Army Sinks Navy for First-Ever Patriot Tourney Crown

“We had a tough season and though we lost to Army and Lafayette, we had a chance to beat both of them in the tournament and go to the NCAAs,” said Warner. “But we fell short today. We put ourselves in too far of a hole.”

Navy put three players on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team - Warner, who turned in five goals and one assist; sophomore faceoff specialist Logan West (Berlin, Md.), who won 33 of the 48 draws he took while also picking up 11 grounders; and junior defensive middie Brian Striffler (Virginia Beach, Va.), who grabbed five ground balls, caused two turnovers and played two solid games on the wings of faceoffs.

The loss was just the second by the Midshipmen all-time in Patriot League Tournament play as Navy has posted an 11-2 record en route to making six Patriot League Tournament finals appearances.

Meanwhile, it's the first time Navy has dropped back-to-back games to its arch rival since the 1996 and '97 seasons. Having faced one another twice in a season just six times (1978 and '81 in the NCAA Tournament, 2005, '06, '07 and '10 in the Patriot League Tournament), it's the first time Army has managed to beat the Mids twice in a single season.

Navy concludes its year with a 7-8 record, falling below .500 for the first time since 2003. The Mids will also miss making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since their magical National Championship run in 2004. Navy owned the third-longest NCAA Tournament streak (along with Cornell) behind Johns Hopkins (38 straight) and Maryland (7).

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2010-05-02



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