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RUGBY CLUB: Army's Rugby Club, ranked 3rd in the Nation, will host pools C and D of the Division 1 National Championships this weekend, April 21-23. Army will play Colorado Friday, and then on Saturday we play the winner of the Tennessee-Utah game. These two wins will advance Army to the final four

FOOTBALL: Spring practice ends with the intrasquad game in Michie Stadium Saturday at 2:30 pm. Coaching staff is basically pleased with the team's progress.

BASEBALL (20-16-1): Beginning to live up to pre-season promise. And just in time – four games at Navy this weekend. Army swept the four game series at Holy Cross, winning 2-1 and 5-1 on Saturday and 8-1 and 8-7 on Sunday. Yesterday evening, six pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as we beat Marist 6-1. They made 5 errors. Junior Milan Dinga extended his Army record hitting streak to 24 games with two hits against Marist.

LACROSSE (6-5): Navy 11, Army 10. Navy had two crucial advantages in this game: a super face-off man, and an outstanding goalie. Playing before a crowd of over 7,000 in Michie Stadium, Army did not control a single face-off in the first half (we were awarded the ball twice on penalties). The Mids jumped off to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, and we trailed 5-2 at the half. We scored 6 times in the 3rd quarter, and we trailed 5-2 at the half. We scored 6 times in the 3rd quarter, and then tied the game early in the final quarter, at 9-9. Navy got the next two face-offs and scored to lead 11-9, but yearling Matt Scheel's 4th goal of the game with 4 minutes to play closed the gap to 11-10. Army had two point-blank shots go wide in the final 30 seconds. Navy came into the game ranked 5th (Army is 16th), and Army's 10 goals are the most scored on the Middies this year. Small consolation, but the Cadets fought a strong uphill battle, and never quit.

SOFTBALL (11-28): Split 4 games at Bucknell. Lost Saturday's doubleheader 8-7 and 3-2, but won both games on Sunday 9-6 and 11-4. Yesterday we played two at Albany. We lost both games 6-0 and 2-0. The first game was a no-hitter, and we got only 1 hit in the second game. Albany is 27-7 on the season. Two games at Binghamton today, and four games here with Lafayette this weekend.

MEN'S TENNIS (9-14): Defeated Lafayette 5-2.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (13-12): Lost a non-league match to U. of Maryland, Baltimore County 4-3. We took two of the singles matches to 3 sets, but couldn't get the winning point. Army, regular season Patriot League winner, hosts the league tournament this weekend. We play Colgate while Bucknell plays Lehigh Saturday.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE CLUB (9-0): Last week I casually mentioned that this team is a relatively new club. I confused it with Women's Rugby. (Old age is hell!) Bill Knowlton '70 politely informed me that the Lacrosse Club was formed in 1979 by Bill Ritch '65 (a 3-year lacrosse letterman). Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Army stayed unbeaten with a 16-9 rout of Princeton. League championship tournament at Syracuse this weekend.

SAILING CLUB: Competing at Annapolis, placed 3rd of 9 teams, and defeated Navy?

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL CLUB: Finished 2nd in Division 1-AA at the nationals. Match record was 8-2. Lost to U. of Missouri in the finals 25-23 and 25-22.

MARATHON CLUB: Competing in the Boston Marathon, 7 of 9 men broke the 3 hour barrier, and 3 of 4 women broke the 3 hour 40 minute barrier. First male finisher was junior Brian Corbin (2:44), and our first woman finisher was classmate Erin Jensen (3:35).

ORIENTEERING CLUB: At the US Intercollegiate championships, Army took 4th thru 10th place in Men's varsity and 3rd through 5th place in women's varsity. In the JV competition, Army took first place in the women's event and 1st through 8th place in the men's JV.

FENCING CLUB: Competing at the US Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs' National Championships, Army's men defended our national title by taking first in foil, second in saber and fourth in epee. The Army women placed 2nd overall, with the foil team winning the national title. Together, Army fencers won 5 trophies and 12 medals. Junior Emily Hannenberg won the national championship in foil for the second year in a row.


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