Women’s Lacrosse Wins 2016-17 NAAA Director of Athletics Cup
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – With the reformation of the brigade and start of classes, it was announced recently by Navy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk that the Navy women’s lacrosse program had been awarded the 2016-17 Director of Athletics Cup.
The Director of Athletics Cup was established to recognize intercollegiate excellence and the Naval Academy varsity team that exemplifies itself as a standard bearer in academics, leadership, varsity competition, conduct, aptitude for commission and honor.
The women’s lacrosse team finished the year 18-5 overall. It became the first Service Academy team from a women’s sport to advance to the NCAA Final 4 with victories over No. 7 Penn, UMass and No. 2 North Carolina.
The Mids made their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first appearance for Navy since 2013. The Midshipmen began their historic run, advancing to the NCAA Tournament after posting a 15-5 victory over top-seeded Loyola in the Patriot League Tournament. The win marked the team’s fifth championship and ended the Greyhounds’ 41-game winning streak against PL foes.
In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Navy defeated No. 7 Penn, 11-10, at Penn Park on Dunning-Cohen Champions Field in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, the Midshipmen advanced to the second round of the Tournament for just the second time in school history. The victory over the No. 7 Quakers was the first win against a ranked opponent in Navy history. In addition, it was the second NCAA Tournament win for Navy in program history.
Navy posted a 23-11 victory over UMass in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the Mids to advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
The Mids defeated defending National Champions and No. 2 seed North Carolina, 16-14, to punch their ticket in to the first-ever Final Four appearance in school history.
Navy finished the year ranked fourth in the final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and sixth in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. The rankings mark the first time in program history that the Mids have been ranked in the top 10 in either poll. It is the highest national ranking for any women’s team in school history.
1996-97: Football, Women's Track & Field
1997-98: Men's Cross Country, Sprint Football
1998-99: Women's Soccer, Men's Tennis
2000-01: Water Polo
2001-02: Lightweight Rowing
2002-03: Women's Soccer
2003-04: Lightweight Rowing
2004-05: Women's Crew
2005-06: Sprint Football
2006-07: Women's Track & Field
2007-08: Men's Swimming & Diving
2008-09: Women's Cross Country
2009-10: Water Polo
2010-11: Men's Cross Country
2011-12: Women's Lacrosse
2012-13: Women's Rowing
2013-14: Men's Soccer
2014-15: Sprint Football
2016-17: Women’s Lacrosse