While most cadets went home last week to enjoy time with friends and family, a few of Army’s sports team traveled across the globe over Spring Break to compete in their respective arenas. Here’s a quick recap of their adventures:
The Men’s Rugby team traveled for a handful of matches in the UK. The Black Knights battled Oxford University to a 22-22 tie before falling to the Royal Military Academy-Sandhurst (40-14) and Swansea University (22-0).
Army players also spent time sightseeing, and were treated to the Six Nations rugby tournament. Another trip highlight included a pre-game speech from USA Eagles rugby captain, Blaine Scully. The Black Knights will wrap up their regular season play against Navy on March 30th before heading into the D1A National Championships.
The Men’s Soccer team also traveled to the UK over Spring Break, taking on U-23 squads - Burnley, Birmingham City, and Southampton FC.
In addition to their games, the soccer team also enjoyed spectating several Champions League games. Other highlights included a tour of Manchester United’s locker room, a chat with US Men’s National Team Geoff Cameron, and a visit with former Army Men’s soccer player, Nick Williams. The Men’s soccer team faces a tough road ahead this spring season, including a match against the reigning national champions - Maryland.
Army’s volleyball team spiced things up a little, heading to Italy for a few games against local teams, including Volley 2001 Garlasco. Their trip included stops in several cities, including Rome, Milan, Verona plus a visit to the US military base located in Vicenza.
In addition to all the teams competing internationally, Army Softball competed in their annual spring invitational in Florida while the Men’s Hockey team fell in the AHA tournament quarterfinals to #1 seed AIC, 2 games to 1. Now that cadets have returned from Spring Break, all of Army’s sports teams will be back to the grindstone, either readying for their spring seasons or preparing for next year.