first half with a strong offensive drive after a Brown penalty, and although time ran out before they found the tryline, it was the beginning of more inspired play by the Big Green. Dartmouth's forwards, led by Captain Theresa Cassano '12, dominated the opening of the second half with long vertical attacks culminating in successful driving mauls, where powerful young props Mayowa Willoughby '14 and Jovalee Thompson '14 overwhelmed the smaller Bear forwards.
Big Green #11 Rita-Louise Montour '13 capped off the first march down the field with a try on the outside. Brown answered with two tries, despite Dartmouth's much improved defensive organization. Late in the second half, Ashley Afranie-Sakyi '13 score on one of her many long breaks up the middle and dotted her own try. Despite the 41-12 score, Darmouth made significant progress throughout the game and made effective adjustments at the half. President Ginna Roach '12 thought that the Dartmouth side was "fierce competitors and proud of the how the DWRC fought on the field." Dartmouth will be taking on Columbia at home next Saturday at 2:00 pm.
Brown 41- Dartmouth 12
Dartmouth tries: Rita-Louise Montour '13, Ashley Afranie-Sakyi '13
Conversions: Ashley Afranie-Sakyi '13
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