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Now in its third decade as an all-sport conference combining academic and athletic excellence, the Patriot League sponsors championships in 24 men and women's sports. Initially started as an NCAA Division I-AA football conference in 1986, the Patriot League became an all-sport conference in 1990 and includes American, Army West Point, Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland and Navy as full members, and Fordham, Georgetown, MIT and Richmond as associate members. These institutions are among the oldest and most prestigious in the nation and their alumni have and continue to play leadership roles in shaping our country.
The Patriot League's mission is simple: to provide successful competitive athletic experiences while maintaining high academic standards, and to prepare its student-athletes to be leaders in society. During the 2016-17 academic year, Patriot League student-athletes and teams accomplished the following:
• 97 Patriot League teams (45.8 percent of League teams) earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking in the top 10 percent of their sport in Academic Progress Rate (APR), with a Patriot League record 84 squads earning perfect scores.
• The Patriot League ranked second among all conferences in Public Recognition Awards, and tied for the national lead with the Ivy League for the highest percentage of teams earning the honor at 45.8%.
• The League's 93 percent graduation success rate (GSR) is the best mark in the nation for the second-consecutive year. Nine schools were at 90 percent or higher. All 10 member institutions exceeded the national GSR of 86 percent. In addition the League's 86 percent Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) places it as the national leader for the fourth-consecutive year.
• American's Natalie Konerth (Field Hockey) and Navy's Ryan Bailey (Men's Swimming) were named the Corvias Patriot League Female and Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honorees, respectively.
• 11 student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America recognition, including first-team accolades for Bucknell's Luke Giugliano (Men's Track & Field) and Kendall Ham (Women's Soccer) Lehigh's Micah Tennant (Football), Navy's Ryan Bailey (Men's Swimming) and Ryan Speir (Men's Cross Country)
• Two Patriot League student-athletes earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, including Navy's Bailey and Nate Gainey (men's track and field) and two earned Fulbright Scholarships, including American's Shannon Scovel (Women's Swimming) and Holy Cross's Samantha Speroni (Women's Track and Field)
• 43 Patriot League student-athletes received Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition.
• There were a Patriot League record 2,899 student-athletes on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2016-17.
• Holy Cross's Anthony Critelli (Baseball) won the Senior CLASS Award for baseball and was one of five Patriot League finalists for the award, along with Bucknell's Brett Smith (Baseball), Lehigh's Tim Kempton (Men's Basketball) and Justin Worley (Men's Soccer) and Navy's Adrian Chinnery (Baseball).
• Navy won the Corvias Patriot League Presidents' Cup for the fourth straight time and fifth in the last six years.
• Navy women's lacrosse became the fourth Patriot League team in any sport to advance to the semifinals of an NCAA Championship as the Mids defeated No. 7 Penn, UMass and No. 2 North Carolina in their tournament play.
• Twenty-five Patriot Leaguers were All-America selections, with first-team status for Bucknell's Julién Davenport (Football), Fordham's Chase Edmonds (Football), Lehigh's Courtney Avery (Women's Outdoor Track & Field), Loyola Maryland's Pat Spencer (Men's Lacrosse), Navy's Lucas Stalnaker (Men's Outdoor Track & Field).
• Nine Patriot Leaguers were selected in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Draft, two were taken in the Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft and one was taken in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. Among those players selected in the MLL Draft were Navy's Matt Rees (Chesapeake Bayhawks, second round) and Chris Fennell (Chesapeake, sixth round).
Navy's 2016-17 Patriot League Honors
TEAM TITLES (8)
• Men's Cross Country
• Men's Swimming & Diving
• Women's Swimming & Diving
• Men's Indoor Track & Field
• Baseball (Regular Season)
• Men's Outdoor Track & Field
• Women's Lacrosse (Tournament)
• Women's Rowing
COACH OF THE YEAR (5)
• Al Cantello (Men's Cross Country)
• Rich MacDonald (Diving)
• John Morrison (Women's Swimming)
• Stephen Cooksey (Men's Indoor Track & Field)
• Stephen Cooksey (Men's Outdoor Track & Field)
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (9)
• Patricia Mattingly -Setter of the Year (Volleyball)
• Sydney Shearn - Libero of the Year (Volleyball)
• Lucas Stalnaker - Runner of the Meet (Men's Cross Country)
• Laren Barber - Swimmer of the Meet (Women's Swimming)
• Bradley Buchter - Diver of the Meet (Men's Diving)
• Travis Blue - Player of the Year (Baseball)
• Kyle Condry - Pitcher of the Year (Baseball)
• Chris Fennell - Defensive Player of the Year (Men's Lacrosse)
• Jenna Collins - Midfielder of the Year (Women's Lacrosse)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (4)
• Delaney Walz (Women's Swimming)
• Zach Jennings (Men's Tennis)
• Cameron Hurd (Men's Outdoor Track & Field)
• Kelly Larkin (Women's Lacrosse)
SPORT SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (4)
• atricia Mattingly (Volleyball)
• Ryan Speir (Men's Cross Country)
• Ryan Bailey (Men's Swimming & Diving)
• Thomas Pecor (Men's Tennis)
OF THE YEAR (1)
• Ryan Bailey (Men's Swimming & Diving)
The Presidents' Cup
Navy's athletic program earned its fourth-straight Patriot League Presidents' Cup title and fifth in six years during the 2016-17 season. The Mids garnered their first league award for overall excellence during the 2011-12 campaign before placing second by just one-half of a point -- the closest margin in league history -- in the 2012-13 season and winning it again during the ensuing 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
Points for the Presidents' Cup are awarded based upon a combination of an institution's regular-season and tournament finishes in each sport. The Mids have now placed either first or second in the overall standings in each of the last 11 years. These showings are in spite of Navy ranking in the lower half of the league for the number of league sports it offers.
The Mids finished with 151 points to win the 2016-17 overall title, while Bucknell finished second with 146 points.
Navy matched its seven championships in 2016-17 from the previous two seasons, winning men's outdoor track & field, rowing and women's lacrosse titles during the spring. The Mids had earned men's indoor track & field and men's and women's swimming & diving crowns during the winter and the men's cross country championship during the fall. Navy also earned a regular-season championship in baseball and played in the championship game in women's basketball.
Navy's men's teams have placed either first or second in its tabulation 10 times in the last 14 years (second in 2016-17), while the Navy women's teams have finished in either first or second place in its scoring in four of the last nine seasons and have finished no lower than in third place over the last 11 years (third in 2016-17).
Navy has led the Patriot League in titles won in five of the last six seasons and has won at least six titles in each of these years. The Mids have amassed 43 crowns in this time, which is more than double the tally of the school with the next highest total (Bucknell, 21). Navy has won a league-best 27 titles in the four years since Boston and Loyola joined the league (Boston is second with 18). In tallying titles won in just the 21 sports Navy competes in, the 43 crowns won by the Mids over the last six years is more than double Bucknell's second-place total of 21.
Navy's Recent Finishes in Overall Presidents' Cup Standings
Navy's Top Finishes in Women's Presidents' Cup Standings
Navy's Top Finishes in Men's Presidents' Cup Standings