I hope Army fans have been making daily trips to the Black Knights’ website, www.goARMYsports, as our staff has been busy posting updates throughout the week.
The men’s soccer team is coming off an exciting 3-0 win over Central Connecticut State Tuesday evening at Clinton Field behind a strong second half as three Black Knights scored a goal. The team closes out a three-game homestand hosting Bucknell in its Patriot League debut Saturday evening under the lights at Michie Stadium.
Congratulations to Jack Hammack who will receive the ODIA Distinguished Service Away at the annual Hall of Fame Induction banquet that is less than three weeks away. Ten former athletes will be among this year’s 11th induction class.
I have to admit that the Hall of Fame is one of my favorite events at West Point as I have watched and cheered on many of the former inductees throughout the years to include a few on this year’s list. . It is exciting to see them return with many of their former teammates and talk about how athletics was the guiding force to future achievements.
Also on the front page of the web site is this year’s Mission First publication, now in its second year. The publication is a collection of profiles celebrating lives and accomplishments of a number of individuals with strong connections to Army’s athletic program. I am proud to say that I wrote stories on two exceptional individuals.
Becky Halstead, USMA ’81 (second class of women to graduate from West Point), became the first female West Pointer to become a general. She was my manager for the women’s basketball team in the days prior to live stats and statcrew. Stats were done by hand and Becky was excellent at keeping and compiling statistics for both teams. Retired from the Army, she has an exciting career that keeps her busy.
My other story was on “Chico” who has worked a number of years for the Army Athletic Association at Holleder Center and one I dubbed the “Magical Zamboni Man.” As I matter of fact, I know all of the folks the profiles were written about, and I can promise you that each has a great story.
Football fans there is still time to purchase tickets for the Army-Yale game which will be a classic Saturday in New Haven, Conn., in celebrating the 100th year of the Yale Bowl. It is a storied series in the history of college football as the teams have met 45 times since the series opener at West Point back in 1893.
The weekend starts off Friday with a pair of home events. Women’s tennis is hosting the annual West Point Invitational at Malek Courts and sprint football is making its home debut hosting Franklin Pearce, 7 p.m., at Shea Stadium.
With the varsity football team taking on Yale at 1 p.m. on Saturday, five teams will be competing at home starting with Army-Navy golf at the Golf Course. The two-day event starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Weather is perfect for the competition.
At 9 a.m. the West Point Women’s Tennis Invitational opens its second day of competition, while in the afternoon, women’s rugby is hosting American International 1:30 p.m. at Anderson Rugby Complex. In the evening, Tthe men’s soccer team takes on Bucknell in its Patriot League debut, 7 p.m. at Clinton Field, and women’s volleyball is hosting Colgate in a Patriot League match at Gillis Field House at 5 p.m.
On the road is women’s soccer visiting Boston University at 1 p.m. in a Patriot League match. The Black Knights are coming off of a 2-1 win over Bucknell in their conference opener and will be looking to pull off an upset as they take on the defending Patriot League Tournament champion and preseason favorite Terriers.
Army’s nationally ranked men’s rugby team has a 7 p.m. road game against St. Bonaventure.
Sunday is the final day of the Women’s Tennis Invitational as well as Army-Navy golf in the “Star” match battle.
Hope you can be there to cheer on the Black Knights, and if you can’t, you can keep up-to-date with the various teams on Twitter or catch the results on Army’s site (www.goARMYsports.com).
Don’t forget that hockey and basketball (men and women) seasons are just around the corner and you don’t want to miss out on getting tickets.
The Atlantic Hockey Association picked the hockey team to finish 10th in its preseason poll. The regular season opens the weekend of Oct. 10-12. Fans can start purchasing single-game tickets Sept. 23.
Women’s basketball will be featured on CBS Sports Network as well as the Army men’s basketball team.
Hope you can make some of Army’s games this weekend.