Oct. 31, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army's rifle team heads to Annapolis, Md., looking to reclaim the President's Trophy after having its three-year reign snapped by Air Force last year. Navy will host Saturday's match with the meet starting 8 a.m at Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. Coast Guard joins the Black Knights, Falcons and Midshipmen in rounding out the four-team service academy field.
The Black Knights (2-2) are ranked fourth in the latest Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) poll, jumping eight spots based on last week's performance, with Air Force sixth and Navy 15th.
Despite bowing to West Virginia, 4695-4669, Army's aggregate score as well as its air rifle (2344) and smallbore (2325) marks were season highs. It was also season bests for the Mountaineers, who took over the top-ranked spot.
Three Black Knights are among the top-15 shooters in the country in this week's poll based on their performance against WVU. Army team captain Joseph Todaro tied his career high in smallbore with a 585 to earn runner-up honors against the Mountaineers, and his score is tied with two others for the third-highest mark fired last week. Michael Matthews' 583 tied with five for ninth place, and freshman Allen Solida's personal best 581 shared 15th place. Todaro and Matthews are NRA All-Americans in smallbore.
Air rifle has been Army's strength with All-American Richard Calvin, Matthews and Olivia Nardone ranked among the top individuals in the country after firing identical 587s last week that earned them a share of 20th place.
Air Force (2-0), an NCAA participant last year, opened its season last week with a pair of wins over UTEP. The Falcons' season highs are a 4656 aggregate, a 2353 air rifle and 2299 smallbore, and its air rifle score is the highest among the service-academy field. Meredith Carpenter has fired a 595 in air rifle and Kevyn Stinett is next with a 590, while the Falcons top score in smallbore is a 581.
Navy (1-1) comes into the meet with a season-best 4626 aggregate, a 2329 in air rifle and 2297 in smallbore with its top individual mark in air a 586 and highest smallbore score a 584.
Army and Coast Guard met two weeks ago at West Pont with the Black Knights outshooting the Bears in both disciplines en route to a 4624-4367 victory. Matthews earned medalist honors in smallbore (582) and freshman Marvin Lewis was the high scorer in air rifle (588), tying Army's top individual mark set by Calvin.
The Bears (0-1) have been idle since their meet at Army where they fired a 2136 smallbore and 2331 air rifle for a 4367 composite.
OVERVIEW: Army has fired the highest composite score of the service academies thus far with a 4669, along with the top mark of 2344 in smallbore, but Air Force's 2353 score in air rifle is the highest among the teams and nine points higher than the Black Knights' season best. Individually, Army's top score in air rifle is a 588, but Air Force shows a 595 and 591, while the Black Knights' highest score in smallbore is a 585, with Navy (584) and Air Force (581) close behind.
In last year's meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Falcons outshot Army 5806-5790 in the five-man format, with Navy and Coast Guard finishing third and fourth with scores of 5719 and 5316, respectively.
In the NCAA four-man format, the Black Knights and Falcons posted identical 2296s in smallbore, and both set season highs in air rifle with the Falcons' 2343 nipping Army's 2342 by a point in that discipline and the team scoring, 4639-4638.