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, Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola 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.
Since 1998, the Patriot League has ranked first each year among all Division I conferences awarding athletic aid in the NCAA Graduation Rate Report. The League also had more than 93 percent of its teams score above the national APR average in the most recent data, and 92 Patriot League teams earned NCAA Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Awards after posting academic progress rate scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
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 2013-14 academic year, Patriot League student-athletes and teams have accomplished the following:
- The Patriot League ranked second among all conferences in multi-year APR rating, and led all leagues in men's basketball and baseball APR.
- 81 Patriot League teams recorded perfect graduation success rates and 92 earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking in the top 10 percent of their sport in APR.
- More than 93 percent of Patriot League teams scored above the national average in APR.
- Patriot League teams won NCAA Tournament games in seven different sports, with American winning twice to advance to the Round of 16 in volleyball.
- League squads also won NCAA first-round or regional contests in football (Fordham), men's soccer (Navy), women's soccer (Boston University), women's lacrosse (Loyola), softball (Boston University) and baseball (Bucknell).
- Navy won the overall Patriot League Presidents' Cup for the second time in three years, while Army took first place on the men's side and Boston University claimed the women's title in its inaugural season.
- Fifteen student-athletes earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition, including first-team accolades for Fordham's Brett Biestek (Football), Bucknell's Joe Meyer (Men's Soccer) and Navy's Elizabeth Hoerner (Women's Soccer).
- Thirty-five student-athletes received Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition.
- There were 2,450 student-athletes on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2013-14, including 128 with a semester GPA of at least 4.0.
- American women's basketball standout Alexis Dobbs, Navy women's soccer star Elizabeth Hoerner and women's rowing student-athlete Katherine Ashton each earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Dobbs and Hoerner were later named the Patriot League's nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
- Fordham football and Loyola men and women's lacrosse each finished in the top 10 of national polls, while Navy men's soccer and American volleyball and field hockey each placed in the top 25 of their sport's final national rankings.
- Navy's Jay Stell placed third in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, matching the best-ever finish for a Patriot League male and earning first-team All-America honors.
- Navy's Tom Duvall placed seventh in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Men's Swimming Championship to earn All-America honors, and was one of four Patriot Leaguers to compete in an individual event at either the NCAA Men or Women's Championship.
2013-14 PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORS
TEAM TITLES (9)
- Men's Soccer , regular season & tournament
- Men's Cross Country
- Women's Soccer, regular season
- Women's Basketball, regular season
- Men's Swimming & Diving
- Women's Swimming & Diving
- Men's Track & Field , indoor & outdoor
COACH OF THE YEAR (7)
- Dave Brandt, Men's Soccer
- Al Cantello, Men's Cross Country
- Stefanie Pemper, Women's Basketball
- Bill Roberts, Men's Swimming
- Rich MacDonald, Diving
- Stephen Cooksey , Men's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (10)
- Jame Dubyoski, Men's Soccer (offensive player)
- Joseph Greenspan, Men's Soccer (defensive player)
- Elizabeth Hoerner, Women's Soccer (goalkeeper)
- Jade Seabrook, Women's Soccer (defensive player)
- Morgan Dankanich, Women's Soccer (offensive player)
- Tom Duvall, Men's Swimming
- Wil Mayo, Men's Diving
- Alix Membreno, Women's Basketball (defensive player)
- Kash Manzelli, Baseball (player)
- Anthony Parenti, Baseball (pitcher)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ()
- Joseph Lane, Men's Swimming
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (3)
- Elizabeth Hoerner, Women's Soccer
- Ellen Bradford, Women's Swimming
- Chris House, Men's Golf
TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (2)
- Guy Skord, Men's Soccer
- Zack Duncavage, Men's Outdoor Track & Field (field)
THE PRESIDENTS' CUP
Navy's athletic program earned its second Patriot League Presidents' Cup title in three years during the 2013-14 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.
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 eight years. These showings are in spite of Navy ranking in the lower half of the league for the number of league sports it offers.
Navy's teams combined to win six league titles -- men's cross country, men's soccer, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field -- and three additional league regular season titles -- men's soccer, women's soccer, women's basketball -- to accrue 148 points and edge league-newcomer Boston University (seven championships) in the 2013-14 standings by 3.25 points.
In addition to its overall victory, Navy also placed second in both the respective men's and women's team standings. Navy's men's teams have placed either first or second in its tabulation seven times in the last 11 years, while the Navy women's teams have finished in either first or second place in its scoring in five of the last six seasons.
Navy has led all schools with a combined 22 league titles won over the last three seasons. The Mids amassed nine team crowns during the 2011-12 season –– the most won by a school since the 1996-97 season –– and tallied seven championships in the 2012-13 year before claiming six titles during the 2013-14 season. Those 22 crowns earned by Navy are more than double the total won by the program with the next highest total (10, Bucknell) and account for nearly one-third of the 71 championships awarded by the league over the last three seasons.
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