Oct. 2, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy rifle team improved its team score by 13 points, but Akron improved by 43 points to place first on the second day of the MAC Rifle Tournament, outgunning the Mids, 4610 - 4608, at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
Navy totaled a 2285 score in smallbore, an 11-point improvement from Saturday and a 2317 in air rifle, a two-point improvement from Saturday, but it wasn't enough to overcome a strong effort by Akron which shot school records in both disciplines.
Since it was a tournament, team records are not affected by the outcome as Coast Guard (4297) and Massachusetts Maritime (3552) also competed today.
"Akron shot a team record in both disciplines today and showed they are a very capable team that was good enough today to beat us. I have to give them a lot of credit," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "Our squad improved again today and that was a good sign. Ryan Williams continues to shoot very well, earning medalist honors in smallbore, and Steven Frazier and Allison Paulson kept it together for us in smallbore."
Navy's 2285 in smallbore consisted on a 583 by Williams, a 573 by Paulson, a 570 by Frazier and a 559 by freshman Brandon Thompson.
The 2317 in air rifle was comprised of Williams' 589, Paulson's 582, Frazier's 577 and Carol Boyd's 575.
"We need to find that fourth and fifth shooter and we are relying on plebes right now. They just don't have the match experience and level of training this far along," said Kelley. "I am proud of what we did today. I don't like to lose, but I think we are heading in the right direction."
Navy hosts the University of the Sciences next Saturday at 9:00 pm at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
# GO NAVY #