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Rugby Wins Ivy League Cup Championship 

The Dartmouth Rugby Team won its twelfth Ivy League Cup Championship when it defeated Harvard University 41-0 on April 27, 2008. It was the first championship shutout in Ivy League history, and Dartmouth Rugby now holds the exalted position as the team with the most wins since the inception of the Cup in 1969. Dartmouth was especially dominant in the three games that made up the tournament, defeating Columbia (40-0) and Penn (64-0), to finish with an aggregate count of 145-0.

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The 2008 Ivy League Champion Dartmouth Rugby Team. (Photo by Robert End '77, father of All-Ivy center Riley End '08)

"The lads continually looked to improve on their previous performances," says Head Coach Alexander Magleby '00. "They really started their season the day after last season ended. They put to paper their aspirations, their hopes for the next year, and how they were going  to go about enjoying that competitive process. It's a reflection of the growth the seniors and juniors and other leaders worked hard to develop. It was long haul, but a tremendous experience."

Gordon Silvera ’08, the tournament Most Valuable Player, says the team "developed a swagger" after holding its own against a much stronger Brigham Young University team in a tough match in mid-April. "During the Ivies, we stepped onto the field like we were the rightful champions, and then played in a manner to prove it."

scrum Front-row packing into the scrum against Harvard in the championship: Captain Kemper Pierce '08 on the far side, Josh Ring '08 at hooker, and JR Williams '08 closest. All three are All-Ivy selections. (Photo by Robert End '77)
silveraGordon Silvera '08 zips a pass with support from two time All-Ivy Kemper Pierce '08 (leaning) in the championship game versus Harvard. (Photo by Ed Hagerty)

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Last Updated: 12/17/08