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Ram Duo Takes Home $10,000

Fordham University’s Kevin Eakin and Lindsey Lofstedt won the Fourth Annual Atlantic 10 ShootOut on Mar. 13 at the University of Dayton Arena. The event was part of the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament.

The pair competed against co-ed teams from the 11 other Atlantic 10 schools. Each team had 30 seconds to shoot from seven different spots on the court. Eakin, a Fordham football player, and Lofstedt, who plays on the women’s volleyball team, scored 17 points in the preliminary round on Friday night to advance to Saturday’s semifinal competition, where they scored 31 points to advance to the final round. They won the $10,000 first prize by beating the Temple University team with 24 points.

This was Eakin’s fourth straight year as the Fordham representative, his third with Lofstedt. The pair was among 150 students that competed in Fordham’s Atlantic 10 ShootOut on Feb. 3 in the Lombardi Center to win the trip to Dayton

Baseball Team Sweeps Dayton

Junior Jeremy Bourgeois was a perfect 5-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored, while senior David Rodriguez threw seven-and-a-third innings to lead Fordham University to a 7-4 Atlantic 10 win over the University of Dayton at the UD Sports Complex in Ohio on March 28.

Bourgeois was named Player of the Week in both the Atlantic 10 and East Coast Atlantic conferences, hitting .579 on the week and .667 with a pair of home runs in Fordham’s three-game sweep of Dayton. On the year, Bourgeois is batting a team best .386 with three home runs, six doubles and nine RBIs.

Fordham’s 3-0 performance at Dayton was the first Atlantic 10 series sweep for the Rams since they closed out the 2001 season with three wins over Duquesne University. The Rams are 9-10 overall, having won their last five contests, and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10.

Softball Rams Roll Over Hartford in Doubleheader

Junior Jamie Dautel and sophomore Katie Davis each hit a two-run home run in game two of the doubleheader, as Fordham topped the University of Hartford 8-7 at Bahoshy Field on Mar. 28. In game one, sophomore Trish Arno was 3-for-4, while junior Carol Fischer pitched six innings of relief for a 5-4 win.

The Rams had two milestones on the day. The doubleheader sweep gave head Coach Bridget Baxter her 200th career win at Fordham, and Davis’ home run, the ninth of her career, put her in a three-way tie with Sarah Jones (FCO ’01) and senior Jaime Giguere for the Fordham record.

Freshman pitcher Sara Kinney was named Atlantic 10 Softball Rookie of the Week, her second Atlantic 10 weekly honor of the year. At least one Fordham player has received an Atlantic 10 award each week this season. Kinney went 2-0 with a save in four appearances on the week, striking out 23 batters in 20 innings and allowing just six earned runs. On the year, Kinney has a 9-6 record with four saves, a 1.55 ERA and 77 strikeouts.

The team currently has the best overall record in the Atlantic 10 at 20-10.

Women’s Tennis Team Tops Manhattan

The Fordham women’s tennis team won their second straight match, defeating the Manhattan College Jaspers by a final score of 6-1 at the Hawthorn/Rooney Tennis Courts on Mar. 28. Fordham won five of the six singles matches and all three doubles matches for the win.

Leading the way was sophomore Christina Papa, who defeated Manhattan’s Jen Fowler in straight sets (6-2, 6-4), while sophomore Doina Sandor won in straight sets over MJ McGuire (6-0, 6-1). Freshman Lisa Vulin defeated Manhattan’s Alex Tomaceswka (6-0, 6-2), sophomore Danielle Spigner beat Meaghan Smith (6-1, 6-1), and junior Christina Leavenworth beat Manhattan’s Krista Thorsen (6-0, 6-4).

Fordham opened the match by taking all three doubles matches to win the doubles point. Sandor and Spigner defeated Fowler and McGuire (8-6), while Vulin and Papa beat Tomaceswka and Smith (8-3) and Leavenworth and sophomore Elizabeth Murray won their match, as well.

With the win, the women’s tennis team is now 2-0 in the spring season and 5-4 overall.

Men’s Tennis Defeats Wagner

Freshman Mike Rosado defeated Wagner’s Greg Auola, and sophomore Perry Tsao beat Dan Burns to lead Fordham University to a 6-1 men’s tennis win over Wagner College (0-1) on the Hawthorn/Rooney Courts on Mar. 24.

Rosado won in straight sets (6-1, 7-5), while Tsao was also victorious in straight sets (6-3, 7-6). Other winners for the Rams were freshman Mike Misiti, who defeated Anthony Fernandez (6-1, 6-0), and freshman Ben Ehrman, who defeated Brandon Segluizzo (6-2, 6-0). Sophomore Phil Bednarczyk, who earned his first Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Week nod, defeated Jeff Quitmeyer (6-4, 6-1).

Fordham opened the contest by winning all three of the doubles matches. Rosado and Tsao won (8-4) over Auola and Johnson, Misiti and Bednarczyk defeated Burns and Quitmeyer (8-2), and Zipf and Ehrman beat Fernandez and Segluizzo (8-3).

The men’s tennis team is 2-3 so far this season.

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track
Teams Place Fifth at Lafayette

In their second week of outdoor competition, the Fordham men’s and women’s track and field squads appeared at the Lafayette College Six-Way Meet in Easton, Pa., on Mar. 27. Both teams finished in fifth place.

Senior Stephanie Irvin broke the Fordham 200-meter record and took first in the 400-meter. Irvin finished with a time of 25.34 in the 200-meter, placing fourth and breaking the Fordham record of 25.52 set by Courtney Boccardi (FCO ’99) in 1999. Irvin won the 400-meter in a time of 57.01. Also winning an event for the women was sophomore Maureen Zivic, who won the 800-meter in a time of 2:16.34.

Other highlights from Lafayette include sophomore Diana Nordquist’s third-place finish in the 100-meter high hurdles (15.97) and her fourth-place finish in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles; junior Kristen Dolan’s third-place finish in the 1,500-meter contest and sophomore Stephanie Luther’s fourth-place finish; freshman Candice Drinkwater’s fourth-place finish in the high jump (5 feet, 1 inch); freshman Leigh Waterbury’s fifth-place finish in the pole vault (7 feet, 10 inches); freshman Natasha Kayulu’s sixth-place finish in the 100-meter race (12.6); and freshman Kristina Knapp’s sixth-place finish in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.

In women’s relays, the 4x400-meter team placed third (3:56.88), while the 4x100-meter team finished sixth.

On the men’s side, freshman Michael Carroll took first place in the long jump with a leap of 6.77 meters. Carroll also competed in the 100-meter high hurdles, placing sixth with a time of 16.13.

Other competitors for the men included senior Mark Porcaro, who placed second in the 400-meter contest (48.11) and junior Jason Schenck, who placed sixth in the race (49.50); freshman Aaron DeGraffe, who was second in the triple jump (12.98 meters) and freshman Daniel Tucker, who finished fourth (12.44 meters); sophomore Matt Spaccarelli, who took third in the pole vault (13 feet, 1 inch); junior Richard Pica, who placed fifth in the 1,500-meter race (4:03.67); junior Jerrey Alcoser, who finished fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles; and sophomore Robert McKay, who was fifth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.

In men’s relay competition, the 4x400-meter team placed second, while the 4x100-meter A team took fifth and the 4x100-meter B team was sixth.

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