Herbert on Sports Update

FOOTBALL (3-6): Army 34, Massachusetts 27. It wasn't pretty, but it was a win! Coach Ross said everything that could go wrong did, and he told the team that this was the sort of game we would have lost a couple of years ago.

Early in the game, Dahman was pressured and instead of throwing out of bounds, threw an interception. We held, and UMass kicked a field goal from our 24 yd line. Late in the quarter, yearling punter Owen Tolson put UMass in a hole with a punt that was downed on their 1 yd line. The UMass QB slipped in the end zone and we had a safety. The UMass kickoff was returned to our 45. Jones ran twice for 9 yds and on 3rd and 1, Scott Wesley ran around end for 46 yds and a TD. We held UMass after the kickoff, but we fumbled their punt and they recovered on our 24 and scored in two plays. An Army FG just before the half gave us back the lead, 12-10.

I thought we were home safe early in the 3rd period when Dahman hit yearling Jeremy Trimble for 38 yds and a picture perfect score, and a 19-10 lead. But moments later, UMass blocked a Tolson punt and covered it in the end zone for a TD. After the kickoff, a short Army punt gave UMass another FG and a 20-19 lead after 3 quarters. In the fourth quarter Rob Davis intercepted a UMass pass and returned it 37 yds to their 6. We immediately drew a 5 yd penalty, but Carlton Jones circled right end for 11 yds and the score. Dahman then passed to junior Walter Hill for the 2 point conversion and a 27-20 lead. Late in the game, Army elected to run for a first down with a fourth and less than one on our own 36. But we fumbled the snap; UMass picked it up and ran 36 yds for the score that tied the game 27-27! At this point, our offense had given UMass 17 points. UMass kicked off, and Dahman directed a methodical 61 yd drive for the winning score. Three times he completed passes for on 3rd down to keep the drive alive. A 10 yd pass to Hill scored the winning TD.

Except for his early interception, Dahman had an excellent game, completing 22 of 27 for 224 yds. We only ran for 120 yds, but limited UMass to 62. Time of possession was in our favor, 35 minutes to 25. We lost 2 fumbles, but the UMass QB, who had thrown only one interception all year, was picked off 3 times. The two teams combined for 191 yds in penalties: we were flagged 10 times, UMass 15 times.

Arkansas State here Saturday at noon. We are a 7 point favorite.

HOCKEY (2-7-1): Lost the first of two at Canisius by a goal, but tied them 2-2 in the second game. This past weekend, at home, we defeated Air Force 3-0 as senior goalie Brad Roberts stopped 26 shots. It happened on Veterans' Day, and was our 1,000th hockey win. On Saturday evening, we led 3-0 with 14 minutes to play in the final period, but AF scored on a penalty shot, the momentum changed, and they tied the game 3-3 at the end of regulation. Ninety seconds into overtime, Senior Chris Migliaro slapped a loose puck to give Army a 4-3 win and a sweep of the two games.

At Bentley for two games this weekend.

SWIMMING: Men's swimming and diving is undefeated with a 3-0 record. The men have beaten Lafayette 139-80, and Holy Cross 168-113. The Army women are 2-1, with wins over Lafayette 143-100, and Holy Cross 159-120.

VOLLEYBALL (20-6): After a great start (19-3), the season ended on a disappointing note as Army lost to Navy at Annapolis for the second time 3-2. We also lost to American U. 3-0, defeated Sacred Heart 3-0, but lost our final match to Holy Cross 3-2.

PARACHUTE CLUB: Competing in a meet open to all active duty military personnel in North Carolina, Army's Parachute Club placed first in 4-way Relative Work, took first in Sport Accuracy, and first, 2nd, and 3rd in Classic Accuracy. Air Force Academy competed and earned no medals.

RIFLE (4-0): Routed North Carolina State 4665-4487. Top shooters were yearling Chris Abalo and plebe Wesley Hess.

BASKETBALL (0-1): Lost to Temple in the pre-season N.I.T. 69-37. Coach Crews has brought in 5 strong plebes – four are over 6'5" and 200 lbs, but it's a work in progress. Of the 20 players on our roster, only one is a senior, and he is not a starter.

MEN'S RUGBY: Qualified for the Sweet Sixteen (and the national championship) next spring by defeating Fordham 98-7, Cornell 78-7 and Dartmouth 34-7.

WOMEN'S RUGBY: In the Metropolitan Championships, Army defeated Columbia 24-0 and Vassar 32-5. In the NRU Championships, Army defeated Yale 22-7, Vassar 10-5, and Radcliffe 24-22.

PISTOL CLUB (3-1): Army (6278) defeated The Citadel (6085), and Coast Guard Academy (5969).


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