Oct. 27, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.V. -
The No. 12 Navy rifle team played its first road mach of the season on Saturday at No. 1 West Virginia and fell, 4710-4613, to the Mountaineers. WVU improved to 5-0 with the win, while Navy is now 1-1.
West Virginia bested Navy 2345-2290 in smallbore and 2365-2323 in air rifle. The Mids' 2290 in smallbore tied a season high.
"West Virginia shot as well as they normally do today," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "We have a young team and there were some indications of our inexperience on the road."
Steven Frazier shot a personal-best score of 581 in smallbore to lead all Mids in the discipline. WVU's Garrett Spurgeon led all smallbore shooters with a total of 589.
Ryan Williams (577), Zach Gibson (572), Jodi Cull-Host (560) and Alex Berry (555) were Navy's scorers in smallbore.
Cull-Host led Navy in air rifle with a 586. Ryan Williams (583), Frazier (579), Gibson (575) and Shawn Cleary (569) rounded out Navy's scoring five.
"Jodi had a very solid day in air rifle," said Kelley. "She got off to rocky start in smallbore, and also in air rifle, but recovered from that very well and posted a solid score."
Navy will continue its road swing next weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo., where it will meet Army and Air Force for the President's Trophy.
"Today allowed us to measure ourselves against the No. 1 team in the country," said Kelley. "I think this series of road matches is really going to pay off for us in the long run. The experience we're gaining will be immeasurable down the road."