Oct. 24, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy rifle team will head to Lincoln, Neb. for its first Great American Rifle Conference match in program history. Beginning at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) on Saturday, the seventh-ranked University of Nebraska Cornhuskers will host the 11th-ranked Mids.
Navy comes into the matchup undefeated after sweeping two days of competition at the season-opening Navy Invitational and then outscoring the University of Sciences on Oct. 12. Nebraska is 0-1 after narrowly losing to No. 4 West Virginia on Oct. 13 by a score of 4,655-4,650.
Navy and Nebraska have met three prior times with the Mids holding a 2-1 edge in the series. The two programs last met on Jan. 13, 2008 at the Palmyra Invite in Palmyra, Pa. Navy squeaked out a 4,583-4,582 victory.
Last Time Out
The Navy rifle team earned a 4,626-3,985 victory over the University of Sciences in its first head-to-head match of the 2013-14 season at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. The Mids cruised to the win over the Devils with a 2,297-point showing in smallbore and a 2,329-point effort in air rifle.
Individually, Steven Frazier led the Mids with 1,169 combined points. Frazier was the high-scorer in both the smallbore and air rifle events with scores of 584 and 585, respectively. In the air rifle competition, the senior shot 96 or better in all six frames.
Freshman Dan Jonas was also strong versus USP in both disciplines as he shot a 575 in smallbore and a 584 in air rifle.
Nebraska began its 2013-14 season on Sunday, Oct. 13 at home versus West Virginia. In the GARC contest between two 2013 NCAA Championship competitors, the Mountaineers defeated the Huskers 4,655 to 4,650. Sophomore Denise Martin led Nebraska with a combined smallbore and air rifle score of 1,162. In air rifle action, fellow sophomore Maggie Mical shot a team-high 588. A young team, Nebraska’s roster has two seniors, a junior and seven underclassmen.
Single-Competition Stat Leaders
Navy (2013 Season – 3 Competitions)
Individual Smallbore – 584, Steven Frazier vs. USP (10/12/13)
Individual Air Rifle – 586, Jodi Cull-Host/Dan Jonas
Individual Overall – 1169, Steven Frazier vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Smallbore – 2297 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Air Rifle – 2329 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Overall – 4626 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Nebraska (2013 Season – 1 Competition)
Individual Smallbore – 581, Denise Martin vs. West Virginia (10/13/13)
Individual Air Rifle – 588, Maggie Mical, vs. WVU (10/13/13)
Individual Overall – 1162, Denise Martin vs. WVU (10/13/13)
Team Smallbore – 2315 vs. WVU (10/13/13)
Team Air Rifle – 2335 vs. WVU (10/13/13)
Team Overall – 4650 vs. WVU (10/13/13)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Kelley on this week’s matchup with Nebraska ...
“We’re very excited about this weekend’s matchup. This is the program’s first GARC match and first trip to Lincoln. It should be a very close competition versus a team that was in the NCAA Championship last year. Nebraska is a very solid team and we’ll have to have a strong performance. Our team has shown that is it capable of shooting scores to match up well with Nebraska, so we will just have to execute on Saturday. We should find out where we rank versus NCAA Championship caliber programs after Saturday.”