Herbert on Sports Update

BASEBALL (1-5): Lost two out of three at Duke; we won 8-6 after losing 13-3, then lost the rubber game 3-2. With several inches of snow on the ground here, it isn't easy to be ready to play teams that have been outside for several weeks.

HOCKEY (10-18-3): Continued the momentum from last week's two wins over Bentley by defeating American International here last Friday 5-3. Then, on Saturday, plebe Ryan Cruthers scored twice in the 3rd period, the second time with 34 seconds to play, to give Army a 3-3 tie. Army at Canisius for two games this weekend, which concludes the regular season.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (3-23): Playing at home, Army lost to league-leading Holy Cross 66-49, thus ending the regular season. We'll play them again on their court tonight in the first round of the Patriot League tournament. Yearling guard Matt Bell was named to the All-Patriot League second team. Is this the worst record for Army basketball since we began playing in 1903? Yes.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (15-13): Lost the last regular season game to Holy Cross (tops in the Patriot League) 74-61. Last night, seeded 3rd, we played 6th seeded Colgate at Bethlehem, PA in the first round of the league tournament. Army trailed at one point by 23, but with 5 seconds left we closed the gap to one point, but lost 78-75. End of season. But, hey, we beat Air Force and took two from Navy.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (10-3): Trounced Rutgers 6-1 and played substitutes in a 6-1 rout of Long Island U.

MEN'S TENNIS (7-1): Snowed out.

SOFTBALL (0-4): Army will play this Saturday-Sunday at the George Washington U. Colonial Challenge. In addition to GWU and Army, Colgate and Manhattan will participate. Games will be played on the Mount Vernon softball field.

GYMNASTICS (6-1): Defeated Air Force twice at Air Force this past weekend. Army won 213.725 - 192.35, and 206.05 - 195.00. We are ranked 11th, Air Force 19th. Fifteenth ranked Temple here Saturday.

WRESTLING (12-5): Completed the regular season by defeating Rutgers on their mat 23-20. Senior Phil Simpson tied the all-time Academy win record with his 126th victory, pinning his Rutgers opponent. Phil's career record is 126-18, including 51 pins.

PISTOL CLUB (7-3): After losing the season's first 3 matches, Army ended the season with 7 straight wins, including a 6366 - 6287 win over Navy at Annapolis. Although it didn't count in the aggregate score, Army Women's Air Pistol team defeated Navy 1082 - 1080, and Navy's Women's Sports Pistol team defeated Army 1650 - 1556.

LACROSSE (0-1): Played 2nd ranked Syracuse in the Carrier Dome and we were tied 4-4 well into the 3rd quarter. But Syracuse scored the last 5 goals to win 9-4. They dominated the faceoffs, which didn't help. Lehigh here Saturday - and it will be cold!

FOOTBALL: Coach Ross has been concerned for some time that the 2005 schedule leaves Army with two weeks off between the 12 November Massachusetts game and the 3 December Navy game. This week, it was announced that we have cancelled our home opener with New Hampshire (3 Sep) and added a game against Arkansas State on 19 November at West Point, thus eliminating extra week off problem. Army will try and fit a game in with New Hampshire in the next few years. We will play at Arkansas State in 2006, probably on 2 September. Overall, this schedule change is a very positive move for Army. In 2004, Arkansas State had about the same record as Army, winning 3 and losing 8. So, our 2005 season opens on 10 September at Boston College.

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