The Big Green took a week's hiatus from an intense spring 15's schedule and entered two teams into UNH's Scott Milly Memorial 7's Tournament. The DWRC's excellent fitness and handling skills became more evident as the day progressed. The A's dominated their pool even as they shook out the 15s cobwebs and shifted to 7s principals, while the B's made signficant improvement in every match as they implemented recently-learned 7s concepts for the first time and placed 3rd in the tournament.
High winds and temperatures in the low 40's made for challenging conditions, and two teams left the tournament early, cutting short the number of expected matches for both teams. The DWRC was hampered early in the first match of the day as new captain Ally Murray '14 left the pitch with an ankle injury, but the Big Green refused to let anything get in the way of their mission- to go home with some hardware.
UNH A's proved their mettle in the Finals, leading Dartmouth at half with a 12-10 score. Dartmouth opened the second half with great teamwork and ball movement which allowed Michaela Conway '15 to score a beautiful try under the posts. Conway converted her own try to bring the score to 17-12 Dartmouth. UNH came back hard, though, and mid-way through the second half charged through the tough Dartmouth defense to get an unconverted try and tie the match at 17-17. The waning minutes of the game saw Dartmouth pressing up the pitch, working with patience and keeping the ball in play, until finally 3rd receiver Pallavi Kuppa-Apte '15 touched the ball down in the 14th minute for the last score of the match and the Championship.
The Dartmouth B's Final Match against the UNH B's showcased the speed of first-year winger Kerry Ann Conlin, who came away with a hat trick, and the skill of first-time kicker Becky Marder '15 (3 for 4 in the match). It was also an exhibition of the great teamwork, intelligence, and evolution that was the hallmark of the B side's undefeated fall 15s season and is an indication of great things to come.
vs. UNH B's 55-0
Tries: Yejadai Dunn '16 (2); Pallavi Kuppa-Apte '14 (2); SK Amaro '13 (2); Sandi Caalim '13 (2). Conversions: Karoline Walter '13 (2); Michaela Conway '15 (2)
vs. Castleton State 43-5
Tries: Michaela Conway '15 (1); Pallavi Kuppa-Apte '14 (3); Mayowa Willoughby '14 (3). Conversions: Karoline Walter '13 (2); Michaela Conway (2)
vs. UNH A's 22-17
Tries: SK Amaro '13 (1); Pallavi Kuppa-Apte '14 (2); Michaela Conway '15 (1). Conversions: Michaela Conway (1)
vs. UNH A's 10-25
Tries: Charlotte Knott '15 (1); Kerry Ann Conlin '16 (1)
vs. Colby Sawyer 27-5
Tries: Charlotte Knott '15 (2); Kerry Ann Conlin '16 (2); Becky Marder '15 (1). Conversions: Becky Marder (1)
vs. UNH B's 26-0
Tries: Kerry Ann Conlin '16 (3); Leandra Barrett '15 (1). Conversions: Becky Marder '15 (3)