Navy women’s lacrosse player earns Patriot League sportsmanship award
Jul 11, 2019 | 5:32 PM
The Patriot League officially announced the 2018-19 recipients of the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award and Navy women’s lacrosse player Anne Richter was the female winner.
Richter was selected through a vote by administrators of the League’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). On the men’s side, Lehigh men’s tennis player Sam Bencheghib was selected.
The Patriot League Sportsmanship Award is in its 14th year after being created to honor student-athletes that uphold the principles on which the League was founded – fairness, equality and excellence in academics and athletics. Each of the League’s 10 full member institutions is eligible to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the honor.
The Patriot League has established this Sportsmanship Award to recognize and honor those who demonstrate the values of respect and integrity through a specific action ideally directed towards an opponent. Nominees must have consistently demonstrated the values of respect and integrity in his or her daily participation in intercollegiate athletics.
Richter, a four-year varsity performer, started on defense in 20 games this season while picking up 29 ground balls and causing 12 turnovers as a senior. In the classroom, the mechanical engineering major graduated with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Richter was also chosen as a first team CoSIDA Academic All-American and member of the 2019 Academic All-Patriot League Team. The Hinsdale, Illinois native was named a Marshall Scholar, one of 48 students throughout the country, and will study mechanical engineering at Sheffield and Cambridge in England next year.
Also a Bowman Scholar, Richter will be one of 17 women to join the submarine force and pursue independent research with nuclear applications following her time in England. She has been a devoted leader at the U.S. Naval Academy, tutoring teammates and more than 800 fellow midshipmen with academic studies, helping develop academic plans to graduate on time and serve in the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
Richter was placed in charge of 80 incoming Naval Academy freshmen and 12 instructors to guide and mentor them as they adjust to military life during their rigorous three-week training period. She has also served as team captain of the It’s On Us Bystander Intervention Core Team, teaching college-age students interpersonal skills that have proven to decrease incidents of sexual assault.
Navy Football: Navy football had 20 players named to the 2018 American Athletic Conference All-Academic team. To make the team, student-athletes must have a 3.0 grade point average for the 2018-19 academic year.
Navy had six seniors (majors in parenthesis) selected in Cameron Dudeck (Quantitative Economics), Elijah Jones (Political Science), Brady Peterson (Political Science), Stephen Satchell (History), Matt Stewart (Political Science) and Andrew Wood (Operations Research).
Among the freshmen were Peter Brown (Quantitative Economics), Jack Clancy (Arabic), Ben Fee (Quantitative Economics), Isaac Ruoss (Quantitative Economics) and Michael Salisbury (Quantitative Economics).