Dec. 17, 2013
Final NSCAA Poll
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's soccer team (16-4-2, 9-0-0 PL) has earned a national ranking of No. 25 in the final NSCAA Coaches Top 25 Poll of 2013, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday.
The Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament champion Navy squad appears in the year-end coaches poll for the first time since 1971 (No. 10). Navy was receiving votes in the final three NSCAA polls of the regular season before breaking into the year-end poll. Navy also appears at No. 21 in the final Top Drawer Soccer poll of the season.
Navy won 15 games in a row this season, the longest streak in the NCAA this year, after starting the season at 1-3-2. The Mids went 9-0-0 during the Patriot League Regular Season and defeated Army in the Star Game, 1-0, in double overtime.
Navy hosted the Patriot League Tournament, defeating Bucknell (1-0) in the semifinals and Holy Cross (2-0) in the title game to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years.
Navy won at VCU, 3-0, in the NCAA First Round before falling to No. 14 Wake Forest, 2-1, in the NCAA Second Round.
Navy head coach Dave Brandt is also now the NCAA Division I winningest active coach with a career winning percentage of .807. He has a career record of 291-59-28 record over 17 years as a head coach.
The NCAA record book criteria states that a coach must be an active coach at a Division I school for five years to be eligible and once eligible, the NCAA includes the entire coaching career across all levels. Brandt completed his fifth season at the Division I level in 2013 and he coached at Division III Messiah for 12 seasons.
Brandt was named the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2013.
It was also recently announced that senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder was the 2013 NCAA Statistical Leader for save percentage with his .917 clip. His .917 save percentage is a Navy school record and the seventh best save percentage in NCAA single season history. He faced 72 shots on goal and allowed just six goals.
Snyder was 15-1-0 with 10 shutouts and also ranked second in the NCAA this season in goals-against average (0.37).