Feb. 4, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy rifle team fell short in its attempt to reclaim the Star from Army on Saturday as the Black Knights held off Navy, 4674-4567, in Annapolis at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. Army (7-3) topped Navy (6-2) in air rifle, 2352-2306, and then in smallbore, 2322-2261, as the Black Knights posted their best combined score of the season.
"I was proud of our team today because we never gave up," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "We've got a very young team with five plebes, so that says a lot about the character of our group. Even when we were struggling at times today, we didn't fold."
Army shooters recorded the four highest scores of the day in smallbore, led by Kelly Buck, who fired a 586. Steven Frazier paced Navy in the discipline as he registered a 576, eclipsing his season average of 573.1. The team's lone senior, Allison Paulson, followed with a 569, while Ryan Williams and Brandon Thompson rounded out Navy's top four with scores of 563 and 553, respectively.
Frazier tied Army's Michael Matthews for the third-best score of the day in the air rifle disciple as both recorded a 586. Frazier's score of 586 was nearly 10 points higher than his season average. The Mids' Williams and Paulson posted identical scores of 577, while Thompson rounded out Navy's top-four with a 566.
Buck recorded the top score in the air rifle competition with a 592, followed by Richard Calvin's 589.
Despite the loss, Kelley was encouraged with the performances of several of the team's freshmen.
"The performance Alex Berry had today was absolutely outstanding," said Kelley. "For shooting smallbore a total of just two weeks in her entire life, I was very pleased. Julius Melero also had some good numbers."
Berry's top score of the day was a 563 in air rifle, while Melero fired a 510 in the smallbore discipline.
Navy will be back in action next weekend when the Mids shoot against John Jay in the NCAA Qualifier on Feb. 12 in Annapolis. The NCAA Championships are on March 11-12 in Columbus, Ga.