Feb. 2, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Navy rifle team came up short in its bid to reclaim the Star from Army as the Black Knights defeated the Midshipmen, 5822-5755, in the annual five-man match on Saturday afternoon at West Point. In the four-man NCAA scoring system, Navy posted a 2287 in smallbore and a 2333 in air rifle for a total for a total of 4620, which was the team's second-highest score of the season.
Freshman Jodi Cull-Host led Navy in both disciplines on Saturday as she tied her career-high scores in both smallbore (574) and air rifle (587). Army's Michael Matthews (581) and Richard Calvin (591) claimed medalist honors in smallbore and air rifle, respectively.
Another Navy freshman in Zach Gibson stepped up for the Mids on Saturday as well. Gibson shot a career-best 586 in air rifle and his 571 in smallbore was just one point shy of tying his best score in the event.
"Jodi had an excellent match. She and Zach shot well today," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley.
Steven Frazier (572), Ryan Williams (570) and Alex Berry (563) rounded out Navy's scoring five in smallbore. Williams (581), Frazier (579) and Shawn Cleary (568) completed the Mids' air rifle total.
Despite the disappointing outcome, Kelley was pleased with the team's improvement.
"We're much more competitive now than we were in the fall," said Kelley. "We're showing progress week-by-week and if we can continue that, it gives us the possibility to compete in the NCAA Championship this season and it also sets the tone for next year."
The Midshipmen will return home to face Ole Miss tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
"We've got to move on and prepare for tomorrow now because Ole Miss is a talented team and it will be a tough match," said Kelley.