Jan. 19, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Alaska rifle team outscored Navy by 33 points in the smallbore discipline and 29 points in air rifle to cruise past Navy, 4650 - 4588, on Thursday afternoon at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
The loss drops Navy to 4-1 overall in dual-meet action.
Navy struggled in the smallbore discipline, tallying a season-low 2270. The Mids were led by Steven Frazier with a 578 and Allison Paulson with a 570. The Mids' next two scores came from Ryan Williams (562) and Britney Thornton at 560. Navy entered the match averaging almost a 2282 in smallbore in six prior events.
Meanwhile, Alaska's five scores were all above 569 with its four counting scores at least 571.
"It wasn't quite what we are looking to shoot as we always want to shoot better. But considering all we are up against, it wasn't bad. We had two plebes that had to start today and they just lack experience," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley.
Navy, however, bounced back to record a strong effort in air rifle, totaling a 2318, just off its season high of 2337 in its last outing in mid-November.
Williams totaled a 585 to garner top team honors while Frazier added a 583. Paulson fired a 578 and freshman Alex Berry shot a 572 in just her second match.
Alaska's four counting scores were at least 583.
"Steven Frazier shot well today. He was very consistent in both guns," said Kelley. "We are hanging together and when I look at what we shot at as a team, I am encouraged that we haven't let up and are still in the hunt for the NCAAs. We still have a lot of spirit and there is no quitting in this team. We are going to Philadelphia and hopefully we can improve our scores twice this weekend."
Navy will take on the University of the Sciences on both Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia.
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