Herbert on Sports

While Army football suffered a devastating loss to Air Force, other Cadet sports had more success this week. Herbert gives us a look at all the Army sports this week.

HOCKEY (7-2-1):  Playing Friday evening on American International's ice, Army trailed 1-0 after two periods.  But junior Luke Flicek scored to tie the game in the 3rd period, and senior Casey Bickley rammed home the game winner with 50 seconds left.  Final, 2-1 Army.  We played AIC again at home Saturday evening and won again 4-2.  Yearling Tim Manthey led Army with a goal and an assist.  We lead the Atlantic Hockey League with a 5-0-1 record.  Army plays two games at league opponent Bentley this weekend.

BOXING CLUB:  In the annual matchup with Air Force in the Arvin Gym Friday, Army won 9-3.  All but one of our 12 boxers was a yearling or junior.  Reggie Smith, 185 lb national champion, our only senior boxer, won a solid decision over a very game AF boxer.  On Saturday, we sent 8 boxers to an invitational meet at Albany , NY – only one of whom had boxed against Air Force.  Opponents at Albany included Native American club boxers and Golden Glove contenders.  Army's record in the meet was 5-3, including a knockout by yearling Jody Chapman (HWT).

SWIMMING/DIVING (2-0, 0-2):  Army's men defeated Lafayette 159-120, winning 10 of 11 events.  Our women lost to Lafayette 162-123, although plebe diver Lindsay Adao won both boards.

VOLLEYBALL (19-7):  Plebe setter Maureen Bannon registered 29 assists and made 3 service aces in Army's 3-0 win at Holy Cross.  The victory assured Army of a place in the Patriot League tournament (top 4 teams qualify).  Army will finish the regular season with matches at Lehigh and Lafayette this weekend.

RIFLE:  Army defeated our President's Trophy Match title by scoring 5815 to Navy's 5762 and Coast Guard Academy's 5519.  Junior Chris Abalo was the medalist in both smallbore and combined scoring.  Senior team captain John Fiddes was runner-up and junior Brian Kern was 3rd as Army swept the top three slots.  Army took 8 of the top 10 individual spots.

RUGBY (8-0): Defeated Norwich 78-12 on our pitch.  We play Merchant Marine Academy this weekend.  Dartmouth 's "A" and "B" Sides came to West Point last Sunday to face our "C" and "D" Sides.  Dartmouth won against our "C" Side 44-26, but our "D" Side routed Dartmouth "B" 55-5

SPRINT FOOTBALL (3-3):  Lost to Navy for the second time this season 17-6, at Annapolis .  Army's TD came on a 49 yard pass play midway through the 4th quarter.  Overall, we completed only 4 of 19 passes.

FOOTBALL (3-7):  Air Force 43, Army 7.  In 1973, at the end of Army's 0-10 season, Navy scored 31 points in the second quarter on their way to a 51-0 victory.  Friday evening, Air Force broke that record, scoring 36 points in the second quarter, the most points scored in one quarter against Army in the 117 years we have played football.

You probably saw the game, or part of it.  The game began well, as Air Force went 3 and out on their first possession, and shanked a punt out on their own 47.  We promptly drove to their 1 yard line, but when we fumbled on 2nd and goal, AF returned the ball 99 yards for a TD.

We suffered 3 interceptions and lost another fumble in the 2nd quarter, and the game was essentially over.  Air Force cleared their bench in the second half, but we were only able to score when Dave Pevoto, who replaced plebe QB Carson Williams, threw a 16 yard TD pass to Corey Anderson late in the game.

We have this week off before traveling to Notre Dame on November 18th.

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