Herbert on Sports Update

HOCKEY (10-12): Came back from the great Air Force weekend and we were a little flat at home against a good Connecticut team. Trailing 5-2, we scored twice in 25 seconds in the 3rd period to close within one, but eventually lost 6-4. Another tough opponent here tomorrow: league game against Holy Cross. Then we play at Holy Cross Saturday.

WRESTLING (8-4): Before a big crowd in Crystal Arena (Holleder Center) Army upset Harvard 19-15. We lost the first bout and trailed 5-0, but wins by senior Jeremy Conner (157 lbs) and junior Ron Schroeder (165) gave us a 6-5 lead. Plebe Luke Calvert lost at 174 lbs and we fell behind 8-6. However, convincing wins by junior Matt Bernard (184) and yearling Joe Forsman (197) put us ahead 12-8. In the heavyweight bout, senior John Paxton got an escape in the second period and held on for 1-0 decision! Losses by plebe Jon Anderson and junior Bernard Gardner tied the score at 15-15 going into the final match. Army's wrestler was yearling Phil Simpson, and he won an 11-0 major decision to clinch the victory. Wednesday, Army defeated Sacred Heart 22-15 on their mat. Army trailed 15-13 with two matches to go, but Paxton won by a pin, and Anderson held on for a 4-2 win for the team victory. Ron Schroeder also won by a pin, and Simpson won another major decision. Sacred Heart is a good team, with two wrestlers ranked in the top 20 in the country. Saturday, Army will be at the Coast Guard Academy for the All-Academy Championships.

MEN'S TENNIS (1-0): We are able to open the season during this very cold, snowy winter because of our outstanding indoor facility, Lichtenberg Tennis Center. Our men's team stopped Binghamton 6-1 last weekend. WOMEN'S TENNIS (2-0): Routed Binghamton 7-0 and Albany 7-0.

GYMNASTICS (2-0): Using mostly reserves, Army defeated M.I.T. in their gym 195.2 - 148.3.

SWIMMING (4-6), (4-7): At Columbia, the Army men lost 164.5 - 135.5. Columbia defeated our women 202-95. Army won 3 of 16 events in the women's meet. Plebe diver Chelsea Haviland won two events, sweeping both boards. Chelsea has won both diving events in 8 meets this year.

TRACK: Took the team title in New York Elite Invitational meet. Although we won only one event (senior Eric Mozenbecker in the mile at 4:11.73), our depth paid off. Army scored 75 and the next three finishers were East Carolina 55, South Carolina State 47, and George Mason 40.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (5-12): Lost two away games. At Bucknell last Friday we scored only 11 points in the first half, trailed 32-11, and eventually lost 53-38. We shot 31% from the floor. At Lehigh Sunday, we lost handily 78-61. Lehigh is now the only Patriot League team unbeaten in league play. Navy here Friday.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (9-10): We're playing close games - but losing away from home. At Bucknell, we went down 72-62. Against Lehigh we lost 64-59. That's four straight defeats. We will get these teams at home in the next two weeks. This Friday, Navy will be at West Point.


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