Herbert on Sports Update

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (20-10): Army advanced to the Patriot League finals on Saturday by routing Colgate 73-55. Yearling Cara Enright finished with 27 points and classmate Stephanie Stone scored 18. On Wednesday, Army hosted No. 2 seed Holy Cross in the championship game.

After leading by one, 31-30 at the half, Army went cold and trailed by 10 with 8 minutes to play.  But, playing the tough inside game that has been their trademark all season, Army fought back to tie the score at 68-68.  With 9 seconds left, Stone stole the ball, and was fouled as she tried a lay-up.  She missed the first, but made the second free throw for a 69-68 lead.  And Holy Cross missed a lay-up in the final second.  Plebe Alex McGuire was high scorer for Army with 18.

You should have been there!  A rowdy crowd of 2,000 cadets definitely rattled the Holy Cross team, and when they mobbed our team after the game, I was sure someone would get hurt.  Stephanie Stone said, "Thank goodness some football players picked us up because I couldn't breathe!"  And, as the game ended, the Army Band played "Will you be my girl?" and everybody sang along.

This will be Army's first trip ever to the NCAA tournament.  If you want to find out who we will be playing, tune in to ESPN at 7:00 pm (Eastern) on Monday, 13 March for the selection show.

LACROSSE (1-2):  Upset at Lehigh 8-7, but came home to beat Stony Brook 11-9.  At 5th ranked Cornell this weekend.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (5-22):  Lost the final regular season game at Bucknell 70-47.  In the first round tournament game, we played Bucknell (23-4) again and lost 59-47.  Army has not had a winning season since 1984-85.

GYMNASTICS (7-3):  In a triangular meet, Army lost to Temple 203.00 – 198.6, but we defeated James Madison, who scored 172.05.  At home, Army defeated Springfield 204.10 – 194.35.

MORE OLYMPICS:  Captain Lorenzo Smith '00, helped USA to a 6th place finish on the four-man bobsled at Turin, Italy.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE CLUB (1-0):  Opened the season at Hofstra.  Army broke the game open with six unanswered late goals, and won 15-9.

MEN'S TENNIS (5-8):  Lost to St. Joseph's 4-3, defeated Colgate 7-0, and lost to St. John's 5-2.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (5-8):  Lost to Columbia 7-0.

 BASEBALL (2-7):  Beginning to get the kink out.  Took two out of three from Maryland Baltimore County 10-4, 2-5, 3-2 on their field. 

RIFLE:  Army finished second to defending champion Nebraska at the Great American Rifle Conference.  Nebraska scored 4676 to Army's 4665.  Yearling Chris Abalo was named GARC  Shooter of the Year." 

FENCING:  Junior Emily Hannenberg won the national championship in foil fencing at the National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association Championships.  In the 78 years of the competition, Emily is the only Army fencer to win a title – and she won it last year, too!  To win, she topped a field of 47 competitors from 17 different schools.

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