At the Naval Academy, beating Army is important. Plebes yell "Beat Army!" in Bancroft Hall, "Beat Army!" is on every weight in the Naval Academy weight rooms, and alums and fans alike yell "Beat Army!" at the end of Blue & Gold, the Naval Academy's alma mater.
The annual showdown between the two rivals in each sport is deemed the Star Game with the players from the winning team receiving a Star for their letter sweaters. For those sports that face Army multiple times in a season, the Star Game is designated prior to the start of the year.
Navy continued its dominance over Army in 2016-17 in both the overall and Star series going 20-12 (.625) overall and 14-9 (.609) in Star competitions.
Navy is 41-3-2 against the Black Knights over the last 46 years in the overall series and 33-4-2 over the last 39 years in the Star series.
Navy leads the all-time series against Army in all sports, 1,046-792-41 (.568).
2016-17 STAR SERIES PRESENTED BY USAA
Senior men's golfer Devin Terry earned a letter sweater following his freshman year, but had yet to wear it. In fact he never even picked it up. He told his teammates he wouldn't wear his sweater until he earned a Star. But after Terry won the 18th hole of the final match to halve the final point, he finally made that march to retrieve his sweater and Star. The Midshipmen, who held a 3-1 advantage after the four-ball matches on day one, won two singles matches and halved two others on the final day to defeat Army West Point, 6-5, at the West Point Golf Course.
Balance on both offense and defense sparked the Navy volleyball team to a three-set victory over Army West Point at the Wesley A. Brown Field House in the annual Star Match between the two programs. The Mids defeated the Black Knights, 25-19, 25-17, 25-16 before a boisterous overflow crowd of over 1,000 in Navy's home venue. Navy had three players finish with 13 kills, three different players grab 13 digs and four players record multiple blocks.
Men's Cross Country
For the second straight Army-Navy Star Meet, the Navy men's cross country team posted a perfect score of 15 to 46 to defeat Army West Point at the United States Naval Academy Golf Course. It was the eighth time in program history that Navy recorded a perfect score of 15 in an Army-Navy Star Meet. Senior Lucas Stalnaker broke out from the start and kept up his pace as he blew by the competition with a first-place time of 23:39.39, which was a full 17 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ryan McCoy. Stalnaker's first-place time broke the course record that was previously held by Ron Harris ('87) at 23:47.8, which was established exactly 30 years ago in 1986.
Women's Cross Country
The Navy women's cross country team recorded six of the top-seven finishers to defeat Army West Point, 20-42, at the United States Naval Academy Golf Course. Navy tallied its sixth-straight victory over Army for the second time in program history. Navy sophomore Erin McDonnell finished second in the race in a time of 23:03.71.
Behind a complete team effort the Navy sprint football team earned a gritty 10-3 victory over Army West Point in the two rival service academy's annual Star Game. After a slow start saw the Mids fall behind 3-0 in the first quarter and get held to minus-three rushing yards in the first half, a stifling defense and hard-nosed running attack in the second half helped the hosts come from behind for a dramatic 10-3 victory over the Black Knights before a boisterous crowd at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving
The longest winning streaks in Army-Navy series history were extended by another year as the Navy swimming and diving teams swept their counterparts from Army West Point at Crandall Pool in West Point, N.Y. The Navy women's team won by a score of 194-106 to win its 28th straight meeting in the rivalry, and the Navy men's squad won its 26th consecutive meet with a 156.5-143.5 victory.
Sarita Condie and Taylor Dunham combined for 38 points to help lead the Navy women's basketball team to a 67-62 victory over Army West Point at Alumni Hall in Annapolis in the annual Star Game between the programs. The win for Navy was its first in the Star Game, presented by USAA, since the 2012 season and its first in a home Star Game since 2003.
Women's Outdoor Track & Field
For the fourth consecutive year, the women's track and field meet between Army West Point and Navy was decided by less than 10 points as the Midshipmen posted a 105-98 victory over the rival Black Knights. With the win, Navy has now won three consecutive outdoor meets against Army, eight of the last nine, and 11 of the last 13. The Mids improved their overall record against the Black Knights to 17-14.
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
The Navy men's track and field team avenged its indoor loss to Army West Point with a 108-95 victory over the Black Knights at Ingram Field. The Mids' victory is the sixth consecutive win over their rivals in outdoor track & field. Navy used first-place finishes in the 400-meter hurdles, 200m dash and the 5,000m run to pull away and secure the win.
A crowd of 12,705 gathered at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis to watch one of the most storied rivalries in college sports - the 98th edition of Army-Navy men's lacrosse. Navy went on a 7-0 run over the final 16 minutes of the game to overcome a three-goal deficit and defeat #8 Army West Point, 10-6. The Mids also clinched the Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA for the 19th time in the last 21 years. The crowd was the 11th-largest crowd to see a regular-season Navy men's lacrosse game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and the second-largest for an Army-Navy game at the Stadium.
The Navy men's tennis team posted a 4-1 victory over Army West Point in the Star Match between the two teams at the Malek Tennis Center in West Point, N.Y. The Mids have now won back-to-back Star Matches over the Black Knights for the first time since they won four in a row from 2006-09.
The Navy baseball team completed its 3-1 series win over Army West Point with a Sunday doubleheader sweep at Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field. The Mids knocked off the Black Knights by a score of 7-2 in game one to clinch the N-Star and 10-6 in the second contest. A pitchers' duel in game one quickly fell apart over the final three innings as the teams scored all nine runs to close the game. In the second half of the twinbill, the teams started out hot and saw the game tied at 5-5 after three innings before Navy pulled away with a two-run home run in the fifth and three insurance runs in the eighth. Game One starter, Kyle Condry hurled six innings of three-hit action before giving way to Jett Meenach in the seventh and final inning to secure the Star. Navy opened the weekend series with a 7-3 victory on Saturday.