Naval Academy Announces Major Athletic Award Winners
ANNAPOLIS, Md.– The United States Naval Academy announced its major athletic award winners Thursdayafternoon at the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony at Alumni Hall.
Zach Duncavage (League City, Texas), a member of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams, was awarded the NAAA Sword for Men, which is presented to that man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men’s athletics during his years of varsity competition.
Duncavage helped lead Navy to three Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2014 Patriot League outdoor title. He was a two-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Second-Team All-American in the discus and a two-time NCAA Championship qualifier in that same event. He will have an opportunity to qualify for a third NCAA Championship next week.
Duncavage won the Patriot League discus championship three times in his career, was the 2013 Patriot League Champion in the weight throw and the 2014 Patriot League Champion in the shot put. He was named the Patriot League Field Athlete of the Meet in both the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Championship and the 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Championship.
Duncavage, the 2014 indoor team captain, is the school record holder (192-8) and Army-Navy outdoor record holder (185-2) in the discus.
Duncavage is the 28th member of the men’s track & field team to win the sword in the 123-year history of the award and the first field athlete to win the award since the great high jumper Leo Williams in 1983.
The other three nominees for the NAAA Sword for Men were Cody Peterson (football), Pat Kiernan (men’s lacrosse) and Brendan West (sprint football)
Jade Geif (Lakeville, Minn.) of the women’s basketball team was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to that woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women’s athletics during her years of varsity competition.
Geif will go down as one of the best women’s basketball players in school history. She was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2011, earned second-team all-league honors in 2012, and first-team accolades in 2013 and 2014. Geif was also selected as the MVP of the 2011 and 2012 Patriot League Tournaments and was named to the all-tournament team in each of her four years. She is the only player in league history to have been named to four all-tournament teams.
She helped Navy win a share of the 2011 and 2013 Patriot League regular-season titles and an outright league title – the first in school history – in 2014. Navy advanced to the postseason in each of her four years after never before going to a postseason tournament. The Mids won the Patriot League Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and earned a berth in the 2014 WNIT by winning the Patriot League regular-season title.
Geif was part of a senior class that set Navy records with 83 wins and 44 regular-season conference wins and tied the school record with 10 league tournament victories.
She finished her career as the sixth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,501 points and is the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,033 (over 100 more than the No. 2 player in school history). She is the lone Navy women’s basketball player and joins David Robinson and Vernon Butler as the only Navy basketball players to have accrued over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. Geif is one of only two players in program history to lead Navy in rebounds in each of her four years, and is one of two Mids to lead the team in field goal percentage in all four seasons.
Geif is the eighth women’s basketball player to win the award in its 35-year history and the first since Angela Myers in 2011.
Other nominees for the award included Maressa Guynn (track & field), Erin Fortner (volleyball), Elizabeth Hoerner (women’s soccer), Aimee Gennaro (women’s lacrosse) and Katherine Ashton (crew)
Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn.) of the football team won the Thompson Trophy Cup, which is presented to that midshipman, male or female, who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy.
Reynolds had one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns. His 31 rushing touchdowns was not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback as well. Reynolds was just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.
He finished the 2013 campaign No. 1 in the country in scoring per game (14.7 points per contest), tied for first in touchdowns (31) and tied for 11th in points responsible for per game (18.2). His 1,3446 rushing yards are the 14th most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the third most in school history by any player. His seven rushing touchdowns against San Jose State set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in any game and tied the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by any player against an FBS opponent.
Reynolds scored 188 points in 2013, eclipsing the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram in 1917. His 236 points responsible for (31 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns, one two-point conversion) shattered the previous school record of 198 set by Ricky Dobbs in 2009.
The Navy football team finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year. The 2013 team is just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.
Reynolds is just the third sophomore to win the Thompson Cup in the 127-year history of the award and the first sophomore since Roger Staubach, who won the award in 1963. The only other sophomore to win the award was Ben Martin (’46).
Other nominees for the award included Jade Seabrook (women’s soccer), Loren Generi (women’s lacrosse) and Sam Jones (men’s lacrosse)
Zach Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the men’s soccer team was awarded the men’s Coaches’ Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
Davis was the 2013 team captain and helped lead Navy to its best season in 25 years as the Mids finished 16-4-2, won the Patriot League regular season and tournament title and won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 1971. The Mids finished the year ranked 25th in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Davis helped lead a Navy defense that finished 15th in the nation in goals-against average (0.70) and finish with a school record 11 shutouts.
Davis was also a standout in the classroom, earning Capital One / CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America honors as a senior and was a four-time Patriot League Men’s Soccer Academic Honor Roll selection. He graduates tomorrow with a 3.60 GPA in oceanography and is ranked No. 2 in the class in military order of merit.
Davis is the fifth men’s soccer player to win in the 42-year history of the award and the first since Seth Walters in 1995.
Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) of the women’s soccer team was awarded the women’s Coaches’ Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
Hoerner, the 2013 team captain, went 32-7-1 in her two seasons as the starting goalkeeper with 13 solo shutouts and four combined shutouts. She was a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association All-Mid-Atlantic First-Team member and a two time First-Team All-Patriot League selection. She was the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.
Hoerner was a star in the classroom as well as being named a First-Team All-American by Capital One / CoSIDA her senior year and was a two-time Patriot League Women’s Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year. She will graduate tomorrow with a 3.87 grade point average in Oceanography.
Hoerner is the fourth women’s soccer player in the 25-year history of the award to be recognized and the first since Traci Willemse in 2011.