Herbert on Sports Update

VOLLEYBALL (15-3): Where did we get these plebes? Briana Stremick hit 9 kills and classmates Jamie Clark and Rachel Beinling made big contributions as Army swept Holy Cross, 3-0 (30-24, 30-19, 30-17). Then on Tuesday, Stremick had 20 kills in a 3-1 victory over Marist (27-30, 30-19, 30-27, 30-17). Plebe Elizabeth Lazzari and senior Abby Casciato had "double-doubles." Lafayette and Lehigh here this weekend.

SPRINT FOOTBALL (3-2): Junior Patrick Hall rushed for 146 yds as Army defeated Pennsylvania, 24-6 in the rain at Michie. No game this weekend.

MEN'S SOCCER (4-9-1): We led Lehigh on their field, 1-0 at the half, but Lehigh scored four times in the second half for a 4-1 win. At home yesterday, we played a scoreless first half against New Jersey Tech, but yearling Adrian Moreno and plebe Chase Hunter scored 2nd half goals for Army in a 2-0 win.

RUGBY CLUB: Still unbeaten against college competition. Defeated Boston College in the mud and rain, 53-10. Meanwhile, our women's team routed Rutgers, 51-0.

MARTIAL ARTS CLUB: Competing for positions on the Tae kwon do League All-Star team, 2 of our eight fighters (4 men, 4 women) won positions, and 2 won alternates. Junior Jason Song went 5-0 in the black belt welter weight division, and classmate Tina Chong won in the women's black belt welter weight division.

FOOTBALL (0-6): TCU 38, ARMY 17. No excuses, but the defense is improving every week. We closed the gap to 24-17 in the 4th quarter, and then recovered an on-sides kickoff… but lost it on a penalty. We also threw 3 interceptions in the final 5 minutes that effectively killed our chances to come back. TCU turned tow of them into scores. Carlton Jones played well, but sprained an ankle late. He may be okay for this weekend's game. We're at Akron (3-3) this Saturday, and they are an 8 point favorite. If we can stop the turnovers, we can win this one.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Senior team captain Phil Sakala took first place with a time of 27 minutes, 30.07 seconds as Army defeated Navy, 27-28 in the closest meet since the series began in 1937. It was Army's second win in the last 3 years, and Sakala took first place in our 2003 win, too. Navy took 2nd place, but junior Dan O'Loughlin took 3rd, classmate Matthew Kotlarski took 6th, and juniors Michael Kleuber and Faraz Bala took 8th and 9th respectively.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Coach Jerry Quiller expected a close race, but to his surprise Army's women routed Navy 20-41. Eight of Army's runners finished in the top ten. Yearling Kirsten Dawson, a walk-on as a plebe, came in second as a Navy runner was the individual winner. Behind Dawson, Army swept the next 4 places – 3 through 6 – with plebe Meghan Curran 3rd, and seniors Myra Markey, Jill Hajec, and Ashley Urick finishing 4th through 6th.

For Army's women, it was the 5th straight win over the Middies.

HOCKEY (0-2): Traveled to Omaha, Nebraska to open the season at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede. With a team loaded with plebes and yearlings, Army lost to Nebraska-Omaha, 3-2. UNO went on to rout New Hampshire (another hockey power) and win the tournament. Against Ferris State, Army lost 5-2, in the consolation game. Colgate, ranked in the top 10 last year (when we upset them on their ice) will be here tonight.

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