ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Senor Michael Matthews earned medalist honors in smallbore and team captain Joe Todaro was third in smallbore and air rifle in leading No. 5 Army to a 5,800-5,783 victory against arch-rival No. 13 Navy in the “Star” match at Bancroft Hall Rifle Range Saturday.
The victory is Army’s fifth consecutive “Star” win against the Midshipmen and eighth in the past nine years under head coach Ron Wigger as the Black Knights pulled ahead in the all-time series 42-32.
In addition to winning the five-counter scoring employed in a service-academy match, No. 5-ranked Army edged No. 13 Navy in the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) match (4,640-4,636) in the NCAA four-man format.
The Black Knights picked up their second win during the winter portion of their schedule in leveling their season mark at 4-4 and moving to 2-3 in the GARC, while Navy fell to 1-4 in the conference.
It is the second consecutive year that Matthews copped medalist honors in smallbore against his Navy counterparts. His 584 edged Midshipman Zach Gibson’s mark by two points with Todaro and Richard Calvin grabbing third and fourth place with respective scores of 580 and 578. The latter mark was a season best for Calvin. Freshmen Allen Solida (574) and Danielle Cuomo (568) rounded out Army’s five-man scoring contingent.
Army’s domination in smallbore played a key role in the Black Knights’ five-man and four-man decisions against the Midshipmen. Army outpointed Navy by 20 points in smallbore (2884-2864) in the five-man scoring and nine points (2306-2297) in the NCAA format.
Navy took team honors in air rifle in both the five-counter (2,919-2,916) and the NCAA (2,339-2,334) format. The Midshipmen claimed medalist honors with Daniel Jonas and Alex Berry sharing that spot with identical 586s, but Todaro was just a point behind (585) sharing third place with Navy’s Jodie Cull-Host.
Army made a push with sophomore Alyssa Gestl leading a sweep of the fifth through seventh places. Gestl posted a 584, Matthews was sixth (583) and Calvin seventh (582) with Cuomo (572) rounding out Army’s five-man unit.
No. 6 Nebraska 4,652, No. 10 Murray State 4,593
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Sixth-ranked Nebraska won the first of two matches this weekend when it defeated No. 10 Murray State on Saturday by a score of 4,652-4,593.
The Huskers were ahead after smallbore by 22 points. Lauren Phillips finished with a 580 in smallbore and Rachel Martin ended with a 576 to help the team gain the lead. The team’s smallbore total was 2,298.
“We struggled during smallbore today, [but] during the changeover to air rifle we rallied together and recognized we needed to raise our energy and get excited to compete,” head coach Stacy Underwood said. “Our team did a great job making that mental adjustment and finishing strong in air rifle.”
Kelsey Hansen helped Nebraska get the win in air rifle with a score of 591. This is Hansen’s third consecutive match where she has scored a 591 or higher in air rifle. Nebraska finished with a total air rifle score of 2,354.
Kelsey Emme and Bill Harvey who both fired a 571 led Murray State in smallbore, but the Racers still trailed at the start of air rifle. Despite a good effort in air rifle the Racers were not able to get the win against the Huskers. Murray State’s total smallbore score was 2,276 and the team’s total air rifle score was 2,317.