Herbert on Sports Update

Here's a look at this week's happenings in Army sports. The report is courtesy of the Association of Graduates.

FOOTBALL:  Spring practice ended last Saturday with the annual intra-squad game.  Coach Brock's format was offense against defense, with the defense scoring points based on turnovers, three-and-out, taking over on downs, etc.  The defense won handily for a crowd of 2,500 plus.  Bearing in mind that you can't really tell much when you play yourself, still, the defense was impressive.  Defensive backs, linebackers, and the front four – senior DT Tony Fusco (303), senior DE Brandon Thompson (261), yearling DE Victor Ugenyi (262), and yearling DT Ted Bentler (260) allowed the offense only one TD in 20 possessions (when I say "senior" or "yearling," I am naming the class to which they will belong in the fall.).  Bentler, a transfer from Iowa (where he played in 9 games and lettered two years ago) won the spring "sledgehammer" award.  Coach Brock said he won't choose a starting QB until a week before the opening game (at Akron, Sep 1).  Right now, senior David Pevoto and yearling Carson Williams are neck-and-neck.  There were no injuries in the spring game, and the few players that sat out spring practice are expected to be ready for the fall.  Team captains for next season are WR Jeremy Trimble and FB Mike Viti on offense, and DT Tony Fusco and DB Caleb Campbell on defense.

RUGBY:  The round of 16 will be played this weekend at Penn State.  This evening Army plays St. Mary's and Navy plays Clemson.  The two winners play Saturday for a spot in the final four.  There are 22 first classmen on the Army team, including 13 starters.  Five of them: Andrew Locke, Chris Wallgren, Fred Waage, Sam Ketcham, and Brendan McCarthy, have been named All-Americans.  All five received branch assignments to the infantry.

GYMNASTICS:  Although no Army gymnast qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships, the performance of senior George Rhynedance is worth mentioning.  On his third release from the high bar, Rhynedance missed the bar, his face hit the bar and the collision knocked out a tooth.  George got up, spit out the tooth, and nailed his final routine.  Coach Van Everen said, "The crowd went wild!  Several people came up to me and said ‘This is the kind of young man we want defending our country!'"

BASEBALL (13-17-1):  Lost to Manhattan, 9-4.  One of two doubleheaders with Holy Cross was rained/snowed out, but we swept the other one.  Army won the first game as senior Nick Hill tossed a 3-hitter, 3-0.  In the second game, Army trailed 6-2 in the 4th inning and 8-5 going into the bottom of the ninth.  But Army junior catcher Chris Simmons hit a 2-run triple as Army tied the score with a 3 run rally.  Then, in the bottom of the 10th, Simmons delivered an RBI single with two outs to win the game, 9-8.  This week, Army lost to Marist College, 6-5 in 13 innings.  Two doubleheaders this weekend here against Navy.

SOFTBALL (11-30):  Not good.  Lost a doubleheader at home to St. John's, 3-1 and 14-10.  Back in league play and still at home, lost 4 games to Colgate, 5-2, 5-4, 2-0, and 9-1.  Bucknell here for 4 games this weekend.

WOMEN'S RUGBY (9-1):  Defeated UMass 42-0 and Dartmouth, 39-5.  Sweet Sixteen playoffs this weekend at Penn State.

MEN'S TRACK:  Defeated navy at Annapolis , 103-100.  The win gave Army a 41-40 lead in the overall series.  Details later when there is less news to cover.

WOMEN'S TRACK:  Lost to Navy, 107-96.  Details later.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (13-10):  Completed the Patriot League season 5-0 by defeating Bucknell, 5-2, and Lehigh, 7-0.

MEN'S TENNIS (9-10):  Lost to Navy at home, 4-3.  We let this one get away.  We split the 6 single matches, 3-3.  With the first two double matches tied at 1-1, our #1 and #2 players, who defeated their Navy counterparts in singles competition, faced the same two Middies in the final doubles match.  We had Navy at match point, but they broke our serve twice and won the match, 9-7.  We are seeded 2nd in the Patriot League playoffs this weekend at Annapolis, playing Holy Cross in the opening match.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE (5-1):  Playing at the U. of Rhode Island, Army routed Binghamton, 15-6.  Trailed Northeastern 5-3 at the half, but rallied to win 7-6.  Yearling center Rachel Neaschem scored 5 goals, including the ones that tied and won the game.  Finished the weekend by beating Syracuse in a pouring rain, 10-3.


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