Philadelphia, Pa. - This past weekend the #27 ranked UScience Rifle team hosted the #26 nationally ranked Bloodhounds of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The numbers did not lie as it was a close match throughout. The Devils once again lit up the range with their performances which included 6 career bests in smallbore and one in air rifle. However, despite the gritty performances both UScience Mixed and Women's teams fell to John Jay in the NCAA match. These teams will meet again for a MAC Conference match that will decide a win/loss result between them.
Once again the UScience Women's team bested the Mixed team recording a 4267-4134 (2116-2056 smallbore / 2151-2078 in Air rifle).
Freshman, Sarah Schnupp led all UScience athletes and the women to victory with a career-best 572. Co-Captain Allie Tuman also posted a career-best 530 which was supported by Minhee Kang's 516. Rounding out the team score was Rachel Hubal's with a 498. Other scores that day were Lauren Stabler with a 486. Anita Varkey, Christina Tipton, and Brittaney Mahoney all recorded career bests in their first collegiate rifle match as a University of the Sciences Devil. Scores were 422, 383 and 360 respectively. Coach Dalidowicz is expecting good things out of these three upstarts throughout the season.
For the Mixed Team, New York native and freshman Andrew Visconti led the Mixed Team with a 535. Co-Captain Nick Zsoldos was not to be outdone as he too recorded a 535 to tie for the top spot on the Mixed Team. Co-Captain Matt Popowicz contributed a respectable 508 while Andrej Quatrone's 478 rounded out the 4th spot. In a bit of history for the UScience Rifle Team this day- brothers Chris Makosiej and Nick Makosiej battled it out in a historic first ever sibling rivalry on the UScience Rifle Team. Junior Chris Makosiej ended up outscoring younger brother Nick in his freshman year - 436 to 392. Coach Dalidowicz was impressed with Nick's first ever collegiate performance and expects him to challenge Chris by the end of the first semester.
In the Air rifle competition, Sarah Schnupp again led all UScience Devil athletes with a 566. She was followed by Co-captain Minhee Kang who recorded another career high 536. Lauren Stabler contributed a respectable 537 while Co-Captain Allie Tuman rounded out the 4th spot with a 522. Rachel Hubal rounded out the women's team with a season-high 519 for the day.
The Mixed Team saw Andrew Visconti lead the Mixed pack with a 545 and Co-Captain Nick Zsoldos close behind with a 532. Co-Captain Matt Popowicz and Andrej Quatrone struggled but managed to put up a 507 and 494 respectively. Rounding out the Mixed Team was Chris Makosiej with a 468 for the day.
"Overall I saw a lot of positives today! We are building on our past performances and getting stronger each match. The bulk of our season is quickly approaching and we should be positioned to make a run for the championships," said Coach Dalidowicz.
The Devils travel to Lexington, Virginia this weekend to square off against the Keydets of Virginia Military Institute. This will be a NCAA only match for the Devils as VMI is in the newly formed SOCON conference.