Herbert On Sports Update

February 27th update on Army Sports.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (6-19): Senior Josh Wilson scored 19, but Army lost to a strong Lehigh team at Lehigh 68-63. At Bucknell, we had our worst offensive game of the year and were routed 75-25. At home yesterday, lost to American U. 54-48. Navy here Saturday. They are 4-22, but upset league-leading Lafayette, at Lafayette yesterday. The game will be on regional TV in the East.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (13-13): At one point 6-1 on the season, our women have now lost 12 of 19. Lost to American U. at home 49-41 yesterday - 4th loss in a row. Last week Lehigh set a Patriot League record, shooting over 70% from the field to beat Army 83-53. We also lost at Bucknell 73-68. Navy at home Saturday.

HOCKEY (11-14-3): Lost to league leading Holy Cross 5-2, and then beaten by Connecticut on their ice 3-2. We had a 2-0 lead early in that game.

WRESTLING (7-7): Dual meet season ended as Navy defeated Army 22-9. There were no pins; Army won 3 decisions, and Navy won 7, one a major. Army's Phil Simpson, ranked 7th at 157 lbs., lost a one-point decision to a Middie he had beaten 6-2 earlier in the year. We lost another match by a single point, and another by 2 points. Yearling Luke Calvert, ranked 20th at 184 lbs., stepped up and wrestled at 197 lbs., defeating Navy's Paxton by an 11-8 score. Paxton went in to the match with a 25-7 record. Only other Army wins were by captain Bernard Gardner (133) and senior Kurt Pryor (165).

MEN'S TENNIS (5-3): Lost to Yale 6-1 and Cornell 4-3. Traveled north and routed Buffalo 7-0.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (5-5): Back on a winning track with consecutive wins over Syracuse 5-2, U. of Maryland, Baltimore County 6-1 and Connecticut 6-1. Lost to Columbia here 7-0.

BASEBALL (1-2): Traveled to Texas and played 3 games against U. of Texas-San Antonio. Always tough: we hadn't even been outdoors, and our opponents had already played half a dozen games. Lost the opener in 11 innings 7-6, lost again 4-0, but defeated Texas-San Antonio 6-3 as junior 2nd baseman Nate Stone homered and drove in 4 runs and plebe lefty Nick Hill pitched 5 solid innings to pick up the win.

GYMNASTICS (7-2): Defeated Navy at Annapolis 208.1 - 203.45. Junior Brian Lee won the high bar, still rings, and p-bars. Air Force here today. We've won the last 6 meetings with the Zoomies.

FENCING CLUB: Army women's fencing team is 4-2 on the season. They defeated Yeshiva 22-5, Marist 24-3, Vassar 15-12 and Bard 25-2. Lost to Haverford 15-12 and Johns Hopkins 17-10. Army's men are 3-1 with wins over Cornell 23-4, New Jersey Tech 20-7, and St. John's 19-8. Drew University defeated Army 16-11.

FOOTBALL: The 2004 schedule is still not published, should be out any day. Eight conference games, Navy, AF, and Connecticut. I spoke to Coach Bobby Ross for a few minutes this week. He said our talent level is "not that far behind" Navy and AF. His immediate goal is to win the Commander-in-Chief's trophy. He said he had to start from scratch recruiting in January, but believes we have a solid group of some 30+ recruits coming in. A larger number of players will attend USMAPS than during Coach Berry's tenure. The team is working very hard in the off-season, lifting and running. Trainer Tim Kelly told me they've never been worked this hard.

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