Women’s Soccer Defeats Saint Joseph’s
Junior Corey Dunfey, freshman Sarah Hopkins and junior Beth Purcell each scored a goal and added an assist as the Fordham Rams stayed undefeated in the Atlantic 10 with a 4-3 win over Saint Joseph’s University on Oct. 12. With the win, Fordham improved to 8-3-1 on the year, 4-0-1 in the Atlantic 10, and extended its unbeaten streak to seven games, going 6-0-1 in that stretch.
Fordham opened the scoring when sophomore Lindsey Glode scored in her second straight game on a chip shot over the top of Saint Joseph’s goalkeeper Nicole DiEnna. The Hawks quickly tied the game, but Fordham regained the lead just before halftime, as Purcell scored her third goal of the season off a half volley from freshman Holly Laubinger.
The Rams increased their lead to 3-1 when Dunfey scored on a direct kick from 30 yards out. Hopkins scored her team-leading eighth goal of the year from about 22 yards out to the top right corner of the net.
In goal, senior Shannon Misiaszek made three saves for the Rams.
Purcell was named Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 12. She is the third Fordham player to earn a weekly honor this season. This is also Purcell's second career Atlantic 10 honor as she earned the Rookie of the Week distinction once as a freshman.
Golf Takes Third at Don Mershon Classic
Fordham’s golf team finished in third place out of 15 teams at the Don Mershon Classic held at the Indian Valley Country Club in Telford, Pa., on Oct. 12 and 13.
Lehigh University and Siena College tied for the team title, as each shot a 618, but Lehigh won the championship via a playoff tiebreaker. Fordham took third with a team total of 625.
Leading the Rams was senior Gabe Allen, who shot a 74 on the first day and a 75 on day two for a total of 149, good for second overall score. Sophomore Brian McClure carded a 78 and a 79 for a total of 157 while sophomore Jesse Clark recorded an 80 and a 77 for a 157, both tying for 14th overall. Also competing for the Rams were sophomores Matt Wholey (81-81-162) and Emmett Burke (85-92-178).
Football Wins Liberty Cup as Seniors Break Records
Seniors Kirwin Watson, Kevin Eakin and Javarus Dudley led the Fordham Rams to a 37-30 win over Columbia University in the annual Liberty Cup game on Jack Coffey Field on Sept 20.
Watson rushed 36 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns and hauled in a pass for another touchdown. Eakin completed 25 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, while Dudley caught a career-high 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Dudley brought his career total to 229 and became the Patriot League’s career receptions leader, surpassing the record set by Towson’s Jamal White from 1998 to 2001. Watson’s three rushing touchdowns brought his career total to 34, surpassing the Fordham career record of 31 set by Rick Hollawell (FCO ’89) from 1986 to 89. With his two touchdown tosses, Eakin brought his career total to 34, breaking the school career record set by Mark Carney (FCO ’01) from 1998 to 2001.
Hill and Johnston Earn Atlantic 10 Volleyball Weekly Honors
Senior middle hitter Roxanne Hill and freshman outside hitter Tasha Johnston were named Atlantic 10 Volleyball Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games through Sept. 21. It was Hill's and Johnston's first career Atlantic 10 honor.
Hill and Johnston helped guide Fordham to a 3-1 record on the week, as the Rams won the Broncs Invitational tournament, hosted by Rider University. Hill received All-Tournament honors for the third time this season, as she hit an impressive .368 in three matches, committing just seven errors in 13 games. She also averaged four kills per game in the tournament with 10 service aces. Her top performances came against Army, where she had a double-double, with 14 kills and 11 digs, and host Rider, where she recorded 16 kills and eight digs.
Johnston anchored the Rams' defense at the Broncs Invitational, recording 60 digs in 13 games for a 4.62 average, which included a career-high 24 versus Rider. Offensively, she added 26 kills during the tournament, including a double-double against Rider,
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