Before getting to #17 - #13, here is a recap of the bottom five teams on the list from last week:
20. Men's Basketball
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
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
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
14. (6) Rifle – The 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