Herbert on Sports Update

LACROSSE (8-6): Lost to Navy at Annapolis 12-11. That's six losses in a row to the Mids. Came home and defeated Lafayette 20-6, which gained us a tie for the Patriot League title. Since we defeated Bucknell, Army gets the automatic invite to the NCAA tournament. Against Lafayette, plebe John Walker scored 3 goals - the fifth successive game he has recorded a hat trick.

This was the 10th league championship for Army in the 13 years the Patriot League has been in existence, and our 13th appearance overall in the NCAA tournament - first since 1996. Last game of the regular season this weekend as we travel to Yale.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE CLUB (7-3): Ended the season with a weekend tournament at Annapolis. We opened play by losing to a strong Air Force team 8-5. The game was played in a downpour, we fell behind early and although we outplayed the Zoomies in the second half, we couldn't catch up. Two hours later, Army played U. of Rhode Island. We led by 2 at the half, fell behind by 3 with 8 minutes to play, tied the game with a minute to go, and scored the winning goal with 30 seconds on the clock. Army 11 Rhode Island 10. On Sunday, a sunny day, Army played Navy. The Middies scored the first two goals, but after that it was all Army, as we won 10-7. In the Navy game, plebe Stephanie Davison scored 3 goals, classmate Eva Armanas scored 2, yearling Shawn Naessens scored 1, junior Katie Macfarlane scored 2, and senior Maria Chavez and junior Xenia Cuevas each got a goal.

EQUESTRIAN TEAM: Finished 3rd among 36 colleges competing in the Zone Championships at Port Jervis, NY.

SOFTBALL (18-25): Facing a 4 game series against Bucknell at home, Army won 3 games to qualify for the Patriot League tournament. We'll be the fourth seed with a 9-11 league record. We'll face Lehigh, with a 19-1 league record. Against Bucknell, we lost 0-3, then won 5-0. Army won the second doubleheader, 4-2 and 4-3. Junior pitcher Ashlie Christian won the first game and came in to get the save in the second game.

Since qualifying for the tournament, it's been all down hill! We lost a doubleheader to Yale 4-3 and 11-3. Finished the regular season at Hofstra yesterday and lost 4-3 and 9-0. The second game was a no-hitter for Hofstra. They are one of the best teams in the East, with a 32-14 record.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (17-6): Won the Patriot League tournament and a bid to the NCAA tournament by defeating Bucknell 4-0 and American U. 4-0. We will meet U. of California (seeded 4th nationally) on May 9th or 10th at Texas A. & M. This will be Army's 4th appearance in the NCAA tournament in the past 5 years.

GOLF: Ended the season by finishing 3rd at the Patriot League Championships and 2nd at the Montclair State Invitational.

RUGBY: Army's "C" and "D" sides completed their season undefeated by defeating Air Force 17-15 and Navy 15-10 in San Antonio, Texas.

BASEBALL (15-22-1): Lost a home game to St. Francis 18-13. Split two doubleheaders with league opponent Holy Cross, losing 5-1 and 7-2, but winning 8-7 and 5-4 in 15 innings! At home Tuesday, we were bombed by Temple 23-7. They got 22 hits including 7 home runs.

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