Herbert on Sports Update

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (20-4): Believing that the team was tired and pressing too hard, Coach Magarity cancelled a couple of days practice, and it paid off. Against Colgate at home, Army scored the game's first 15 points and coasted to a 65-48 win. Yearling Alex McGuire led Army with 18 points.

On Saturday, Army shot 61% from the field against Holy Cross (a new Christl Arena record) and swamped the crusaders 77-43. Junior Cara Enright scored 18 points and Alex McGuire added 11. At Lehigh Saturday.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (13-11): Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn against Colgate (8-15), and lost 42-38. Army made only 6 of 15 foul shots and we shot 27.5% from the field – including several missed lay-ups. Rebounded Saturday and played Patriot League-leading Holy Cross to a standstill for 40 minutes, and forced overtime with a basket at the buzzer that tied the score at 52-52. But Holy Cross outscored Army 18-2 in the 5 minute overtime and won 70-54. At Lehigh Saturday.

WRESTLING (10-4): Upset #25 Columbia 21-13 as Junior Nathan Thobaben (Hwt) opened the meet by pinning his opponent in 1:27. At the Air Force Academy, Army finished second to Navy in the All-Academy Championships. Army won the championship in 4 weight classes. Scores: Navy 124.5, Army 96.5, VMI 72, The Citadel 72, Air Force 33.5, Merchant Marine Academy 22.5, Norwich 19.5, and Coast Guard Academy 7.5.

INDOOR TRACK/FIELD: At West Point, Army's men made it close, but lost 2 of the final 3 events and were beaten by Navy 95-86. Our women were no competition for the Mids, and lost 107-73.

MEN'S TENNIS (1-1): Defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 6-1, but lost to Columbia 6-1.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (0-3): Defeated by Boston College 6-1, lost to Seton Hall 5-2, lost to Binghamton 5-2.

MEN'S SWIMMING (11-2): Ended the dual meet season by beating George Washington U. 166-86.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING (5-8): Ended the dual meet season by defeating George Washington U. 156-104.

FOOTBALL: Army Head Coach Stan Brock made his first staff change, firing offensive coordinator Kevin Ross. No replacement announced. Of 119 teams in Division 1-A, Army ranked 112th in total offense in 2006.

HOCKEY (14-10-5): On "Jack Riley Night" at Tate Rink, Army came from behind to tie Holy Cross 3-3. Coach Brian Riley pulled the Army goalie with one and a half minutes to play, and plebe Owen Meyer responded by scoring with 37 seconds left in the game. The tie gave Army sole possession of 2nd place in league standings on a night when Army hoisted a banner in Tate Rink honoring Jack Riley. Riley is the 2nd winningest coach in NCAA history (542 wins), and also coached the 1960 USA hockey team that won the gold medal. Bentley here for two games this weekend.

GYMNASTICS (2-1): Defeated Air Force 198.05 – 185.80. Navy here Saturday.

BOXING CLUB: Participated in the Shippensburg Invitational. Our 8 boxers (including 3 plebes) were 4-4. Five plebes boxed at the Mansfield Invitational, and won 4 of 5 decisions. At the Washington, DC Athletic Club Invitational, 3 Army boxers competed in a card that included 14 All-Americans of the 20 fighters participating. Junior Dan Hogan (125 lbs) and senior Steve Solaja (195) both won decisions, but senior Greg Maduro (Hwt) lost a close decision to the defending national champion. All 3 opponents were AFA cadets.

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