Rifle Crushes Mass Maritime

Oct. 24, 2006

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - Backed by one of the best performances in team history, MIT rifle hammered Mass Maritime Academy last weekend in Buzzards Bay. The Engineers totaled the highest air rifle score in head coach Jerry Mulloy's eight years at the Institute, while MIT also secured its best score this season in smallbore.

The air rifle contingent was paced by Anton Katz, who fell one point shy of a career high after shooting a match-best 586. Freshman Emily Houston closed six points back with a score of 580, while Nathan Pfaff (570) also added a season-high in sparking the Tech attack. Jake Latcham (538) set a personal high for the second consecutive week in capping the MIT scoring, while Laura Fallon also shot a personal high with a total of 517.

MIT finished with a season-best 2274 in air rifle, but the team was just as dominant in smallbore after firing a season-high 2178. Mass Maritime finished with 1940 in air and 1860 in smallbore.

Houston paved the way for MIT on smallbore with a new personal record of 572. Houston also registered the first perfect score for the Engineers this season after firing a 100 on her second target card in the prone position. Anton Katz finished second in smallbore with a score of 566.

Last week, MIT lost to Akron on both smallbore and air in a MAC postal event, while the Engineers did upend Princeton in both guns. For the season, MIT is 4-1 in smallbore and 3-1 in air.