Lacrosse, X Country Teams Disappoint in 2010

The Navy team rankings for the 2009-10 season continues with number 17 through 13. Three out of the five teams that are included in this portion of the countdown fell at least eight spots from last season's rankings – two of them fell pretty dramatically. Only one of five teams beat Army, and one of them lost to their archrivals twice.

Before getting to #17 - #13, here is a recap of the bottom five teams on the list from last week:

 

22. Volleyball

21. Golf

20. Men's Basketball

19. Baseball

18. Men's Track and Field

 

Now on with the countdown…Last year's ranking are in (  ).

 

17. (5) Women's Cross Country Tied for the biggest drop in the standings is the women's cross country team that came into the season with so much promise but definitely did not live up to expectations. Those hopes were high based on the fact that the Mids were returning six of their seven top runners from their first-ever Patriot League Championship team. This included Amy Watson who was returning for her senior campaign after winning the individual title at the Patriot League Championship. Watson only ran in four meets this past fall and GoMids.com has learned that she has since left the Academy. Although the Naval Academy, sighting privacy laws, could not comment on the reason for Watson's departure, there is no doubt that the cross country team struggled without a repeat performance from their star. After drubbing Army 15-48 last season, they lost to the Black Knights 24-31 in the fall. And the team also finished third in the Patriot League Championships.

 

16. (4) Men's Lacrosse – Several streaks ended this season for the men's lacrosse team and for the most part that was a bad thing. First the good news: Navy beat Johns Hopkins for the first time since 1974, ending 36 consecutive losses. The thrilling 9-8 overtime victory gave the Mids some much needed momentum going into the Patriot League Tournament since they had just lost to Army prior to the Hopkins game. In the semifinals, Navy avenged an earlier 15-8 loss to Lafayette with a come-from-behind 11-9 victory which set the stage for a rematch with the Black Knights. In addition to advancing to their seventh consecutive NCAA tournament, a win over Army would have meant: not having a losing season; not losing to Army twice in the same season for the first time; and not failing to win their seventh consecutive Patriot League title. Richie Meade's team lost 11-8 to Army, which ended the Mids' season at 7-8. It was the team's first losing season since 2003. Fortunately for the Mids, while in Annapolis, Meade has never posted back-to-back losing campaigns.

 

15. (22) Men's Soccer – For the second year in a row the men's soccer team is only one of a handful (4 this season) in these rankings to have a losing record. However, after finishing 2009 with a 4-14-8 record, the Mids were given a new lease on life with the hiring of Dave Brandt who had sported a very impressive 246-25-14 record in 12 seasons at Division III Messiah College. Brandt got the Mids off to an impressive 8-5 start which included a 1-0 overtime victory over Army in the star match. The win over the Black Knights ended a three-year losing streak to their rivals and it also ended a 15-game winless streak in Patriot League contests. However the team still has a long way to go as evidence by being shut out in all 11 losses as well as ending the season on a six-game losing streak. Still, there is progress in the program which helped the men's soccer team stock rise. Additionally, six of Navy's top seven scorers are set to return next season.

 

14. (6) RifleThe margin for error with the Navy rifle team in terms of this ranking system is pretty darn thin. Beat Army and they are a sure bet to be in the top ten, perhaps even top five. Lose to Army and all bets are off. Unfortunately the later happened this season as the rifle team dropped a 5770-5737 decision to their rival gunslingers. Still the team managed to finish the year with an 8-1 record. Also of note is the fact that Chris Burleson earned All-American honors in both the smallbore and air rifle disciplines. The junior is only the 11th midshipman to be named an All-American in two disciplines in the same season. Burleson and all three of his fellow starters will return next year.

 

13. (NR) Women's Tennis I had the pleasure of talking to freshman Emani Decquir back in March about being the future of the women's tennis team. As you can read for yourself here, she is an extremely smart and talented youngster with a very bright future. The same too could be said about the women's tennis team in Annapolis. Led by all-Patriot League selections Decquir (14-10 singles record) and sophomore Brittany Boucher (14-7 singles record), Navy finished their inaugural spring season with a spiffy 13-4 record. Although the Mids did not play Army this year, the two rivals should meet on the court in the coming seasons. That should be a really good test for Navy as Army will be playing in the NCAA tournament this year.


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