HERBERT ON SPORTS 17 October

<b>VOLLEYBALL (7-13)</b>: Not a good season for this Army team that usually posts a winning record. Yesterday, we came from being down 2 games to 1 to defeat Long Island U., winning the last two games 33-31 and 15-12. In the final game, Army twice was behind by 5 points, but rallied to win. Army stars were yearling Caitlin Machon with 24 kills and 4 service aces, and plebe Abby Casciato with 55 assists.

 HOCKEY (0-0):  Opens the season Friday at home against Seneca College.  Army yearling goalie has been benched for the year for disciplinary reasons, and plebe Brad Roberts (who was recruited by Cornell, AF, Maine and Colgate) will start ahead of two juniors.  The first line consists of 3 yearlings.  The 27-man roster consists of 3 seniors, 7 juniors, 7 yearlings, and 10 plebes.  A young team.  This will be Army's 100th season of hockey.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (10-1-2):  Plebe Leigh Kosco headed in the only goal of the game as Army defeated Bucknell 1-0.  Plebe goalie Morgan Bennett is ranked 3rd in the nation.  At Colgate Saturday evening.  Midweek game with Cornell was postponed due to inclement weather.

 RUGBY CLUB:  "C" Side defeated Sacred Heart and ended their fall season unbeaten.  "B" Side routed Northeastern 91-0, and the "A" Side defeated Northeastern 38-0.

MEN'S SOCCER (2-8-2):  Game with Lafayette was rained out Wednesday.  Navy here tomorrow.

SPRINT FOOTBALL (2-1):  Failed to report last week's game against Navy in Princeton, NJ.  Called the "Pride Bowl," it is played for charity, and this year drew over 4,000 spectators.  Navy won 22-9.  How did this happen?  Navy blocked an Army punt and recovered it in the end zone for a TD.  Navy intercepted a pass and ran it in for another TD.  Navy recovered an Army fumble on our 7, and scored.

This past Friday, playing in a steady rain, Army defeated Princeton 29-0.  Plebe QB Patrick Hall and junior fullback Fabio Castro each ran for more than 100 yards.  Army led by only 3-0 at the half on a 40-yard field goal, and the game was marred by 9 turnovers – 4 by Army.

ROWING CLUB: At the Navy Day Regatta in Philadelphia, both the Varsity and Novice women's teams defeated Navy.  The Varsity men also won their event.

WOMEN'S CROSS-COUNTRY:  Participating in the Pre-Nationals at Indiana State, Army finished 8th of 20 teams competing.  The competition included many of the country's best:  Arkansas, Villanova, Michigan, Colorado State.  Plebe Ashley Urick was Army's top finisher, coming in 13th of 174 runners in the 6000-meter event.

FOOTBALL (0-6):  TCU 46, Army 27.  Of 117 teams in Division 1-A, Army is ranked 117th.  Yearling Reggie Nevels returned at QB (he was injured early in the Holy Cross game), and played until midway in the 4th quarter.  With Nevels at QB, Army's offense was noticeably better, as we scored a season high 27 points on 4 TD's.

The problem continues to be defense and mistakes.  TCU scored on 5 TD's, 3 field goals, and a safety.  Their touchdowns came on a 61-yard drive following the opening kickoff; a 46-yard pass following a partial block of an Army punt; starting on Army's 41, a 31-yard run around end set up the TD; poor snap causes Army punter to try to run out of our own end zone – tackles on 5 leads to TCU score; and, TCU scores on 62-yard run through left side of Army line.

Nevels was harried all day, but completed 8 of 17 with 2 interceptions.  Plebe Dahman was 2 for 7.  Army passed for 146 yards, TCU for 147 on 12 of 15.  TCU rushed for 265 yards to Army's 101, with 19 first downs to our 10.

Army's TD's came on a 20-yard run by plebe Carlton Jones; a short run by Nevels; a 42-yard run by Nevels to the TCU 2, setting up junior Marcellus Chapman's score; and a 27-yard pass from Nevels to co-captain Aris Comeaux.

 The key to the game was TCU's ability to dominate the Army line, both on defense and offense.  TCU had two TD's called back by penalties (settling for field goals), and lost 2 of 7 fumbles.  Nevels' play kept Army in the game until the 4th quarter:  in the 3rd period we closed the gap to 23-20 and later to 32-27.  The game ended with Army on the TCU 18, but four Dahman passes fell incomplete in the EZ.

 At Houston Saturday.

-----------------------------------------------
Army's offensive line coach, Harold Etheridge, provides insight into the Army Team through his book "Coaching the Frontliners" available through http://www.aogusma.org/coaching

To receive newsletters weekly, send a message to Join-Herbert-on-sports@mail.aogusma.org. Visit the AOG Web Site at http://www.aogusma.org to read past issues on-line.

InsideArmySports.com Top Stories