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Football Team off to Impressive Start

After dropping their Sept. 4 season opener at home to the University of Rhode Island, the Fordham football team has won four straight.

The Ram’s first win of the season came on Sept. 11 with a 14-0 road victory over the University of Albany. The Rams’ defense held Albany to 186 yards and forced three turnovers in Fordham’s first shutout victory since a 43-0 win over Saint Peter’s on Sept. 7, 2002. Sophomore running back Jamaal Hunte led the Rams’ offense, carrying the ball 25 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.

Fordham defeated Columbia at Wien Stadium on Sept. 18 in the annual Liberty Cup game. Hunte rushed 25 times for 74 yards and scored two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Derric Daniels completed 13 of 25 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown.

The following Saturday, the Rams got their first home victory in a shootout with Duquesne University on Jack Coffey Field. The Rams beat Duquesne 41-34 with the help of five touchdown passes from Daniels. Junior tight end James Caffarello had five catches for 105 yards and a score, while Hunte rushed 27 times for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Daniels’ five touchdown passes tied a Jack Coffey Field record held by Fordham’s Mark Carney, who threw for five scores against Georgetown on Sept. 29, 2002. Another record was set by senior defensive back Tad Kornegay who intercepted three passes, setting a new varsity record for interceptions in a game.

The Rams’ first conference win came on Oct. 2 when Fordham outlasted Patriot League rival College of the Holy Cross 42-35. Daniels connected with sophomore wide receiver Mike Melvin for a 42-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining to break a 35-35 tie. The win was the fourth straight for the Rams in the series and allows Fordham to retain the Ram-Crusader Trophy.


Softball Team Wins 2 Consecutive Tournaments

In the Sept. 12 championship game of the Fordham Invitational on Bahoshy Field, junior Catie Brandl drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie, and propelled Fordham to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Manhattan College.

The Rams trailed 3-0 heading into the sixth inning when junior Trisha Arno made it a 3-2 game with a bases loaded two-run single. Pinch-hitter junior Dana Beringhelli swung and missed at a third strike, but reached first base safely when the ball got by the Manhattan catcher, allowing Brandl to score the tying run from third.

The Rams advanced to the championship game by defeating Iona College, 5-2, earlier in the day.

In the championship game of the Carole Weil College Softball Classic on Sept. 26 in Allentown, Pa., the Rams defeated the University of Hartford Hawks, 2-1. The Rams’ two runs came from Beringhelli’s pinch-hit RBI single in the fourth inning and freshman Alison Twarowski’s RBI-single in the fifth.

The Rams went 6-0 on the weekend to capture the Weil Classic title for the first time.

The tournament featured 16 teams, which among the notables included Atlantic 10 rivals Temple, Saint Joseph’s, and La Salle, as well as Seton Hall, Villanova, Hartford, Delaware and Lehigh.


Men’s Basketball Schedule Announced

The 2004-2005 men’s basketball team kicks off its season on Nov. 20 with a home game against St. Francis College at 7 p.m. This year’s schedule features 13 home games, including a game against cross-Bronx rivals, Manhattan College, on Nov. 27.

Half of the teams Fordham will face this season saw postseason action last year. Six teams—Central Florida, Dayton, Manhattan, Saint Joseph’s, Richmond and Xavier—went to the NCAA Tournament; five others— Boston University, George Washington, Rhode Island, Temple and Villanova—were invited to the NIT.

The Rams will appear on Atlantic 10 Television network five times this season. Two of those are home games against Xavier on Jan. 16 and Rhode Island on Feb. 20.

The Rams will play in their first in-season tournament since the 2001 Holiday Festival, when they travel to Orlando, Fla. to participate in the Golden Knight Holiday Classic. Other schools in the tournament include Brown, Charleston Southern and Central Florida.


Women’s Basketball Schedule Announced

The women’s basketball team launches its season with a Nov. 4 exhibition game against the NY Gazelles in the Rose Hill Gym at 7 p.m. During the 2004-2005 season, the Rams will play eight post-season teams from last year and will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a tournament.

The Rams will face five teams that played in the NCAA tournament last year: Boston College, North Carolina State, George Washington, Virginia Tech, and defending Atlantic 10 champion, Temple. They will also play three WNIT participants from a year ago: Xavier, Saint Joseph’s and Richmond.

The team will head to San Juan for the San Juan Shootout, scheduled to begin on Dec. 20. They’ll face competition from Toledo, Towson, Northwestern, Northern Iowa and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.

— John Blakeley

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