Herbert on Sports Update

Good week for Army Rugby. Army women's hoops stunned in Patriot Tourney. Army men's hoops just misses winning season but optimism for next season is high. Army baseball battling cold temperatures.

WOMEN'S ARMY RUGBY (WAR!) (4-0):  Last year in the Virginia Invitational Tournament, we lost to Virginia in the semi-final game.  This year was different.  Army defeated Princeton 54-0, defeated James Madison 39-0, defeated West Chester 40-0, and played Virginia for the championship.  We were tied 0-0 at the half, but Army's conditioning paid off and we won 17-0.  The Virginia coach said, "Army was a delight to play!  They have great team speed, and it was a clean gorgeous match to watch!  The Army gals were gracious winners…"

LACROSSE (4-0):  Defeated Lafayette at home 9-2.  Army substituted freely in the second half after blowing the game open in the third quarter.  Cornell here Saturday – they are ranked above Army.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (24-6):  In the first round of the Patriot League Tournament, there were 3 upsets, and one of them was #7 seed Lehigh beating #2 Army 57-53.  It was that kind of an afternoon.  Army's All Patriot-League player, Cara Enright, scored only 4 points on 1 for 11 shooting.  And #1 seed Bucknell lost to #8 Colgate!  Worse, Holy Cross was the eventual champion – we beat them twice during the season, at home by 30 points.  There is an outside chance we may be picked for an at-large bid to the N.I.T. or NCAA tournament.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (15-16):  Season over.  Lost to Bucknell on their court 68-47 in the league semi-final game.  The best record in over 20 years – yes, I know – still a losing campaign.  Nevertheless, we do have a solid group of plebes and yearlings who can play at this level, and a good recruiting class coming in.

BASEBALL (3-6):  Again, spent the weekend down south where it's warmer.  Temperature here this past week has not permitted outdoor practice.  Lost two out of three to UNC Greensboro:  1-2, 5-13, and won 9-1.

SOFTBALL (1-8):  At the George Washington Classic, it was close, but we lost three tough games.  George Washington beat Army 5-4, Longwood won 3-2, and Canisius defeated us 5-4.

MEN'S TENNIS (3-6):  Lost at Dartmouth 6-1, but opened Patriot League play with a   5-2 win over Colgate.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (6-8):  A strong win over Columbia 4-3, but then lost to Massachusetts 4-3.  Routed Hofstra 7-0.

WATER POLO CLUB:  At our own invitational tournament, Army defeated Boston U.  9-5 and Coast Guard 13-3.  In the final game against Yale, Army's yearling goalie Kyle Davis tied the game in the last second with a half-tank shot, but Yale won in two overtimes 10-9.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE (1-0):  Opened the season at Hofstra, and won 21-5.

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