Patriot League (Summer 2012)
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Navy's Patriot League Champions and Award Winners by Sport
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, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy as full members, and Fordham, Georgetown and MIT as associate members. Boston University will join the Patriot League as a full member beginning in the 2013-14 season. 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 finished at the top spot with nearly all of its teams reporting a graduation rate of 85 percent or higher in the most recent data. In addition, 84 teams from Patriot League full-member institutions 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 2011-12 academic year, Patriot League student-athletes and teams accomplished the following:
- In the latest release of NCAA Academic Progress Rate, 94 percent of Patriot League teams scored at or above the national Division I four-year average score of 973.
79 Patriot League teams, and 84 overall from full-member institutions, earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent of all teams in the most recent four-year APR scores.
- Navy won the Patriot League Presidents' Cup for the first time in school history, and also won the women's title. Lehigh edged the Mids for the men's crown.
- Navy's Jess Palacio and Colgate's Elise DeRoo were nominees from the Patriot League for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
- 48 student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-District recognition.
- For the first time in League history, three women's basketball teams earned postseason bids, as Navy went to the NCAA Tournament, American to the WNIT and Holy Cross to the WBI.
- Jess Palacio (Navy) was a second-team All-America selection by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and competed at both the NCAA Cross Country and Indoor Track and Field Championships.
- Navy's Laura Gorinski was invited to the NCAA Women's Swimming Championship, where she competed in the 200 IM and 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
- Five players were selected in the first 23 rounds of the MLB Draft, the most in that span in Patriot League history. Included in this list were Navy's Alex Azor (10th round) and Preston Gainey (11th).
- Navy's Zack Duncavage placed 16th in the discus and Bucknell's Leonard Joseph placed 17th in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division I Men's Track and Field Outdoor Championships, with Duncavage earning second-team All-America status for his performance.
- Navy's Katherine Ashton became the first rowing All-American from the Patriot League since 2007 when she was named to the second team by CRCA.
- Navy, which won the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, was ranked 19th in the final deBeer Media Poll of the season.
2011-12 PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORS
TEAM TITLES (12)
- Men's Cross Country
- Women's Cross Country
- Men's Swimming & Diving
- Women's Swimming & Diving
- Women's Basketball (tournament)
- Women's Lacrosse (regular season & tournament)
- Men's Tennis (regular season & tournament)
- Women's Tennis (regular season co-champs)
- Women's Outdoor Track & Field
COACH OF THE YEAR (8)
- Al Cantello, Men's Cross Country
- Karen Boyle, Women's Cross Country
- Bill Roberts, Men's Swimming
- John Morrison, Women's Swimming
- Cindy Timchal, Women's Lacrosse
- Pat Owen, Golf
Carla Criste, Women's Outdoor Track & Field
John Officer, Men's Tennis
PLAYER OF THE YEAR (6)
- Jess Palacio, Women's Cross Country and Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Justin Vagts, Men's Swimming
Laura Gorinski, Women's Swimming
Courtney Vandament, Women's Diving
Jasmine DePompeo, Women's Lacrosse
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (6)
- Annie-Norah Beveridge, Women's Cross Country
Mark Vetere, Men's Indoor Track & Field and Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Ange Sawick, Women's Swimming
Loren Generi, Women's Lacrosse
Calvin Mark, Men's Tennis
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (2)
- Laura Gorinski, Women's Swimming
Cody Rome, Men's Indoor Track & Field
TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (3)
- Jade Geif, Women's Basketball
Calvin Mark, Men's Tennis
Kathy Young, Women's Lacrosse