Nov. 2, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-It was a memorable weekend for Navy athletics as the Midshipmen clinched a bowl berth, won an N-Star game and won three conference championships.
The weekend started on Friday night with the Navy sprint football team rolling over Army, 24-0, to claim the N-Star and win the CSFL outright title for the 26th time in program history. The Midshipmen completed the 2008 season with a 7-0 record and a 4-0 mark in CSFL play. The undefeated season is the 22nd in the program's 63-year history and its fifth over the last-seven years. Navy has won a series-record 10-straight games against Army, with Friday's performance as the sixth shutout victory for the Midshipmen against the Black Knights.
On Saturday, Navy women's cross country runner Amy Watson boasted the fastest time of the day to lead the Midshipmen to a Patriot League Championship at the Lehigh Cross Country Course. It marks the second-straight year that Navy has won the Patriot League title and the first time in program history that it has won the crown outright. Last fall, the Midshipmen tied with Bucknell for first place at the league championship. Navy's 23-point showing is the lowest team score since the Patriot League expanded to eight teams in 2003.
In men's cross country, Navy's Andrew Hanko delivered the second-fastest time of the day as the Midshipmen tied for the Patriot League Championship at Lehigh's Cross Country Course on Saturday afternoon. Navy tied Army with a championship-low score of 47 points, marking the first tie in Patriot League Men's Cross Country Championship history,
In women's soccer, senior captain Julie Reynolds headed in a free kick in the 15th minute to propel Navy (14-3-3, 5-0-2 PL) to its seventh Patriot League regular season championship with a 1-0 victory over host Colgate on Saturday evening at Van Doren Field. With the win, Navy, now unbeaten over its last 11 games (9-0-2), clinches the No. 1 seed and earns the right to host next weekend's four-team league playoff in Annapolis. The top-seeded Midshipmen will host the No. 4 Red Raiders in one of two semifinal matchups to be contested Friday (time to be determined) in a rematch of Saturday's regular season finale.
The weekend was capped off by the "Miracle at Navy-Marine Corps". Junior linebacker Clint Sovie's
42-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 37 seconds left in regulation capped a 20-point rally in the final 9:16 to send the game into overtime and sophomore quarterback Ricky Dobbs' (Douglasville, Ga.) one-yard run in overtime gave Navy a miraculous 33-27 overtime victory over Temple. It was the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history and with the win the Mids clinched a berth in the Dec. 20th EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.