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Around the Yard: Navy Sports continue to perform at the highest levels

As the Winter Sport seasons come to a close, the Spring Sports continue to perform for Navy Athletics.

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Let’s begin with the teams who either just finished their season or are near the end.

Men’s Basketball:

The Navy Men’s Basketball team’s run in the Patriot League tournament came to a close in a lost to top-ranked Colgate, 80-70. The Midshipmen entered the tournament as the fifth-ranked squad. However, to start the season, they were projected to merely finish in eighth place.

Overall on the season, the Midshipmen were quite inconsistent. But, their tremendous heart and desire to win was displayed over the past week in their run for the Patriot League title. With freshman like John Carter Jr., and other underclassmen, Navy has great potential to come back next season and be a legitimate contender in the Patriot League.

Wrestling:

Navy wrestling had a huge weekend at the EIWA Championships this past weekend, which resulted in five automatic bids to the NCAA National Championships. The Midshipmen who qualified are Tanner Skidgel, Nicholas Gil. Jared Prince, Spencer Carey, and Joshua Roetman. Furthermore, Coach Joel Sharratt believes Casey Cobb has the potential to win an at-large bid after the final selection.

Women’s Tennis

Navy Women’s tennis won three consecutive matches against opponents Embry-Riddle, Saint Leo, and Lees-McRae. The Midshipmen now hold a record on the season of 15-6. However, they will have some tougher competition later this week when they face University of Texas at Tyler and Austin College.

Women’s Lacrosse

Despite a tough loss to the number one team in the nation, Boston College, 18-5, the Women’s Lacrosse team remained ranked in all three National Polls. Both Inside Lacrosse Media and US Lacrosse Magazine ranked the Midshipmen at number 15, while the IWLCA Coaches poll have them ranked at number 13. The women have now been ranked for 22 straight weeks, dating all the way back to the year of 2017. Entering this week, Women’s Lax holds a record of 5-2 and should have no problem improving that against the Colgate Raiders in their opening match of the Patriot League.

Additionally, Freshman Reagan Roelofs was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week last week due to her performance against Boston College and Navy’s win over Brown.

Men’s Lacrosse

Navy’s Men’s Lacrosse had a similar week to the women in the sense that they split their games with a win against Lafayette, but a loss to Princeton. Although, they too now have two total losses on the season, the Midshipmen remain 2-0 in the Patriot League. This weekend they face Loyola, who is ranked at number nine. This game presents a great opportunity for Navy to make a statement on how the rest of their season is going to go.

Senior Midfielder, Greyson Torain was drafted in the second round of the MLL Draft by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the second round. Will he be able to play? That is yet to be known. We will have more information on that as we approach the month of May when the Midshipmen are closer to graduation.

Baseball

Navy Baseball has taken a strong turn for the better over this past week. The Midshipmen won four of five games last week, defeating Delaware State, UMBC, and Cornell twice. Their only loss came to Cornell in the middle game of their triple-header, 3-2, which went to extra innings. Early this week, the Midshipmen dominated Villanova in a 5-1 victory.

Despite starting the season 4-6, they now hold a record of 9-8. Much of this can be accredited to Noah Song’s performance on the mound. The right-handed senior was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week and National Player of the Week after striking out 16 batters in a win over Cornell.