Herbert on Sports Update

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (17-9): Last Saturday we played Bucknell here – the two teams were tied for 1st place in the Patriot League. Down 65-62 with 41 seconds left, yearling Stefanie Stone sank two foul shots to pull us within one 65-64. Bucknell countered by driving for a lay-up with 16 seconds left, but plebe Megan Evans blocked it; Army got the rebound and called time out with 13 seconds left.

On the inbound pass, plebe Alex McGuire drove in for a lay-up but was fouled before getting the shot off. With 4 seconds remaining, McGuire sank both ends of the 1 and 1, and Army won (whew!) 66-65.

Yesterday, playing at Lafayette, Army won 71-52 and clinched our first-ever Patriot League regular season title. We will be the host team for the league tournament, beginning 2 March. Our first opponent will be the 8th ranked team. At Lafayette, Army got off to a 15-0 start, and won handily. Army plays at Bucknell Saturday in the final regular season game.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (5-5): Playing at Air Force, Army defeated Texas State 5-2. Senior captain Amanda Paluch's win at No. 6 singles clinched the victory for Army.

The Air Force match was, literally, an amazing performance by Army. We lost the doubles point (AF won 2 of 3 matches), and after the first 3 singles matches we trailed 3-1. Our only winner at singles had been plebe Kristin Flach at #2, who lost the first set 6-2, but came back to win the next two. Then, at #4 singles, plebe Jessica Shurtz won in straight sets. Down 3-2, yearling Diana Alquero also won in straight sets. With the score tied 3-3, that left it up to Amanda Paluch at #6 singles. Amanda dropped the first set 6-3, but came back to win the second set 6-1. In the third set, Amanda trailed her opponent 6-5, with the AF player serving at 30-love. But Paluch fought back to force a tie-breaker, and then won 7-6, giving Army a 4-3 win. At Syracuse Friday.

BASEBALL (0-3): Lost two to Kentucky 9-0, and 9-2. Lost to Texas San Antonio 5-4. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Texas scored on a bases loaded walk. At Davidson and Appalachian State this weekend.

SOFTBALL (1-5): Playing in North Carolina, softball, like baseball faced teams that have been outdoors and playing for weeks. We lost to East Carolina 7-0, Michigan State 3-0, defeated Elon 6-1, lost to Seton Hall 5-1, lost to Ohio U. 7-2, and lost to Elon 10-3. (Okay, so Seton Hall hasn't been outdoors for weeks.) At the GWU Classic in Washington, DC this weekend.

HOCKEY (10-15-7): Dropped to fifth place in the league after losing to Connecticut 5-4, and then coming from behind to tie them 3-3.

RIFLE (9-2): Defeated Navy, snapping a 12 match losing streak to the Mids 5844-5803. Yearling Chris Abalo was high scorer in both air rifle and small bore. His 594 in the air rifle tied the Academy record.

WRESTLING (8-4-2): Lost to Navy at Annapolis 24-9. Senior captain Patrick Simpson (149), plebe William Simpson (125) and senior Jon Anderson (165) were Army's only winners. This was the 50th dual meet between Army and the Middies, and Navy now leads the series with 40 wins, 5 losses, and 5 ties.

GYMNASTICS (5-2): At the All-Academy Championships held at Laguna Beach, California, Army defeated Navy by .05, 200.75 - 200.70, for our 6th straight title. Air Force finished at 179.475.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL CLUB: Playing at Yale, Army defeated Yale, Roger Williams, Dartmouth, and Tufts, all by scores of 2-0. In the championship match, we lost to Boston U. 2-1.


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