May 21, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- The United States Naval Academy announced its major athletic award winners Thursday afternoon at the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony at Alumni Hall.
Water polo standout Mike Mulvey (Carlsbad, Calif.) was named the winner of the NAAA Sword for Men, presented to that man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association's Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men's athletics during his years of varsity competition.
As a four-year starter at Navy, Mulvey led the Midshipmen to a 96-31 record (.756), three-consecutive Eastern Championships and three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Mulvey was named Honorable Mention All-American as a junior and a Third-Team All-American as a senior. He finished his career with 314 points (fifth most in school history), 205 goals (sixth most in school history) and 109 assists (second most in school history). Navy head coach Mike Schofield considers Mulvey the most talented water polo player in school history.
Mulvey is just the third water polo in school history to win the award and the first since Luis Nicolao in 1992. Tom Popp (1989) is the only other water polo player to win the sword.
Lisa Kunzelman (Constantia, N.Y.) of the rifle team was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to that woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association's Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women's athletics during her years of varsity competition.
Kunzelman is a four-time All-American in air rifle, becoming just the fifth Naval Academy shooter (male or female) to earn All-America honors all four years. She led the Midshipmen to a second place finish at the NCAA Championship in air rifle the last two years and finished fourth individually in air rifle in 2008. She holds the school record for air rifle (tied with Matt Albright) with a score of 595 out of 600 and holds the U.S. National Record for Junior Women with a score of 397 out of 400. She is a three-time member of the U.S. National Team and led the U.S. National Junior Team to a gold medal at the 2006 World Championships in Croatia.
Kunzelman is the first female member of the rifle team to win the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women.
Tommy Phelan (Towson, Md.), a goalie for the men's lacrosse team, was awarded the Thompson Trophy Cup, which is presented to that midshipman, male or female, who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy.
Phelan started the year as Navy's third goalkeeper, but was inserted into the line-up after the Mids got off to a 6-3 start, including two losses in the Patriot League to Colgate and Bucknell. Phelan was faced with a daunting task as the toughest part of Navy's schedule was ahead with Georgetown, Maryland, Army and Johns Hopkins still left on the docket. Phelan turned Navy's season around by making a then career-high 15 saves as Navy snapped a five-game losing streak to the Hoyas with a 10-8 win. The following week against Maryland, Phelan made a career-high 16 saves as the Mids shocked eighth-ranked Maryland, 10-4. Phelan equaled his career-high with 16 saves the next week as Navy knocked off Army, 8-4, at M&T Bank Stadium. After a loss to Johns Hopkins, Phelan was named the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player as he led Navy to a 9-8 triple overtime victory over Colgate in the Patriot League Semifinals and a 9-8 upset of No. 1 seed Bucknell on their home field in the Patriot League Championship game. The win over Bucknell put Navy in the NCAA Tournament for a sixth-consecutive year.
Phelan is the 22nd men's lacrosse player to win the award and the first since Jamieson Slough (squash/lacrosse) won the award in 1994. Phelan is just the third Navy lacrosse player to win the award with lacrosse as the only sport they participated in. The other two lacrosse only winners were Henry Chiles in 1960 and Fred Billing in 1925.
Jason Hill (Marietta, Ga.) of the tennis team was awarded the men's Coaches' Calvert Award, presented to that man in the graduating class who has persevered the most in his career.
Hill was a four-year starter and team captain his senior year, as he helped lead Navy to three-straight Patriot League titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. Hill was a 2009 First-Team All-Patriot League selection and was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's tennis this season. His 56 career doubles wins in dual-meet matches ranks fifth in school history, while his 105 combined singles and doubles wins in dual-meet matches ranks 15th in school history.
Hill is the second member of the tennis team to win the award and the first since Chris Thompson in 1992.
Maureen Dooley (Durham, Conn.) of the cross country and track & field teams was awarded the women's Coaches' Calvert Award, presented to that woman in the graduating class who has persevered the most in her career.
Dooley earned a combined 10 varsity letters (three in cross country, four in indoor track & field, three in outdoor track & field) in her career, while also ranking number two in the class in military order of merit. She was a Second-Team All-Patriot League selection in cross country in 2008 and earned six all-league certificates during her four-year track career. The highlight of Dooley's career might of come at this year's Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championship as she ran on the distance medley relay team that finished first and clinched a Patriot League Championship for the Mids.
Dooley is the sixth member of the women's cross country/track & field programs to win the award and the first since Justine Whipple in 2007.