May 23, 2012
The Patriot League announced on Wednesday that the United States Naval Academy has won the 2011-12 Presidents' Cup, which is awarded to the member institution with the highest cumulative sports point total for its Patriot League standings in sponsored men's and women's sports. Points are awarded based upon a combination of an institution's regular season and tournament finishes in each sport. It is the first time that Navy has won the Presidents' Cup. The Mids had finished second in each of the last five seasons.
Navy racked up 121.75 points to win the overall Patriot League Presidents' Cup title, pulling away from second-place Lehigh (109.75), third-place Bucknell (108.5) and fourth-place Army (98.75) by winning four league titles in the spring season. Navy claimed nine Patriot League championships in 2011-12, tying for the fourth-best mark in League history and finishing with the most titles by any school since the 1996-97 season. Colgate (83), Lafayette (67.75), American (61.25) and Holy Cross (54.5) rounded out the standings.
"To achieve one of the most significant collective goals for the Naval Academy Athletic Association makes this a banner year for Navy athletics," said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "With a graduation rate for student-athletes that is a benchmark for Division I institutions, coupled with extraordinary success in intercollegiate athletic competitions clearly reinforces the proper balance of our priorities at this exceptional educational institution. My congratulations goes out to the midshipmen, coaches, athletic department staff, the academy administration, the foundation and our loyal fans who all played an important role in this accomplishment."
Navy recorded another first by winning the women's Presidents' Cup. Navy won Patriot League women's championships in cross country, swimming and diving, basketball, lacrosse and outdoor track and field and accumulated 63.75 points to claim the title for the first time. Bucknell finished second with 54.25 points, followed by Lehigh (51.5), Colgate (49), Army (47.75), Lafayette (35), American (33) and Holy Cross (32.75).
Navy nearly pulled off the sweep, but Lehigh was able to edge the Mids by .25 points in the final men's standings. The pair racked up seven of the 11 men's titles, with Lehigh winning it all in football, basketball and lacrosse and Navy claiming the crowns in cross country, swimming and diving, tennis and golf. Bucknell finished third with 54.25 points, while Army followed in fourth place with 51 points, ahead of Colgate (34), Lafayette (32.75), American (28.25) and Holy Cross (21.75).