Nov. 2, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Senior Michael Matthews was medalist in smallbore and runner-up in air rifle as Army's rifle team reclaimed the President's Trophy Match for the seventh time in the last nine years after edging defending champion Air Force, 5809-5800, at Bancroft Hall Rifle Range on the campus of host Navy. The Midshipmen finished a distant third (5750) followed by Coast Guard (5510) in rounding out the service-academy field.
In the five-man scoring format employed in this meet, Army fired a 2872 in smallbore and 2937 in air rifle. In the NCAA four-man composite, the Black Knights outpointed the Falcons 4654-4649 followed by Navy (4609) and Coast Guard (4435).
The Black Knights, ranked fourth nationally, set a season high 2349 in air rifle, while posting their second highest score of the season in smallbore (2305) and aggregate (4654). Army swept team honors in both disciplines, edging No. 6 Air Force by two points in smallbore (2305) and three in air rifle (2346) en route to its five-point edging of the Falcons in the NCAA format.
Matthews, a two-time All-American in smallbore, tied his season high besting the field in that discipline with a 584 in prevailing over the Falcons' Meredith Carpentier, who posted a 582. Carpentier denied Matthews from sweeping both events after edging him in air rifle by a point with a 590. The Army senior posted a season best 589, improving upon his previous high by two points, en route to a combined score of 1173.
Senior Richard Calvin, an All-American in air rifle, tied for third-place honors in his signature event with a 588 in sharing that spot with two others, to include freshman teammate Allen Solida, who set a personal best after shattering his previous high by 16 points. Freshman Marvin Lewis and sophomore Olivia Nardone tied for sixth place with identical 586s. Matthews, Calvin, Lewis, Nardone and Solida rounded out Army's firing unit in air rifle.
Joining Matthews on Army's scoring unit in smallbore were sophomore Alyssa Gestl (577), senior All-American Joseph Todaro (574), freshman Danielle Cuomo (570) and Nardone (567). Gestl nipped Navy's Steven Frazier by a point for fifth place with Todaro earning the sixth spot as three Black Knights finished in the top six, to include medalist.
"I am very pleased with our performance today," noted Army coach Ron Wigger. "It was a pressure match for us trying to get the trophy back. We hung on in a very close meet."
Army (2-2) is idle next week before returning to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it visits Ohio State in closing out its fall slate.