Mids Making Waves

Middies beat the Johnnies!  Our very own Ash Davis made the winning shot!

In order  to secure the Annapolis Cup, the winning team must take 3 out of 5 matches. At the start of the 4th match it was Navy 2 and St. Johns 1. Ash Davis and his partner Brian Holloway took Navy to a 3rd win to seal the victory for the Navy team. Ash made the final shot of the 4th match to seal the win for Navy. It was a beautiful day and community turn out was tremendous. An estimated 2000 people attended the match up between the Johnnies & Middies. The Annapolis Cup will be kept at the  Naval Academy until next years croquet match when St. John's & Navy continue a long standing tradition of playing croquet.  This year was the 31st match up for the teams.    


Worth J. Smith III, '15, from Charlotte, NC, received the 2013 Charles McDonough award . It is awarded to the Navy basketball player whose performance, ability and statistics had the greatest impact throughout the season. Worth was also honored this season for entering the record books with David Robinson. 

  Congratulations, Worth!

• Sophomore forward Worth Smith led the team in scoring (10.2 ppg), rebounding (5.4 rpg), blocks (37) and steals (35) ... became the second Navy player in school history (David Robinson) to amass 500 points, 300 rebounds and 50 blocks by end of his sophomore season ... was the only player in the PL with 300 points, 150 rebounds, 35 blocks and 35 steals, and was one of seven freshmen or sophomores nationally to reach those marks ... led team with 21 double-figure scoring games and paced squad in rebounding in 19 of the 31 games.


Navy took spots 1-3 in the pole vault on Saturday, January 26, 2013 and six of the top seven places overall. 
Freshman Jiles Maness of Winston-Salem, NC won the event with a personal-best clear 
of 16-8¾ (5.10m), the fifth-best indoor mark in Navy history.

Pole Vaulter Maness Receives Patriot League Accolade

Freshman Jaie Maness named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

Jaie Maness

Jaie Maness

Dec. 3, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Freshman pole vaulter Jaie Maness has been named the Patriot League M-F Athletic Men's Track and Field Rookie of the Week, the league office announced today. Maness wins the league's first rookie of the week honor of the 2012-13 season.

Maness won the pole vault at the 13-team season-opening Navy Invitational on Saturday with a clear of 16-2¾ (4.95m). Maness' clear matched Navy's season-best mark from the 2011-12 indoor season and also qualified him for the IC4A Championship in what was his collegiate debut.

The 6-foot-4 Maness led a Navy pole vault contingent that swept spots one through six in the event at the non-scored meet. Sophomore Mark Vetere also cleared an IC4A-qualiying height of 15-9 (4.80m) to place second.

Navy has won the pole vault at each of the past two Patriot League Indoor Championships. Junior Ryan Kochert won the event as a freshman in 2011 and Vetere won in 2012.

Maness earned all-state honors in the pole vault while at Robert B. Glenn High School in Winston Salem, N.C.

Navy will be off until January 6 when the team competes at Princeton in a dual meet. 

Tucker Hull, Attack, Navy

Inside Lacrosse, August 2012
Providence High alumni, Charlotte, NC native makes the news again.

(Photo: Larry French)

The 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Tucker Hull continued to be a consistent offensive force for the Midshipmen as a sophomore in 2012 — he led Navy in goals (23), assists (24) and points (47), becoming Navy's first 40-point scorer since 2008. He earned second-team All-Patriot League honors.

Between summer classes and training for the Naval Academy, Hull has a busy summer ahead, but took some time out to answer your questions. 

Aimee F. from San Antonio: Can you talk about the connection you have built with Sam Jones? You guys have hung up some gaudy numbers this season. Are you close off the field too?
We are close as brothers. It’s great finding a complementary player. He fills the gaps in my game and I do the same for him. That way we can focus on what our strengths are and rely on each other to pick up at the things we aren’t so great at.

Jason M. from Charlotte, NC: What was it like transition to a new coach like Rick Sowell?  How do you think that transition is unique being at a service academy?
It actually went quite smoothly. I think being from a service academy made the transition easier due to everyone on the team realizing “change of commands” happen all the time and will be a part of our lives when we serve our country after graduation.

Pat from Minneapolis: Can you go through an approximate run down of a typical day for a Navy lacrosse player, balancing academic, athletic, and military commitments?
0600 wake up
0700 breakfast and military formation
0800-1145 classes
1200 lunch and military formation
1320-1520 classes
1545-1830 practice
1850 dinner
1910-2300 homework, lots of it. All plebes (freshmen) take at least 20 credits both semesters of their first year.
2300-2400 try and knock out any personal things
2400-0600 sleep as much as possible --- the key to survival at the Academy is finding as much time as possible to take naps

Terry from Ohio: Who would win in a fight — an army of teddy grahams or a troop of gummy bears?
Neither. A SEAL team of animal crackers took out both for fun on their way back from Pakistan.

Jack from Severna Park, Md.: With no Patriot League tourney bid and no NCAA tourney bid, how big was the win against Hopkins to close the season? Can you talk about that game and what it was like?
It was bittersweet. That 8-2 win over Hopkins was the definition of leaving it all on the field. Every one of our guys played their hearts out, especially our goalie and our defense. As an offensive player, it was almost surreal knowing that we could have only scored 3 goals and still won that game. Yet at the end we knew that was it for us all.

Jeff P. from Annapolis: Were you injured last fall and if so, how hungry/refreshed were you coming back from injury and playing this year and what did you do to rehab and get back on the field?
Actually, I was just playing terrible lacrosse in the fall, no excuses there. But speaking of injuries, I did have an inguinal hernia for half of the spring season which I had surgery for in June.

Acacia from Dallas: What attracted you to Navy and the military route? Did you look at other college options?
I didn’t get recruited very heavily until late in my high school career since I was from North Carolina. Because I was not heavily recruited early on, most schools that were recruiting me asked me to commit with almost no scholarship or financial aid, which was completely out of the question.

I always knew I wanted to eventually serve my country, but I actually didn't know anything about the academy until I took a visit at which point I fully understood the magnitude of opportunity the school provided. The value of the education and the job opportunities afterwards are invaluable and I couldn’t pass the academy up.

Ben from Maryland: What is it like balancing school work, life at the Naval Academy, and lacrosse?
It’s not so much balance as it is juggling. You can’t do everything at once, so sometimes you’ve got to throw one thing up in the air and hope you handle the other two well enough to eventually be ready to catch the first thing when it comes back down again.

Jessica from Durham: Coming from North Carolina, what do you think of the sport here and how it's grown? How does it compare to what you've seen since you've been in Maryland?
I think North Carolina is producing some great players! John Haus, Mike Sawyer and Tony Mendes are all performing better than anyone could have expected. The quality of the top players is equal, but the quantity is not. The top summer ball teams from NC are as good as any of the teams out there, but NC only produces one or two of those summer ball teams a year whereas MD could have 10 or more top tier summer ball teams. Give it a few more years and it will even out I’m sure.

Alex from Connecticut: What do you plan on doing after the academy?
It’s a five year minimum service upon graduation and I have considered everything the academy has to offer from Surface Warfare, to Pilot, to Marine Corps. At this point, I still have no idea what area I will pursue.

James P. from Pittsburgh, Pa.: What's your favorite meal? And do you have any pregame superstitions or rituals?
My favorite meal is what is in front of me … except lasagna. My pregame rituals include me listening to “Feel I Bring” by Aer and Sam Jones and I drinking a Monster energy drink but not speaking a word while we do.

Jamieson from Six Nations, Ontario: What is your proudest moment as a lacrosse player?
Hearing that a family friend’s youngest son started playing because he looked up to me. 



Worth Smith is making a difference on the Navy basketball team as a plebe!

  Worth Smith
Worth Smith
Player Profile

Mooresville, N.C.

High School:
Charlotte Christian

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 196



HIGH SCHOOL: Smith lettered three times at the small forward position at Charlotte Christian High School, graduating in 2011 ... attended Lake Norman High School as a freshman ... ranked as the 111th-best small forward nationally by ESPN.com and the 55th-best prospect in the state of North Carolina ... outstanding two-way player that averaged about 10.0 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game and over a block per game as a senior ... overcome a slew of injuries, including emergency brain surgery as an 11-year old to remove an abscess caused by a sinus infection ... is now 100 percent healthy and uses his speed and explosiveness well on the hardwood ... competed in the 20th annual Charlotte Pro-Am All-Star Basketball Game ... played in Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge, which featured the top 80 high school underclassmen basketball players in the state of North Carolina (Classes 2011-13) ... scored 18 points against West Orange (Fla.) in the prestigious Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament ... led team to a runner-up finish in the Gonzaga DC Classic played in American's Bender Arena in early December, tallying 13 points in a title-game setback to Gonzaga College High School ... traveled with an all-star high school basketball team to France last summer ... was teammates with Anthony Gill, a 6-8 forward who signed with South Carolina ... had offers from Furman, the Citadel and Western Carolina

Navy's freshmen (mostly Worth Smith, Brandon Venturini, Donya Jackson and Jared Smoot) are averaging 23.3 points per game over the last three games, accounting for 70 of Navy's 174 points during that span (40.2 percent). The group scored 32 points against Colgate, the most for the freshman class against a Division I foe this year. The group is shooting 29-of-61 (.475) from the field during that span.

J.J. Avila, Worth Smith and Jordan Sugars have grabbed 347 of Navy's 621 rebounds, averaging 17.4 rebounds per game between them while grabbing 55.9 percent of Navy's rebounds. All three of them average at least 4.9 rebounds per game.

Congrats, Worth, on such a fine start to your Navy playing career!


Alex Heyward and teammate Tucker Hull returned to NC on 1/28/12 as the Navy Men’s lacrosse team scrimmaged Duke in Durham.  The young Navy squad under new head coach Rick Sowell competed well against Duke who is ranked #2 in the country for the preseason.  Navy will travel to scrimmage UVA, ranked #1 in the country, on 2/4/12.  The regular season will start on 2/11/12 against VMI.



Alex Heyward


Alex Heyward

Player Profile


Charlotte, N.C.

High School:
Ardrey Kell

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 180


More on Heyward: A 2010 graduate of Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C., Heyward attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2010-11 academic year ... a three-sport standout who lettered in lacrosse (4), football (1) and swimming (1) ... a two-time all-county lacrosse player who garnered Honorable Mention All-State (N.C.) honors his senior year ... served as team captain of the lacrosse team his junior and senior years ... named the team MVP as a senior ... member of the National Technical Honor Society ... his father, Sandy, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1984 ... his grandfather, Shannon Heyward, graduated from the Academy in 1957 and was a three-time All-American lacrosse player for the Midshipmen under the legendary Dinty Moore ... his great grandfather, Alexander Heyward, graduated from the Academy in 1930 ... full name is Alexander Nicholson Heyward ... born Aug. 12, 1992, in Jacksonville, Fla. ... son of Sandy and Doreen Heyward.