Rifle Defeats Navy 5800-5783 In "Star" Match

Senior Michael Matthews

Senior Michael Matthews

Feb. 1, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senor Michael Matthews earned medalist honors in smallbore and team captain Joe Todaro was third in smallbore and air rifle in leading Army to a 5800-5783 victory over arch-rival Navy in the "Star" match at Bancroft Hall Rifle Range Saturday.

The victory is Army's fifth straight "Star" win over the Midshipmen and eighth in the last 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 (4640-4636) 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 straight 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 over 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 (2919-2916) and the NCAA (2339-2334) 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.

The Black Knights return to action next weekend hosting a pair of GARC matches at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center. Army is host to North Carolina State and Nebraska Feb. 7 and 9, respectively.

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