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Men’s Basketball Overpowers Northeastern, 80-59

Senior Michael Haynes scored a game-high 25 points and added nine rebounds while sophomore guard Jermaine Anderson added 13 points and eight assists and senior guard Mark Jarrell-Wright finished with 11 points, ten assists and five steals to lead the Rams to an 80-59 win over Northeastern on Dec. 7. The win is the second in a row for the Rams.

The Rams took a one-point lead at the break, 36-35, as Anderson hit a jumper with one second left in the first half. At that point, sophomore guard Drew Williamson led the Rams with 12 points.

Fordham would then build a five-point lead, 45-40, early in they second half before the Huskies came back to tie the game at 47 with 14:34 remaining.

A lay-up from Anderson, a dunk from Haynes and a lay-up by Jarrell-Wright put the Rams up by six, 53-47, before a three-pointer from the Huskies’ Marcus Barnes pulled Northeastern to within three, 53-50, with 12:28 left.

The Rams would then score 17 straight points to take a commanding 70-50 lead with 5:57 left in the contest. Haynes led the run with six points, while Anderson and Jarrell-Wright each added four.

Softball Signs Four Players for 2005 Season

Fordham Softball Coach Bridget Baxter announced the signing of four recruits on Dec. 8: pitcher Rachael Wiggins, utility player Allison Twarowski, shortstop Laura Klaiber and second base/outfielder Karly Gonzales.

Wiggins, a senior at Susquehanna Valley High School in Conklin, N.Y., is a two-time NFCA/Louisville Slugger High School All-American, having been named to the second team in 2003 and the third team in 2002. Last season, she was also named the New York State Player of the Year, as she helped her team to a 27-2 record and a top-ten national ranking. She finished the season with a 22-2 record, a 0.13 ERA, and 240 strikeouts in 165 innings pitched. Wiggins has also been a three-time selection to the All-State, All-Region, and All-Conference First Teams.

Twarowski, a senior at Cherokee High School in Marlton, N.J., was the 2003 Star Ledger New Jersey State Player of the Year, after hitting .570 with 33 runs scored and 14 RBIs. She also set the single-season high-school hits record with 53. A First Team All-State, All-South Jersey, and All-County selection, she helped Cherokee to the 2001 and 2003 Group 4 State Championships.

Klaiber, a senior at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton, N.Y., was the 2003 Shenendehowa Offensive Player of the Year, while being named to the All-State Class A Team and helping Shenendehowa to the 2003 High School Class A State Championship. She was selected as a First Team All-Star by the Suburban Council and the Troy Record, and was a first team pick to be on the Saratoga Dream Team.

Gonzales, a senior at Xavier College Prep in Tempe, Ariz., is a three-time member of the Desert Valley All-Region team. She was an honorable-mention pick in 2003, while being a first-team pick in 2001 and 2002. She also received the AIA Scholar Athlete Award in 2001 and 2002.

Fordham Women’s Basketball Signs Three Players for 2004-05

Fordham Women's Basketball Coach Jim Lewis announced the signing of three recruits for the 2004-05 season on Dec. 1: point guard Nikki Bozeman, wing player Antelia Parrish, and shooting guard Heather Westrol.

Bozeman and Parrish both play for Bishop McNamara High School in Clinton, Md., which is currently the number-one girls high-school basketball team in the country, as ranked by The Washington Post and Street & Smith’s. The team is also ranked second by USA Today.

Parrish, a 6'0" wing player, was named a Nike All-American and a Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American last season after averaging 14 points, 13 rebounds and four assists a game. She was also a First Team All-Metropolitan selection as well as a First Team All-County and First Team All-Conference player. She was selected to the All-Tournament teams following the End of Oregon Trail Tournament and the USJN Tournament.

Bozeman, a 5'7" point guard, was also named a Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American last season, after averaging 10 points, 6.5 assists and three steals a game. She earned Honorable Mention All-Metropolitan Honors as a junior, while being named Second Team All-County and Third Team All-Conference. Like her teammate, she was also named to the All-Tournament team at the End of Oregon Trail Tournament.

Westrol, a 5'8" shooting guard, was also a Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American selection last season, helping Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey to a 25-1 record and the 2003 Shore Conference Championship. A First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-County pick, she led the team in scoring (13 points per game) and in three-point field goals. She was also named MVP of the Diamond State Classic Christmas Tourney in Wilmington, Del. This year, she is serving as the team captain.

Four Swimmers Sweep Weekly Atlantic 10 Awards

Four Fordham swimmers swept the Atlantic 10 awards for the week ending Nov. 30. Junior Erika Newell and sophomore John Kennedy were each named Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week, while freshmen Ayse Caglar and Niko Felix were named Atlantic 10 Rookies of the Week. This is the third time Newell has earned an Atlantic 10 weekly award, while it is the first for Kennedy, Caglar and Felix. Newell was also honored at the ECAC Women's Swimmer of the Week in early December.

Newell placed first in the 50-yard backstroke (27.53), 100-yard individual medley (1:00.53) and 100-yard backstroke (58.82) in Fordham’s meet versus Columbia on Nov. 24. Her time in the 100-yard backstroke was the fourth fastest in the Atlantic 10 this season. Kennedy placed first in the 50-yard backstroke (25.40) and 100-yard individual medley versus Columbia.

Caglar set a school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle, placing first in a time of 10:21.59, the second-fastest time in the conference this season. Caglar also took the top spot in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.48. Felix won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:00.06 in Fordham’s 179-117 defeat of Columbia.

The Fordham swimming and diving teams are off to a very good start this season, as the women are currently 6-2 on the year, while the men are at 4-4.

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