HOCKEY (19-12-5): Ian Cunningham '81, who played hockey, sent me a report on our two playoff games. On Friday evening, Army defeated Connecticut 3-1. Ian said, "Army fought hard in a scrappy game. Goalie Josh Kassel played a superb game, and although Army was outshot 33-23, Kassel came up with some spectacular saves to keep Army in the game." Tied 1-1 after two periods, Army scored twice in the third period for the win.
On Saturday, we played Air Force for the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Air Force had edged Sacred Heart in overtime 4-3. Air Force started a plebe goalie who had a spectacular night. The first period was scoreless, although Army had the advantage in shots. But Air Force took over with two quick goals in the second period and won handily 6-1. Ian said, "At the conclusion of the game, the players from both sides showed outstanding sportsmanship, shaking hands and standing at attention for both alma maters. Army is going to be a very good team next year, graduating only 3 seniors."
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Coach Gene Ventriglia (who was born there) took the team to Italy during spring break. We won the first of two games played 2-0, and then lost 2-1 to a highly regarded club that included an Italian national player.
ORIENTEERING CLUB: Army won the US Intercollegiate Championship with a first and second place in both varsity and junior varsity team competition. Army took 3 of 4 individual championships, with seniors Andrew Komm (first, men's varsity) and Sarah Klaben (first, women's varsity) and yearling Heidi Miller (first, women's junior varsity).
MEN'S TENNIS (3-8): Lost to Flagler during spring break in Florida 4-3.
WOMEN'S TENNIS (6-9): Swept all 3 doubles matches but won only 2 of 6 singles and lost to Florida Atlantic 4-3.
BASEBALL (6-8): Completed the spring trip to Florida by defeating Northwestern 10-3. Senior Kyle Scogin, Army shortstop and Patriot League Player of the Year in 2005, has been suspended from the team for "administrative" reasons. He is not expected to play for the remainder of the season. Scogin started every game for Army during his first three years.
SOFTBALL (4-15): Completed the spring trip to Florida by losing to Columbia 5-3, but defeated Florida A&M 6-5.
WRESTLING: At the NCAA tournament in Auburn Hills, Michigan, plebe Matthew Kyler (141 lbs) lost his consolation bracket match 4-1 and was eliminated. He finished the season with a 31-12 record. Junior Fernando Martinez lost his first match to the #2 wrestler in the country 5-2, but came back to pin his second opponent in just over 6 minutes. However, he was eliminated in his third bout, losing 8-2. Martinez finished the season 29-12. Junior heavyweight Nate Thobaben was also eliminated, and finished the season with a 22-8 mark.
TRACK: Senior Rudy Mejia won the long jump at Miami's Hurricane Invitational with a leap of 24 feet ¼ inches. At the same meet, plebe Angela Jenkins competed in the 100 meter dash, the long jump, and the triple jump. She placed 7th and 8th respectively in the long jump (18 feet, 7 ¼ inches) and the triple jump (38 feet, 7 ¾ inches).
FOOTBALL: Spring practice is off to a good start with a lot of enthusiasm evident. Both practices this week have been indoors in the new 130 yard Foley Athletic Center, which was a big help since a late spring storm dumped several inches of snow on West Point.
WOMEN'S ARMY RUGBY (WAR) (7-1): Traveled to San Diego during spring break. Defeated Utah Valley State 19-0. Defeated Chico State (ranked #2), 17-5. Faced a tough Texas A&M team coached by Will Riddle, USMA '99, and Army won 15-12. Played Chico State again in the final, and Army used a lot of subs, playing only 2 seniors. Chico State won 27-7.