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Spring weather triumphs at Croquet, Johnnies fall

Originally Posted on admin, April 14, 2014

St. John's 1 -  Navy 4

Alumni, students and the wider community packed the front lawn of the Annapolis campus for a celebrated rite of spring: the Annual St. John's – U.S. Naval Academy Croquet match.  More than 3,500 attended in festive attire –top hats, seersucker, pearls, and feathered hats that rivaled those of the Kentucky Derby --for champagne picnics, swing dancing, and reunions with friends and faculty.  Amid the joyous outpouring of spring fever the two teams played a closely contested match.  From the first opening shot at 1 p.m. To the final swing after 8 p.m., the Midshipmen and Johnnies jousted for the beloved Annapolis Cup.  Navy made history, winning for the first time two years in a row.  Imperial Wicket and St. John's senior Samuel Collins led the charge against Navy after the Johnnies revealed their uniforms: Greek togas.  "I wanted something that would make a statement," Collins says, "The togas are a return to our roots."