Naval Academy Announces Major Athletic Award Winners

May 24, 2007

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The United States Naval Academy announced its major athletic award winners Thursday afternoon at the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony at Alumni Hall.

Outside linebacker David Mahoney (Fort Myers, Fla.) was named the winner of the NAAA Sword for Men, 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.

Mahoney, who earned 41 career starts and was named First-Team All-East last fall, finished second all-time at Navy in tackles for a loss (42) and sacks (21). He was the standout of a senior class that became the first in school history to post a perfect 8-0 mark against Army and Air Force, win four-straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophies and appear in four-straight bowl games. Navy's 35 wins over the past four years are the second most in school history.

Mahoney is the 69th football player to win the award, which was established in 1893, and the first since Craig Candeto in 2004.

Soccer standout Meggie Curran (Silver Spring, Md.) 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.

A three-time First-Team All-Patriot League selection, Curran became the program's first All-American when she was named to the third team last fall.

She led Navy to a 21-2-1 record last fall as Navy advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. She finished her career as the school's all-time assist leader with 42, second all-time in scoring with 118 points and fourth all-time on the goals list with 38.

Curran is the fourth women's soccer player to win the award, established in 1980, and the first since Kate Macfarlane in 2003.

Junior pitcher/outfielder Mitch Harris (Mt. Holly, N.C.) was awarded 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.

Harris finished the 2007 season with an 8-5 record and a 2.14 ERA on the mound and hit .293 with eight home runs and 47 RBIs to lead Navy to a school-record 35 wins. Harris struck out 119 batters on the season, the second most in school history, as opponents hit just .181 against him.

His eight home runs and 47 RBIs led the Patriot League. Over the last two seasons on the mound, Harris is 18-8 with a 1.95 ERA and 232 strikeouts in 171 innings.

Harris is the 22nd baseball player to win the award since it was established in 1894 and the first since Craig Candeto, who also was the starting quarterback on the football team, in 2003. Harris is just the second winner of the trophy who played just baseball (20 of the 22 played an additional sport), joining 1980 winner Michael Mullikin on the exclusive list. Harris is also the first junior to win the award since Candeto.

Water polo team captain Todd Carlson (Modesto, Calif.) was awarded the men's Coaches' Calvert Award, presented to that man in the graduating class who has persevered the most in his career.

Carlson led the Navy water polo team to a 24-7 record and the school's 12th NCAA Tournament. The Mids' 24 wins are the seventh most in school history.

Carlson ranked fourth on the team in points (55) and was second in assists (37). In his four years, the Navy water polo team compiled a 90-34 record and won two Eastern championships.

Carlson is the fourth member of the water polo team to win the award, which was started in 1973, and is the first since Barry Shaw in 2002.

Justine Whipple (Duxbury, Mass.) was awarded the women's Coaches' Calvert Award, presented to that woman in the graduating class who has persevered the most in her career.

Whipple was a two-time First-Team All-Patriot League cross country runner and was First-Team All-Patriot League in five distance events as a member of the track team. Whipple led the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field teams to a combined record of 22-0. The indoor track team went undefeated her last two seasons, while the outdoor team was undefeated her final three campaigns. She posted the third-fastest time at the USNA Cross Country Course this year against Army and owns the school record in the indoor 5,000-meter run (16:40.86).

Whipple is the sixth cross country/track athlete to win the award, which started in 1970, and the first since Zoe Cawlfield in 1988.

Meggie Curran