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Around the Yard: Navy football wraps up spring ball, names captains

Navy Athletics continue to produces results at the highest levels in their Spring Sports. Additionally, football noise is starting to be heard.

Temple v Navy Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Navy Baseball

The Navy Baseball team added another mark in their win column on Wednesday, April 17th when the traveled to Bucknell and came home with a 3-1 victory. The Midshipmen are now three games ahead of the Army Black Knights, with sole possession of the lead in the Patriot League. Navy’s league record is 14-4 and does not look like they will be slowing down anytime soon. Army will get on the road for a tripleheader weekend in Annapolis, with two of the games being played on Saturday, and the third on Sunday. This weekend has the potential to be when the Midshipmen run away with the Patriot League.

Navy Women’s Lacrosse

The Navy Women’s Lacrosse team has been on a terror of late. On Saturday, April 13th, Navy Women’s Lax crushed the Army Black Knights by a margin of 13 goals, winning 21-8. On Wednesday, Navy hosted American and put up 20 goals against them, earning their third straight game. The Midshipmen are second in the Patriot League standings. This coming Saturday, the ladies will take on Lafayette in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will look to extend their win streak to four. This should be a relatively easy task, given Lafayette’s record in Patriot League is a mere 1-6 currently.

Navy Football

The Navy Football team has made some headlines this week with the conclusion of Spring Practices and the announcements of team captains and the winner of the Admiral Mack Award.

Historically, after Navy finishes their Spring Practices, an updated depth chart is published, which gives us an idea of who stood out the most, in the coaches eyes, during the Spring. Navy has not yet posted an up-to-date depth chart; however, we can assume one will be coming soon.

Coach Ken Niumatalolo did something different this year in regards to the team captains. Typically, Navy has a defensive captain and an offensive captain, totally only two players. On Tuesday, Coach Niumatatlolo announced there would be four captains this season: raider Nizaire Cromartie, linebacker Paul Carothers, center Ford Higgins and quarterback Malcolm Perry. While these players were still voted as captains by the returning players, the expansion in numbers may prove to be more effective in regards to the player leadership among the team.

Lastly, Jackson Perkins was named the winner of the Vice Admiral William P. Mack Award following the last Spring Practice. This award is given every year to the player who has shown the most improvement since the fall. While this award is not necessarily indicative of a players’ future playing time or involvement, it normally still means good things...I guess we’ll have a better idea when the depth chart comes out.