Navy topped Dartmouth College this Saturday 19 to 7 in Hanover, New Hampshire to improve to 2-0 on the season. The two teams went back and forth for much of the first half with both sides kicking effectively and competing for favorable field position. Navy finally got a penetrating run off of a scrum by wing Denver Fuller ’20 that set up the first points of the game with a try by fly-half Scott Diaz ’18 to put the Midshipmen up 5-0.
After a series of penalties Dartmouth was able to get deep in Navy territory, but the Navy defense stood strong repelling the Dartmouth attack from 5 meters out multiple times and eventually exiting the dangerous situation unscathed. Navy’s attack then struck again with a try by Captain 8-man Connor McNerney ’18, making the score 12-0. In the 37th minute, Dartmouth kicked for points and put the score at 12-3 Navy before going into the half.
Navy came out firing after halftime with a hard-fought try by Sam Davis ’18 in the 43rd minute to increase the Navy lead to 19-3. Dartmouth kicked for points one more time making the score 19-6, but the Navy defense prevented the Dartmouth attack from scoring a try in the second half as well. Both teams struggled with penalties in the second half. The Navy attack threatened multiple times but was not able to capitalize on any scoring opportunities. Time ran out with the score remaining 19-6 Navy.
In the B-side game Navy dominated Dartmouth 95-12. The Midshipmen offense was firing on all cylinders with notable performances from Jermaine Oliver ’20, Brennan Amsberry ’20, and Sam Valley ’18. The Midshipmen defense also performed well, completely shutting down the Dartmouth attack for most of the game.
Navy will be working hard this week preparing for this week’s match up against Notre Dame College. The Midshipmen are back at the Prussmack Rugby Complex in Annapolis this Saturday October 21st, for what is shaping up to be the biggest test of the season thus far.