Men's Rugby Crowned 2018 Ivy League 7's Champs!

Men's Rugby Crowned 2018 Ivy League 7's Champs!

The Brown University Men’s Rugby Team capped off the 2018 spring season with four wins against no defeats to bring home the 2018 Ivy 7’s Tournament Championship.  Brown had won the very first Ivy 7’s Tournament in April of 2011, however it was Dartmouth that had dominated the competition since.  With both Princeton and Penn opting out of the tournament this year, the tournament was divided into two brackets:  Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell and Columbia, Harvard and Yale.

Brown v. Cornell (Pool Match)

Scoring Summary                                                                              Brown                                   Cornell

First Half

Brown Try (Christos Economos)                                                            

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                       

Brown Try (Jae Kim)                                                                             

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                       

Brown Try (James Bradley)                                                                    

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                       

Brown Try (Jae Kim)                                                                             

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                                                                                   

First Half                                                                                               28                                           0          

Brown Try (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                       

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                      

Brown Try (Justin Vandervelden)                                                                                                                        

Second Half                                                                                          12                                           0            

Final Score:                                                                                           40                                           0

Brown opened up the Tournament against Cornell.  It didn’t take long for Bruno to get on the board, scoring in the opening 20 seconds of the match.  The kick off was received by Alex Ogilvy who then fed James Bradley.  Bradley attacked hard across field, eventually passing to Christos Economos.  It was Economos who would get the points but not before he left a few defenders in his wake, many of whom thought they were sure to shepherd Economos into touch.  Little did they know that it would be a long day for anyone who tried to take this man down.  A few stiff arms later, Economos was under the sticks.  Ogilvy added the extra two, with 6 minutes and 30 seconds still to play in the first half.  90 seconds later, Brown would add to its score as captain Jae Kim crossed the line.  Another conversion by Ogilvy saw the score now 14-0 in favor of the Bears.  Ogilvy would convert two more tries this half as James Bradley scored at the 4 minute mark and captain Kim got his second try at minute 6.  Half time saw Brown up 28-0.  Comfortably in front, Brown subbed in reserves at halftime.  At 8 minutes Ogilvy would score his own try and add the conversion. Freshman Justin Vandervelden put the final nail in the Cornell coffin to end the match.

Brown Squad

  1. Austen Royer ’21 / Nkanyiso Nzimande ‘20
  2. Jae Kim ’20 / Sean Lumkong ‘21
  3. Max Spurrell ’21 / Fran Rosenberg ‘18
  4. Christos Economos ’21 / Justin Vandervelden ‘21
  5. Alex Ogilvy ‘20
  6. Sean Lumkong ’21 / RJ Oris ‘20
  7. James Bradley ‘21 / Christos Economos ’21

Brown v. Dartmouth (Pool Match)

Scoring Summary                                                                            Brown                                Dartmouth

First Half

Brown Try (Christos Economos)                                                      

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                   

Brown Try (Christos Economos)                                                      

Brown Try (James Bradley)                                                                                                                            

First Hal f                                                                                             17                                          0          

Brown Try (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                    

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                   

Brown Try (Sean Lumkong)                                                             

Brown Try (Justin Vandervelden)                                                    

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                                                                                   

Second Half                                                                                         19                                          0             

Final Score:                                                                                         36                                           0

Game two for the Bears would be a true test for the seven’s team as Dartmouth’s 7’s pedigree is well known. With expectations high, Brown was prepared to do battle with Big Green.  Dartmouth chose to kick off but once again Economos worked his magic. In under 60 seconds, Christos was once again under the posts with Ogilvy converting.  Economos scored again 2 minutes later, and James Bradley would get his second try of the day at the 5 minute mark.  The half would end with Brown ahead 17-0.  The game of 7’s is a game that can turn on a dime so there were no half time celebrations, and the next 7 minutes would tell the story. 

Brown’s Ogilvy kicked off to Dartmouth with a high short ball and quickly found the ball back in his hands.  The pressure was on and it was Dartmouth that was feeling it.  Like a hot knife through butter, the Scotsman found himself once again in the try zone.  To cap off his score, he successfully executed the conversion. Brown was on top 24-0. Dartmouth settled in and applied good pressure.  The Bears bent but did not break.  At 4 minutes into the second half, freshman Sean Lumkong took a great line through the Dartmouth defense, scoring his first try of the Tournament and giving Brown an insurmountable cushion. With time waning, it was now clear that the boys from Brown would accomplish something that had not been done since 2011.  Just as the previous game ended, freshman Justin Vandervelden would add a final try, converted by Ogilvy, to end the match.

The win over Dartmouth left Brown in 1st place in its pool with Dartmouth second and Cornell third.  Columbia came away with the top spot in the other pool, followed by Harvard and Yale.  

For the upcoming semi-finals, Brown would play Harvard and Dartmouth would take on Columbia.

Brown Squad

  1. Austen Royer ’21 / Nkanyiso Nzimande ‘20
  2. Jae Kim ’20 / Sean Lumkong’21
  3. Max Spurrell ’21 / Fran Rosenberg ‘18
  4. Christos Economos ’21 / Justin Vandervelden ‘21
  5. Alex Ogilvy ‘20
  6. Sean Lumkong ’21 / RJ Oris ‘20
  7. James Bradley ‘21 /  Christos Economos ‘21

 

Brown v. Harvard (Semi-Final)

 

Scoring Summary                                                                             Brown                                 Harvard

First Half

Brown Try (James Bradley)                                                              

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                   

Harvard Try                                                                                                                                         

Harvard Try                                                                                                                                                     

First Half                                                                                             7                                              10         

Brown Try (Christos Economos)                                                      

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                   

Brown Try (Jae Kim)                                                                                                                                        

Second Half                                                                                        12                                           0            

Final Score:                                                                                        19                                           10

 

The third match of the day against Harvard proved to be the closest and most physical match for Brown.  Once again, Brown was able to score points in the opening seconds of the game.  It would be James Bradley this time who would power his way over for the score, Ogilvy converting.  Harvard clearly did their homework and realized that that the best way to stop Brown would be to disrupt the Bears at the breakdown.  Brown fell into this trap and attempted to match a much bigger Harvard team in the contact area.  The rest of the first half was all Harvard as they would dot down two unconverted tries over the next six and a half minutes to lead the Bears 10-7 at the half. 

The Brown team was quick to understand their fault of playing into the Crimson’s hands in the breakdown.  Much better ball control resulted over the next 7 minutes.  Every time Harvard attempted to make it a physical contest, Brown simply moved the ball.  The Bears defended well and poached some ball in the contact area.  One of these turnovers led to another Christos Economos try 2 minutes into the half.  With the Ogilvy conversion, Brown now had a 4-point lead with 5 minutes to go.  Harvard pressed Brown hard but the Bears defended well.  Good patience and movement of the ball eventually paid off as Jae Kim would seal the win with a good score at almost the 6-minute mark.  The early scare was averted with Brown moving on to the finals.

In the other semi-final Dartmouth upset Columbia to take on Brown for the second time on the day in the Championship match.

 

Brown Squad

  1. Austen Royer ’21 / Nkanyiso Nzimande ‘20
  2. Jae Kim ’20
  3. Max Spurrell ’21 / Fran Rosenberg ‘18
  4. Christos Economos ’21 / Justin Vandervelden ‘21
  5. Alex Ogilvy ‘20
  6. Sean Lumkong ’21 / RJ Oris ‘20
  7. James Bradley ‘21 /  Sean Lumkong ’21

 

Brown v. Dartmouth (Final)

 

Scoring Summary                                                                              Brown                                  Dartmouth

First Half

Brown Try (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                    

Conversion (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                   

Brown Try (Alex Ogilvy)                                                                                                                                    

First Half                                                                                             12                                          0             

Brown Try (Jae Kim)                                                                          

Brown Try (Christos Economos)                                                                                                                         

Second Half                                                                                         10                                          0             

Final Score:                                                                                         22                                           0

 

Brown was unable to get on top of Dartmouth early in the final as it had in the pool match. In what was a much better game for Dartmouth, the Bears struggled to find their way onto the scoreboard.  This game would not see a score in the initial minute.  Instead, the half would see good ball movement, defense and structure by both sides.  Eventually, the stalemate broke as Alex Ogilvy would score and convert to put Brown up at 4 minutes into the first half.  Alex would find himself scoring again at 6 minutes but was unable to kick the conversion.  The half ended with a tenuous 12-0 Brown lead. 

Knowing how quickly a lead can dissolve, the focus at the half was on structure, structure and structure.  Brown knew that they could control the game if they played to their advantage… passing, patience and pouncing on the opportunities when they presented themselves.  Two minutes in saw Brown take advantage of an opportunity.  It was captain Kim again who would provide the cushion scoring his 4th try of the day.  A sigh of relief after the score did not completely alleviate any fears of a Dartmouth comeback however it did help the guys understand that they were much closer to their goal.  It was only fitting that freshman Christos Economos, who started the scoring on the day, would also end the scoring with his 5th try with 2 minutes to go in the game.  While Dartmouth did not give up after this, it clearly took the wind out of their sails.  When the final whistle blew, Brown had achieved a repeat of their 2011 sevens run and were crowed the 2018 Ivy League 7’s Champion.

 

Brown Squad          

  1. Austen Royer ’21 / Nkanyiso Nzimande ‘20
  2. Jae Kim ’20
  3. Max Spurrell ’21 / Fran Rosenberg ‘18
  4. Christos Economos ’21 / Justin Vandervelden ‘21
  5. Alex Ogilvy ‘20
  6. Sean Lumkong ’21 / RJ Oris ‘20
  7. James Bradley ‘21 / Trevor Anesi ‘18

A huge thanks to all the parents and alumni who supported the day.  Their cheers urged on the boys and the ample food provided fueled their hunger for the win.  Sophomore Alex Ogilvy had 42 points on the day (4 tries and 11 conversions) playing the entirety of all four matches.  Freshman Christos Economos was a monster on both attack and defense.  There was a frequent “who’s that?” that could be heard from the crowd when he had ball in hand or was coming across to defend a line break as sweeper.  It was, though, a true team effort as the entire 7’s squad was used creatively throughout the day to secure the championship.  In total, Brown scored 117 points and gave up only 10. Finally, thanks to head coach Dave Laflamme who prepared the team for the Tournament and is now basking in the glow of a terrific Brown win. Well done.

Final Results of the Day

Pool play – Pool 1                                               Pool 2

Yale (0) v Columbia (19)                                   Brown (40) v Cornell (0)

Yale (35) v Harvard (41)                                   Brown (36) v Dartmouth (0)

Columbia (19) v Harvard (10)                          Dartmouth (24) v Cornell (0)

Semi-finals

Brown (19) v. Harvard (10)

Dartmouth (19) v. Columbia (12)

Championship

Brown (22) v. Dartmouth (0)

Final Standings

5th / 6th – Cornell (15) v Yale (5)

3rd / 4th – Columbia (28) v Harvard (7)

1st / 2nd – Brown (22) v Dartmouth (0)