MEN'S SOCCER (3-8-3): For the second straight year, Army and Navy played to a 0-0 tie. Then we played American U. at home, in a game Coach Swanbeck called our best performance of the season. American (who beat us 6-0 last season) came in with an 11-4 record. They outshot Army 13-8 and had 7 corner kicks to our 0. But, Army won 1-0 with a second half goal. The team seems to be learning Coach Swanbeck's system, having given up only 1 goal in the last 5 games. Army's senior goalie Kevin Larabee had 8 saves against American U. At league-leading Holy Cross Saturday.
HOCKEY (1-0): Opened the season at home with a dramatic come-from-behind win over Seneca 4-3. Plebe goalie Brad Roberts got off to a shaky start, giving up 3 goals in the first two periods with only 7 saves. After two, Army was down 3-1, despite having outshot Seneca 30-10! Then, 17 seconds into the final period yearling Chris Casey scored on a pass from classmate Chad Mayfield. With six minutes to play, Army tied the game when Chris Garceau (another yearling) scored with an assist by Mayfield and senior Nick Serre. The game winner came when Serre scored on a pass from yearling Matt Field with only 24 seconds to play. Roberts shut out Seneca in the final period, and Army outshot Seneca 44-15 for the game. League opponent Holy Cross and eastern power RPI here this weekend.
CROSS-COUNTRY: Navy's men defeated Army at Annapolis 15-46. Navy took the first 5 places; Army's top finisher was yearling David Welch (25:17.82). Navy's winning time was 24:36.11. Grim.
Also at Annapolis, Army's women, paced by plebe Ashley Urick defeated Navy 26-29. Urick's winning time in the 6 kilometer run was 22:40.9. She finished 20 seconds ahead of the next finisher, Navy's Stephanie Patterson.
SPRINT FOOTBALL (3-1): Defeated Pennsylvania 17-16 in a heart-stopper in Philadelphia. Midway in the 3rd quarter, Army led 14-10, after yearling Kevin Thomas's 7 yard TD. Penn immediately drove the length of the field and scored. Their first try for the PAT was muffed. But, Army was called for defensive holding, and Penn had a second shot. Again they muffed the snap, and tried to run for two points, but Army's defense held. Trailing 16-14, Army marched to the Penn 4, and settled for a field goal. Penn, now behind 17-16, with a few minutes to go, faced a 4th and long deep in their own territory. They punted, but Army (ouch!) had 12 men on the field, and Penn kept the ball. As time wound down, Penn advanced to the Army 20. But, on 2nd down, Army senior linebacker Kwame Boateng forced a fumble, and yearling Mike Kelvington recovered to ensure the Army win.
FOOTBALL (0-7): Houston 56, Army 42. The offense continues to improve, but we can't stop anyone on defense. With yearling QB Reggie Nevels out indefinitely (hamstring), plebe Zac Dahman had his best day at QB, completing 17 of 33 (one interception) for over 300 yards. We didn't run well, and although the game was tied 28-28 at the half, we fell behind by 2 TD's in the second half. With a little over 6 minutes to play, Army scored to close the gap to 49-42. But an on-sides kickoff failed, Houston took over on our 42, and scored the clinching TD in 5 plays. Alabama-Birmingham here Saturday. They're an 8 ½ point favorite.
Last Friday's Washington Post ran an interesting article on Navy. In an effort to revitalize their program, Navy will adopt a practice Air Force has used for years: any football player drafted by the pros can be released from active duty after 2 years of service, followed by 5-6 years in the reserve. Also, Navy will schedule more Division 1-AA teams. (You must win 6 Division 1-A games to be eligible for a bowl, but Navy's Coach Johnston believes you must learn to win before you can worry about bowl games.) Navy has cancelled their opener at U. of Washington next year and will play VMI at home instead.
VOLLEYBALL (8-14): Lost to Holy Cross 3-2. All games were close. Playing at home, Army defeated Marist College 3-1. Navy here tomorrow. Army holds a 21-7 lead in the overall series, but lost 3-2 at Annapolis earlier this year.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: At the Patriot League Championships held at Army's Lichtenberg Tennis Center, Army captured two singles and one doubles championships. Army's No. 1 doubles team, senior Annie Collier and plebe Megan Noble won their consolation bracket. Collier has a record 67 doubles wins in her career. Plebes Amanda Paluch and Cristina Lucin won the No. 4 and 5 singles titles, and Lucin and classmate Marisa Limsiaco won at No. 2 doubles.