Jan. 21, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -
The Navy rifle team picked up a pair of wins over the University of the Sciences as it defeated the Devils on Friday evening and again on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa. The Mids put up an identical total score of 4549 on both Friday and Saturday as they improved to 6-1 in dual meets this season.
Despite the victories, Navy coach Bill Kelley knows the Midshipmen must shoot better in the coming weeks leading up to the MAC Championship on Feb. 25.
"We can definitely shoot better than we have here the last two days," said Kelley "We need our upperclassmen to step up in getting ready for Army. We need their leadership and performances to reflect their capabilities."
On Friday, it was sophomore Steven Frazier and junior Ryan Williams that led Navy to victory. Frazier fired a team-high 569 and Williams a 568 to help Navy total a score of 2255 in the smallbore discipline, topping USP's 1766.
In air rifle, it was Williams leading the way for with a 582, while Frazier followed with a 578. The Mids' season-low air rifle score of 2294 was still enough to best USP's 1982 in the discipline.
Navy defeated USP, 4549-4258, on Saturday, but again the Mids struggled to find their form.
Frazier improved his total from the day before by two points in the smallbore as he fired a 571. Allison Paulson had the team's second-highest total in the discipline with a 563, but the Mids combined for a season-low score of 2251.
Williams was Navy's best shooter in the air rifle again on Saturday as he posted a 579. Paulson was second for Navy with a 578, while Frazier was third with a 573 as Navy totaled a 2298.
The University of the Sciences posted a 2122 in the smallbore and 2136 in the air rifle for a total of 4258 on Saturday.
The Mids will next host Army in their second to last dual of the season on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 9 a.m.
"We're anxious to get back to work and get ready to face Army," said Kelley.