Dartmouth Wins 11th Straight Ivy League Title

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Dartmouth has won the Ivy League for the 11th straight time, beating Harvard 43-22 in a one-game playoff in Hanover, NH, on Saturday.

With the victory, Dartmouth can, if it wants to, enter the D1AA spring playoffs, and all indications are that the Big Green will do exactly that.

The teams were fairly even early on, but Dartmouth broke a 3-3 deadlock when former High School All-American Luke Bienstock cut through for the first of his three tries on the day. Pat Sheehy missed the conversion, but he kicked his second penalty of the day soon thereafter to make it 11-3.


Led by some solid defensive work from seniors Steve Hinshaw Benji Hannam, Dartmouth was able to keep Harvard away from the tryline. Struan Coleman added a try to make it 16-3 at the break.

Harvard inched closer with the Crimson's first try of the day, but a Bienstock interception for a try negated that. Tries from Dartmouth's Julien Johnson, and Bienstock again, quickly made it 40-8.

Harvard scored twice late, but Dartmouth had the game, and the conference, under control.

The Big Green went 8-0 in Ivy League play, including Saturday's final, outscoring opponents 373-67; about half of those points against were scored by Harvard.

"Harvard is a class side that has some very handy players," Dartmouth head coach James Willocks said. "Credit to [Crimson coach Mike Diamantopoulos] for all the work he has done for them and all he continues to do for our league.

"I am happy with our performance given the conditions," Willocks continued. "It was great to see our seniors finish their final fall season on a high."

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