Hebert on Sports Update

The Association of Graduates gives us an update on Army sports this week. Baseball has battled back from a losing record to a possible No. 2 seed in the Patriot Tournament. Lacrosse's record fell to 6-8 after a lopsided loss to Navy.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (15-10):  Won the Patriot League championship for the 7th time in 9 years by defeating Lehigh, 4-0 and Bucknell, 4-0.  Yearling Niki Flach, playing at #1 singles, defeated her Bucknell opponent who had won their regular season match-up, and combined with classmate Brooke Jones to win at # 1 doubles.  The two Army players were named co-MVP's of the tournament.

The victory gives Army an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.  Our first match will be against #14 seed Fresno State at Fresno State on Saturday, May 12th.  The other two teams in the bracket are Long Beach State and Pepperdine.

LACROSSE (6-8):  Played Navy at Annapolis for the second time this season and got blown away, 12-1.  Although Army won the majority of the face-offs, we couldn't penetrate the Middies' defense.  Navy is ranked #10.  Yesterday evening, we lost to Rutgers , 10-9.  We tied the game in the last minute, but Rutgers won the ensuing face-off and scored the game winning goal with 3 seconds on the clock.

BASEBALL (20-20-1): Swept four games at Lehigh last weekend to clinch a place in the Patriot League tournament.  The tournament will be played at #1 seed Lafayette , and if Army defeats Holy Cross in one of 2 games this weekend, we will be seeded 2nd and Navy 3rd.  At Lehigh, Army won Saturday's games 2-1 and 9-5.  Senior Nick Hill got the win in the first game, and Milan Dinga the save.  On Sunday, Army won 2-1 and 7-3.  Yesterday, Army lost to Marist, 7-6.

GOLF:  Finished 3rd in the Patriot League tournament.  Bucknell won with a score of 883, Navy was second with 886, and Army carded 888 for 3rd.  Junior Matthew Hanlon scored a final round 75 and was named All-Patriot League.

SOFTBALL (15-34):  Took 3 out of 4 at Lafayette , winning 8-6, 6-5, and 4-2, and losing 3-2.  Still alive for a Patriot League tournament slot.

MARATHON CLUB:  Competing in the Boston Marathon, Army finished ahead of both Navy and Air Force.  All Army men that finished were under 3 hours, with senior Brandon Corbin's 2:38.13 the best time.  Senior Erin Jensen was our top woman finisher with a time of 3:30.14.

WOMEN'S ARMY RUGBY:  Competing in the "sweet sixteen", Army advanced to the final 8 by defeating Chico State , 20-10, but lost in the next round to Penn State , 17-12.

TEAM HANDBALL:  In 1985, Army's Men's Team Handball not only won the National Collegiate Championship, but also took the silver medal in the National Open Division.  Brilliantly coached by Jim Johnston '73, Army combined a relentless zone defense with a full court press style of man-to-man.  Rick Oleksyk '85 was team captain, with classmates Rod Apfelbeck, John Dundas, Eric Rodney, Kevin Spala and John Jakub among the other 19 team members.

FOOTBALL:  Army senior defensive end Cameron Craig (6'4", 251), a four year letterman, signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

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