This was the most challenging category to decide upon. Basically I looked at three teams, all of whom could easily be argued as the best team of the year. The most obvious choice would be Men’s tennis.
They have been beyond dominant in the Conference and seem completely untouchable in Landmark Conference play. Their consecutive wins record, 89, against conference opponents is rather astounding. However, the question is whether they really are the best team, or whether their opponents really aren’t very good.
The second team was Men’s soccer. They were, at times, a dominant squad themselves. Watching Kawuba and Greenberg orchestrate the offense was a thing of beauty. However, in the end, when it counted, the team came up short.They did not beat Merchant Marine Academy at home in the playoffs and they did not win a Landmark Conference Championship.
The final team I considered was Women’s soccer. Their run to the Landmark Conference Championship game was a thrill to watch, and they came inches away from forcing top-seeded Scranton into overtime. Additionally, they were the only team thus far to win the ECAC tournament.This was a feat the Men’s soccer team was unable to accomplish. However, they did not play very well in the championship game of the conference and they did not have to face the quality of opponents other teams did.
In the end, I came to understand that the Men’s tennis team really is that good. Any team that can win 89 straight conference games deserves to be named their school’s best team.
I want to reemphasize how good of a year this was in Drew sports. As someone who covered a great deal of the games, I can honestly say that I enjoyed watching this year’s games. It seemed like every team had a shot at making a run in the playoffs, which made the 2010-2011 season thoroughly enjoyable.