Herbert on Sports Update

FOOTBALL (4-7-0): All of us here believed it would be a close game, but Army's defense could not cope with the Navy option. I'm sure you watched the game, but a few of the stats are revealing. Navy rushed for 490 yards to our 82. We passed for 255 yards (Dahman, with excellent protection, completed 23 of 35 with no interceptions, and 3 TD passes), Navy passed 41 yards on 3 of 6. We ran 75 plays to Navy's 66 and held the ball for 33 minutes to Navy's 27. All to no avail, big plays killed us.

The 2006 football schedule hasn't been announced yet, but is expected very soon. Our 2006 team will return 5 of 7 offensive linemen, and 6 of 7 2nd team OL return. Both first team wide receivers are back, as well as both fullbacks. Big losses on offense are at running back and QB. Yearling QB David Pevoto (6'3" and 211) saw little playing time. On defense all 3 linebackers will be back, as well as 3 of 4 down linemen. Three of 4 defensive backs return. Seven of 11 2nd team defensive players also come back in 2006.

VOLLEYBALL (21-7): I wound up this sport too soon – before the Patriot League playoffs. Seeded 3rd (and after losing twice to Navy in the regular season), we defeated the 2nd seeded Middies in straight games, 3-0 (30-28, 30-21, 30-19). In the finals against No. 1 seed American U., Army lost 3-2. Coach Conley was voted Patriot League Coach of the Year.

Additionally, senior setter Abby Casciato was named Patriot League "Player of the Year," and plebe Elizabeth Lazzari was named "Rookie of the Year." Both Casciato and Lazzari were also named to the Patriot League All-League first team. Casciato is from Florida and Lazzari from California – both hotbeds of volleyball talent. Casciato finished her career as Army's all-time leader in service aces, with 213.

Conley has led Army to the Patriot League playoffs in all 7 years he has coached; this was the third time he has been named Coach of the Year.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (3-4): Defeated previously unbeaten (5-0) Columbia 67-66 on their court, but playing at a very good Sacred Heart team (they lost to 8th ranked Boston College by 11), we committed 26 fouls to their 10 and lost 76-62. We led in that game until 7 minutes were gone in the 2nd half. VMI here tonight.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (4-3): Lost at Cornell 64-61. We then traveled to Central Connecticut and won on yearling Cara Enright's jumper with 7 seconds left 65-63. Princeton here this evening.

SWIMMING: At Annapolis, the Middies blew us away. Army's men lost 179-64, and our women were routed 188.5 – 111.5.

WRESTLING (2-0-1): Routed Franklin & Marshall 44-0. Plebes Bill Simpson (125 lbs) and Brian Rowan (157) both pinned their opponents. Senior Jon Anderson (165) won by a technical fall (19-3). Senior teams captain Patrick Simpson (149) won a major decision, as did juniors Frank Baughan (133) and Lief Gilsdorf (141). Seniors Luke Calvert (184), Todd Wisman (197), and plebe Michael Spriggs (HWT) all won decisions.

Yesterday, Army defeated East Stroudsburg 27-7, as Patrick Simpson opened the match by pinning his opponent. Simpson has a team-best 10-1 record. The match was held at East Stroudsburg.

HOCKEY (4-9-2): Played Sacred Heart at home Sunday and evened the series by winning 2-1. An important victory; they are one of the top teams in the league. American International here tonight.

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