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The 31st Annual Croquet Match:
U.S. Naval Academy Ends St. John’s College’s Winning Streak
FOR RELEASE: April 20, 2013
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey, 410-972-4511
Etiquette, good sportsmanship, and nostalgic attire ruled at the 31st Annual Croquet Match on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Under crystalline spring skies the U.S Naval Academy’s croquet team upended the reigning champs, St. John’s College, with a final score of 4 to 1 in one of the longest games since the match began 31 years ago. The Johnnies have won 25 times; Navy has taken home the shiny Annapolis Cup only 6 times.
Etiquette ruled as the Johnnies, attired in red-and-white striped “Where's Waldo” uniforms, played like true gentlemen and women–no trash talk, only spectators with champagne picnics on the sidelines of this spirited, friendly match. Drew Menzer, the Imperial Wicket–team captain–for the St. John’s team, graciously acknowledged defeat after several close rounds of play. “Navy played an ‘A’ game, “ said the St. John’s senior from Granville, Ohio. “Croquet is a grueling sport,” he says in jest. “As long as you are having fun, you are doing it right.”
Annapolis mayor Josh Cohen was on hand to award the Annapolis Cup to the triumphant Navy team, led by Midshipman First Class Ross Herman, of Marietta, Ga.; Herman is USNA Imperial Wicket.
Throughout the afternoon some 2000 spectators, including alumni from St. John’s College and the Naval Academy, thronged onto campus to celebrate the annual match and enjoy a fine spring day with elaborate picnics, costumes, swing dancing; some even kept score.
St. John’s will compete again against several colleges and universities in the National Croquet Championships, held the last weekend in April at the Merion Cricket Club in Merion, Pa.