April 16, 2016
Boston University men's rowing swept Dartmouth and Rutgers in Hanover, N.H. on Saturday to retain the Bill Cup. The victory was BU's 11th straight Bill Cup victory dating back to 2006 and the team's second-straight cup victory of the spring.
In an exciting Bill Cup race, the No. 7 Boston University varsity eight pulled out to a 2-seat lead over No. 10 Dartmouth and Rutgers in the first 100 meters. Dartmouth answered however and took a 3-seat lead over BU at the 500 meter mark and retained the lead halfway through the race. The Terriers, coxed by sophomore MacKenzie Hart and stroked by senior Mac Copp, would not go quietly and caught Dartmouth with 500 meters to go. BU passed the Big Green and continued to open up their lead as the boats reached the finish line. BU finished with a time of 5:27.2, six seats ahead of Dartmouth (5:29.1) with Rutgers finishing third (5:45.5).
“I thought it was a good day of racing,” said Boston University's head coach Thomas Bohrer after the race. "We knew Dartmouth was a real up and coming program and they would give us a run for our money and they certainly did. Our 1V, 2V and 4V all had to come from behind and I think they showed a lot of poise coming back. Dartmouth made all our boats race the full 2000 meters and we did.”
In the 2V race, Dartmouth again came out with a high rate and opened up a lead over BU. The Dartmouth lead was 1 length at the 1000 meter mark but then the Terriers made their move. Coxed by freshman Sean Dooling and stroked by sophomore Max Ponsen, the 2V began to cut into the Dartmouth lead and pulled even with 500 meters to go. The Terriers poured it on down the stretch, opening up a six-seat lead over Dartmouth with 100 meters left and extended it to a length at the finish line. BU finished with a time of 5:30.8 with Dartmouth second (5:36.4) and Rutgers third (5:59.5).
There was little drama in the third varsity eight race as BU opened up a quick lead over Dartmouth and Rutgers and never looked back. Coxed by sophomore Justin Goucher and stroked by freshman Paul Giroux, the 3V opened a full-length lead over Dartmouth and Rutgers at the 1000 meter mark and extended it to 2-lengths over the Big Green at the finish with Rutgers again finishing third.
In the first race of the morning, the 4V got things started on the right foot for BU in a very close race. Coxed by freshman Alexandra Reynolds and stroked by classmate Kyle Blackburn, the 4V fell behind Dartmouth early but cut into the lead at the halfway point. The two boats were even down the stretch but it was BU by bow ball at the finish line.
The sweep highlighted the Terriers 11th straight Bill Cup victory dating back to 2006 and was the team's second-straight cup victory of the spring after last week's victory over rival Northeastern on the Charles River.
The Terriers will next race against Columbia (Lusins Cup) and Syracuse (Conlan Cup) on April 23 in Overpeck Park, N.J.
1V (Bill Cup)
BU – 5:27.2
Dartmouth – 5:29.1
Rutgers – 5:54.5
BU – 5:30.8
Dartmouth – 5:36.4
Rutgers – 5:59.5
BU – 5:34.7
Dartmouth – 5:41.3
Rutgers – 6:01
BU – 5:39.58
Dartmouth – 5:39.94