Annual Rifle Star Match Awaits No. 13 Navy and No. 5 Army
Jan. 30, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy rifle team will look to carry over its fast start to 2014 this weekend when it hosts Army in the annual star match. After shooting its second and fourth-highest aggregate scores of the season in Philadelphia at the University of Sciences on Jan. 17 and 18, the No. 13 Mids will take on the fifth-ranked Black Knights on Saturday, Feb. 1. The teams are scheduled to begin the action at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range at 8 a.m.
All-time, Army leads the series 41-31 with the Black Knights earning wins in each of the last four matchups by a minimum of 32 points.
Last Time Out
The Navy rifle team put together a pair of strong performances at the University of Sciences as they opened with a 4,626-point outing on Friday, Jan. 17 before shooting a 4,622 on Saturday.
Both matches had standout results in one discipline as the Mids shot a season-best 2,314 in smallbore in Friday's match with a 2,312 showing in air rifle. The opposite result occurred on Saturday as Navy shot a 2,293 in smallbore before registering its second-highest air rifle score of the season, 2,329.
Zach Gibson led the Mids versus USP as he registered a 1,155 aggregate score on Friday and followed it up with a team-best 1,162 on Saturday on the strength of a career-high 589 in air rifle. Gibson came into the weekend averaging a 1,149 aggregate score over his first seven competition of the season.
Alex Berry nearly equaled Gibson's output on the weekend as she shot a 1,158 on Friday and a 1,156 on Saturday.
The Black Knights
The No. 5 team in the most recent CRCA rankings, the Black Knights are coming off of a NRA sectional shoot on Jan. 24 at USP in which they registered 4,642 points. In head-to-head competition in the 2014 portion of its schedule, Army is 1-1 as it defeated No. 10 Murray State, 4,668-4,652 and fell to No. 2 Kentucky 4,697-4,655.
Senior Joseph Todaro leads the Black Knights in smallbore action as he has recorded a season-best 586 score. Fellow senior Richard Calvin highlights Army's air rifle squad as he holds the season-high mark of 595.
Navy (2013/14 Season - Stats through 9 Competitions)
Highest Smallbore Score - Steven Frazier, 584 (USP 10/12/13)
Highest Air Rifle Score - Zach Gibson, 589 (at USP 1/18/14)
Team Smallbore - 2,297 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Air Rifle - 2,332 vs. WVU & NC State (11/16/13)
Team Aggregate - 4,627 vs. WVU & NC State (11/16/13)
Army (2013/14 Season - Stats through 9 Competitions)
Highest Smallbore Score - Joseph Todaro, 586
Highest Air Rifle Score - Richard Calvin, 595
Team Smallbore - 2,325 at West Virginia (10/26/13)
Team Air Rifle - 2,352 vs Kentucky (1/19/14)
Team Aggregate - 4,669 at West Virginia (10/26/13)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Kelley on this weekend's matchup ...
"This is a match that we circle every year on our schedule. As soon as we get together at the beginning of each new school year, the preparation for Army begins. Even more long-term, our recruiting and training has been elevated as we look to continue the growth of our program and get the results that we aim to get both nationally and versus Army in star matches."
"In a comparison of our most recent matches, Army shot 16 points better than us, which is a decent amount, but not insurmountable. The improvement that I've seen week in and week out from this team leads me to believe that this is shaping up to be on of the closest matches that this rivalry has seen in recent history."