Herbert on Sports Update

The Army women's basketball team was named the 2007 recipient of the 7th annual V Foundation Comeback Award, named in honor of late basketball coach, Jim Valvano. The award is open to men and women basketball players of all NCAA divisions. The award will be presented to Coach Dave Magarity and the Army team on 25 April at the annual Spirit of Jimmy V New York Gala.

LACROSSE (6-2):  I'm still surprised at the low scores of lacrosse games this spring.  In 8 games, we haven't scored more than 9 goals nor given up more than 7 – and that only once.  Last Saturday we played two different games against visiting Air Force.  We didn't score until midway in the 2nd quarter, trailed 3-1 at the half, and it could have been worse.  In the second half, our defense completely shut down the Zoomies while we scored 6 goals and won 7-3.  Air Force, in 14 lacrosse games against Army beginning in 1974, has a perfect record 0-14.  The Army football team finished practice and came to the lacrosse game as a group.  They amused the crowd with loud cheers and jeers at the Zoomies.  Tuesday evening we lost to Hofstra 5-3.  Great defense, but couldn't get the ball in the net.  They took an early two goal lead, we tied the game at 3-3 in the third quarter, but that was the high point.  Both teams took 32 shots and we had the advantage in ground balls 32-19.  At a good Colgate team Saturday.

SOFTBALL (6-21):  Not pretty.  Split two with Marist, losing 4-2 in 8 innings, then winning 5-3.  Split another double-header with Hartford, winning 1-0, losing 4-1.  Lost a pair at St. Peter's 11-1 and 2-0.  Lost two more at Stony Brook, 12-0 and 8-0.  At Lehigh for two league double-headers this weekend.  They are the best team in the Patriot League.

BASEBALL (8-9-1):  Played three games at home against Cornell last weekend.  Split a Saturday double-header, losing 2-0 and winning 3-2.  On Sunday we won 16-5.  On Tuesday we played Quinnipiac to a 5-5 tie in 11 innings.  Trailing 5-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, senior Milan Dinga hit a two run homer to tie the game.  He also pitched 3 innings of shutout relief.  We begin league play with two doubleheaders at Lafayette this weekend.  They are favored to win the Patriot League.

RUGBY:  Whacked Harvard 30-5.

MEN'S TENNIS (6-9):  Defeated Stony Brook 4-3.  Routed Holy Cross and Lafayette, both by scores of 7-0.  Lost to Pennsylvania 7-0.  At league opponents Lehigh and Bucknell this weekend.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (8-10):  Defeated league opponents Holy Cross and Lafayette, both by 7-0 scores.  Lost to visiting Missouri 6-1.  Colgate and Long Island U. at home this weekend.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:  The Army women's basketball team was named the 2007 recipient of the 7th annual V Foundation Comeback Award, named in honor of late basketball coach, Jim Valvano.  The award is open to men and women basketball players of all NCAA divisions.  The award will be presented to Coach Dave Magarity and the Army team on 25 April at the annual Spirit of Jimmy V New York Gala.

BOXING TEAM:  Hosted the Eastern Collegiate Boxing Association Regional Championships last weekend.  Twelve Army boxers participated, one at each weight class.  Army led all teams with 7 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals.  A total of nine colleges sent boxers to the meet.  Army qualified 9 boxers for the National Championships on 12-14 April in Reno, Nevada.

GOLF:  Yearling Sam Walenz shot a par 71 on the second day of the William & Mary two-day invitational tournament to vault from 47th place (he scored 76 the first day) to 14th.  As a team, Army finished 14th in the 21 team field.


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