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Fordham Soccer Star John Wolyniec Sees International Action

Head Coach Bruce Arena announced on Jan. 26 that former Fordham men’s soccer player John Wolyniec (FCO ’99) will remain on the U.S. national soccer team. Wolyniec, pictured in the striped jersey, was one of 17 players invited to the Pre-Holland Training Camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The group was set for a 10-day camp before departing for the U.S. team’s first road match of 2004 against fourth-ranked Holland on Feb. 18. The 2:30 p.m. match was broadcast on ESPN2.

Wolyniec saw his first international action for the U.S. team on Jan. 18, as he earned a cap, playing about three minutes in the national team’s game against Denmark. The U.S. team tied Denmark 1-1 in the contest.

In Major League Soccer (MLS) this past season, Wolyniec finished fifth in scoring among the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars, with five goals and two assists for 12 points. He appeared in 25 contests and started 14.

Wolyniec, who was selected in the first round (seventh overall pick) by the Metro Stars in 1999, rejoined the team at the beginning of the 2003 season.

Caldwell Places First in the 5,000-meter at Manhattan Invitational

On the first day of competition at the Manhattan Invitational at Rose Hill on Jan. 17, several Rams fared well in the field events, with senior Brittany Nuttal taking fifth in the triple jump with a 10.21-meter jump, followed by freshman Kaitlyn Wallace who placed sixth with a 10.10-meter jump. Freshman Candice Drinkwater took fifth in the high jump (1.5-meter) while freshman Monica Rewiako placed sixth and sophomore Lindsay Dike 10th.

Senior Meghan Caldwell, pictured at right, led the Fordham team on day two, capturing first in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 19:09.0. Freshman Linda Michlik finished second in the mile (5:46.43), with Kaitlyn Wallace in the 55-meter high hurdles (8.99) and sophomore Lauren Dike in the 500-meter (1:23.16) placing second. Freshman Erin Broderick took third in both the 55-meter (6.81) and the 400-meter (1:06.80), with senior Colleen Herbert (800-meter – 2:33.93) and sophomore Sarah Dunn (500-meter – 1:32.07) also taking third in their respective events.

Other top finishers were junior Maria Peklo, who placed fourth in the mile (5:52.68) and senior Liz Miller in the 1,000-meter (4th – 3:33.72).

For the men, freshman Aaron DeGraffe placed third in the triple jump (13.13 meters) and finished second place in the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 8.03 seconds. Freshman Mike Carroll took fourth in the long jump (6.28 meters) and fourth in the 55-meter high hurdles (8.19). Freshman Dan Tucker placed eighth in the long jump (6.11 meters) and sophomore Johann Webster placed ninth in the long jump (5.92 meters), took second in the 200-meter (23.38) and eighth in the 55-meter (6.84). Freshman David Baine took second in the 800-meter (2:03.08), while freshman Chris McCutchan finished fourth in the 3,000-meter in a time of 9:36.02.

The 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter men's relay teams each took second in times of 3:27.02 and 9:10.47, respectively.

Women’s Basketball Rams Beat St. Bonaventure

Junior Monica Mack scored a game-high 12 points and four assists, while senior Lauren Fleischer had eight points and eight rebounds as the Rams upset the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 50-47, at the Rose Hill Gymnasium on Jan. 30. With the win, Fordham goes to 10-8 on the year, 3-4 in the Atlantic 10, while St. Bonaventure falls to 6-13 overall, 2-6 in conference play.

In the first half, neither team could muster much offense as both the Rams and Bonnies made nine baskets in the period with Fordham taking a one-point halftime advantage, 24-23. Fordham out rebounded the Bonnies 27-16 in the period, as the Rams did not allow any offensive rebounds. Sophomore Jada Jefferson scored six points and seven rebounds to lead the Rams.

St. Bonaventure started the second half on a 6-0 run to take a 29-24 lead with 16:59 remaining. Fordham eventually tied the game at 41 and then went up four points, 43-39, after a jumper by Monica Mack and a lay-up by junior Kyshawn Ruff. The Bonnies would not go away though, tying the game at 47 with 2:38 to go. Senior Beth Ann Dickinson responded with a three-pointer to give the Rams a 50-47 lead with 2:21 left. The Rams’ defense then stayed the course, as Ruff blocked two shots in the final minute to preserve the Fordham win.

Women’s Swimming Sweeps Dual Meet at LaSalle

Junior Erika Newell, pictured below left, won two events and four other swimmers each won an event, leading the women’s swim team to sweep the dual meet with La Salle University and Seton Hall University at La Salle on Jan. 24. The wins move Fordham to 8-2 overall, 3-0 in the Atlantic 10.

Newell won the 50-meter freestyle in a time of 24.78 while also taking the 200-meter backstroke in a time of 2:08.76. Other winners for Fordham included sophomore Katie Greiner, who won the 200-meter freestyle (1:56.43) while placing second in the 200-meter butterfly (2:12.40); graduate student Jaime D’Agostino, who won the 1,000-meter freestyle (10:24.51) while finishing second in the 500-meter freestyle (5:06.82); freshman Ayse Caglar, who won the 500-meter freestyle (5:06.61) and took second in the 1,000-meter freestyle (10:41.09); and sophomore Brittany Nuess, who won the 200-meter individual medley (2:13.51) and placed second in the 100-meter freestyle (55.30).

The Fordham 4x100-meter medley relay team of Newell, senior Jessica Deckard, Greiner and Nuess won the event while the 4x100-meter freestyle relay team took third.

In the diving competition, senior Sarah Eckstein placed second on both the one-and three-meter boards for the Rams.

Erika Newell, left, and Sarah Eckstein

Men’s Track and Field Competes at the Princeton Relays and Terrier Classic

The men’s indoor track and field team placed eighth out of ten teams at the Princeton Relays in Princeton, N.J., Jan. 24.

Freshman Rashard Hicks, who qualified for the Indoor Track and Field Championships (IC4A) in the high jump, as he successfully navigated a 6-foot, 9-inch jump for second place in the day’s competition. Hicks became the first Fordhamfreshman to qualify for the IC4A Championships in the high jump since Barry Cantrell (FCO ’99) in 1995.

The relay teams also had a good day. Freshmen Mike Carroll and Aaron DeGraffe, junior Jerrey Alcoser and sophomore Tommie Stephens took first in the 4x50-meter shuttle hurdle relay in a time of 30.69 seconds. The Rams’ 4x800-meter relay team also placed fifth in their event in a time of 8:16.53.

At the Terrier Classic held by Boston University on Jan. 31, senior Mark Porcaro won the 400-meter dash in a season-best time of 49.06 seconds, while Hicks, the reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, finished third in the high jump as he cleared a season best 6-foot, 9 inches. Junior Mike Rozea also finished third in the 500-meter race as he clocked in at 1:05.06, which was also a season-best time for Fordham. Other top performers were the men’s 4x400-meter relay team, which placed seventh in a time of 3:20.51, while Stephens took 10th in the 55-meter high hurdles event in 8.04 seconds.

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