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MEN'S BASKETBALL (15-15): Lost the last regular season game at home to Bucknell 54-49. Close all the way and Army played hard, but lost in the final minute. As a result, we were seded 6th (of 8 teams) in the Patriot League playoffs and last night we played at #3 Lehigh. The Cadets played tenacious defense, and held Lehigh to 29% shooting.

We weren't much better, shooting 34%.  With 4 seconds to play, Lehigh made two free throws to take a 46-45 lead.  But plebe Josh Miller took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the court for the layup that won the game for Army at the buzzer 47-46.  First league playoff win since 1996.  We now play #2 Bucknell (who routed Navy) Sunday on their court.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (24-5):  Defeated Bucknell in our final regular season game 61-57.  Although Army has a better overall record, Bucknell won the league title with a 12-2 mark to our 11-3.  In beating Bucknell, Junior Cara Enright led Army with 19 points.  Enright was named to the All-Patriot League First Team, and yearling Alex McGuire made the second team.  Army will begin the Patriot League playoffs at Annapolis on Saturday.  Army's first game will be against Lehigh at 4 pm.  If we win, we will play in the semi-final game Sunday.

LACROSSE (3-0):  The second week of collegiate lacrosse play was wild.  Drexel knocked off #1 Virginia by a goal, and Albany defeated Johns Hopkins by a similar margin.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Army traveled to Syracuse to play #2 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, where we had never won.  Syracuse scored first but Army led 3-2 after one quarter.  Syracuse took a 4-3 halftime lead, but Army's defense shut down the Orangemen for the first 25 minutes of the second half while we scored 3 goals for a 6-4 lead with 5 minutes to play.  Then, within 40 seconds, Syracuse scored twice to tie the score 6-6.  I thought, too bad, here we go!  Wrong again.  Senior Ryan Chase came from behind the net to beat the Syracuse goalie with 3 minutes left, and less than a minute later yearling Sean Reppard passed to senior Hunter Wakeland who scored to give Army an 8-6 win.  Unranked before the game, Army is now 13th.  Navy (2-0) is 12th.  On Tuesday, junior Justin Bokmeyer scored 4 goals as Army won at Holy Cross 9-5.  Junior goalie Adam Fullerton, who had a great game against Syracuse with 16 saves, made 18 saves in the Holy Cross game.

MEN'S TENNIS (2-5):  Beat Binghamton 4-3, but lost to Cornell 7-0 and to St. John's 4-3.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (4-7):  Tough loss to Temple 4-3 and Cornell 5-2.  Defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 6-1.

BASEBALL (2-4):  Lost two of 3 at Wofford.  After losing 6-3, we split a doubleheader, losing 5-2 but salvaged the second game 4-3.  Junior Cole White went 3 for 3 and pitched 3 shutout innings of relief as Army came from behind 3-0 for the win.  Army will be at UNC Greensboro for 3 games this weekend.

TEAM HANDBALL CLUB:  Finished the regular season 8-8.  This gave Army 3rd place in the league, which features the top teams in the Northeast and Canada.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:  Will have a feature article on Army women's basketball coach Dave Magarity in their March 5th issue.

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