Rifle Defeats Coast Guard, 4624-4367

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

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Oct. 19, 2013

Final Stats

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior All-American Michael Matthews and freshman walk-on Marvin Lewis earned medalist honors in smallbore (582) and air rifle (588), respectively, in leading Army to a 4624-4367 victory over Coast Guard in the Black Knights' home debut Saturday at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

The Black Knights (2-1) outshot the Bears in both disciplines, outpointing them 2297-2136 in smallbore and by a 2327-2231 margin in air rifle.

Matthews, a two-time All-American in smallbore, led an Army sweep of the top 10 spots in his specialty. His 582 was five points higher than classmate and fellow All-Americano Joseph Todaro, who shared runner-up honors with sophomore Alyssa Gestl as both fired respective 577s.

Freshman Allen Solida, competing in his first collegiate match, turned in a 570 in nipping sophomore Olivia Nardone by a point for fourth place in rounding out the Black Knights top five finishers.

Lewis, competing individually, posted a personal best 588 in besting senior All-American Richard Calvin (587) for medalist honors in air rifle as Army again swept the top 10 places. Lewis' mark tied with Calvin for the top score of the season, set by the senior against Memphis two weeks ago.

Nardone took third in air rifle with a 583 followed by Todaro (583) and Matthews (581) in rounding out Army's top five finishers in that discipline.

Matthews, Todaro, Gestl and Zachary Wells were members of Army's five-man firing unit in both disciplines, while Lewis and Calvin rounded out Army's teams in smallbore and air rifle, respectively.

The Black Knights face a stern test next Saturday when they head South to take on defending NCAA champion West Virginia in a Great America Rifle Conference match. The Mountaineers, who captured their 15th NCAA title last year, were picked first in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) preseason poll.

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