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Walsh Honored at Football Dinner

William D. Walsh (FCO ’51), a major benefactor of Fordham University and an honorary co-chairman of the school’s Gridiron Club, received the Mara Family Award for his dedication and support of the football program at the annual Fordham Gridiron Club Dinner held at the Union League Club on April 30.

A major sponsor of the football program, Walsh helped the Rams build an athletic training center that bears his name. He also provided a major donation to complete the new library on campus, the William D. Walsh Family Library.

Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., the outgoing dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, was also honored at the dinner. Father von Arx will be leaving Fordham at the end of June to become the president of Fairfield University.

Eakin and Dudley Aiming for NFL

Fordham University senior football players Kevin Eakin and Javarus Dudley headed to National Football League minicamps on April 30. Eakin is working out for the Miami Dolphins and Dudley for the Green Bay Packers.

Dudley, a consensus First Team All-American in 2003, led the NCAA I-AA in receptions with 101 and was second in receiving yards with 1,439. Both were Patriot League records. He was only one of two players on any level of the NCAA this year to catch more than 100 passes.

A First Team All-Patriot League selection the past three years, Dudley graduates as the Patriot League’s all-time leading receiver, with 295 career receptions for 4,197 yards.

Eakin, a two-time First Team All-Patriot League pick, will graduate as the University’s all-time leader in passing yards, touchdown passes and completion percentage. Last year, he completed 247 of 407 passes for 3,072 yards and 23 touchdowns, setting school single-season records for most completions and passing yardage. Eakin led the Patriot League in passing yards per game and was second in total offense.

Over his career, Eakin threw for a school record 6,112 yards and 45 touchdowns. His 61.5 completion percentage is a school record, and he threw for more than 200 yards 19 times in 25 career starts, while surpassing the 300-yard mark five times. Eakin’s career record as a starter was 19-6.

In other football news, Matt Fordyce (FCO ’03), a former kicker for the Rams, was signed as a free agent by the Arizona Cardinals. Fordyce is second on Fordham’s all-time punting yards list, with 7,456 yards on 200 punts. He finished the 2002 season with a school record 18 field goals and was named First Team All-Patriot League as both a punter and place kicker and Third Team All-American by Football Gazette.

Fordham Golf Has Best-Ever Finish and Coach Takes Top Award

Sophomore Martin Maguire shot a two-over-par 74, while senior Gabe Allen shot a 75 in the final round of the Atlantic 10 Championships on May 2 in Kingston, R.I. The Fordham golf team placed fourth out of 11 teams, the highest finish for the Rams since joining the Atlantic 10. At the awards ceremony following the final round, Fordham head coach Paul Dillon was voted Atlantic 10 Golf Coach of the Year.

Following his 74, Maguire finished in a tie for 18th with a three-round score of 229, while Allen posted a three-day score of 231, good for a tie for 25th. Sophomore Brian McClure also tied for 25th with a 231 score after shooting a 77 in the final round. Sophomore Jesse Clark also shot a 77 in the final round to finish in a tie for 28th with a score of 233, while sophomore Matt Wholey finished in 49th with a total score of 243.

Rhode Island won the team title with a three-round score of 883, followed by Xavier (884), Richmond (887), Fordham (917) and Saint Joseph’s (923).

Fordham Softball Sweeps Manhattan

Junior Carol Fischer threw a complete game to lead Fordham University (34-21-1) to a 1-0 win over the Manhattan College Jaspers (15-28) in the first game of a doubleheader at Bahoshy Field on May 4. In the nightcap, sophomore Katie Davis hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, and senior Jaime Giguere pitched a complete game, as Fordham swept the doubleheader, winning the second game 6-2.

Fischer (12-5) allowed just two hits and one walk in game one, while striking out six to pick up her career-high 12th win of the season. At the plate, Davis was 2-for-3 with a run scored, while junior Ivy Pollock was 2-for-3 with a double.

Davis’ game two grand slam, her Atlantic 10 leading 13th homerun of the season, gave her 35 RBIs on the year, a single-season Fordham record. Giguere (7-4) recorded her 20th career win, becoming the fourth Fordham pitcher in the program’s history to reach that mark. She went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

Baseball Bangs Out 16 Hits for a 13-7 Win

Sophomore Greg Smith went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs while freshman Drew Adler was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead Fordham University (21-22-1) to a 13-7 win over Long Island University (8-27) at Jack Coffey Field on May 4. Senior Derek Hucke (2-2) picked up the win on the mound for the Rams.

Outdoor Track and Field Teams Compete in Championships

The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams competed in the Atlantic 10 Championships in Richmond, Va., on May 2.

The highlight of the day for the Fordham men was the 4x400-meter relay team, which earned Second Team All-Conference honors by placing second with a season-best time of 3:17.21.

Just missing All-Atlantic 10 honors were senior Mark Porcaro and sophomore Matt Spaccarelli. Porcaro placed third in the 400 meters in a time of 48.72 seconds, while Spaccarelli took third in the decathlon with 5,844 points.

The 4x400-meter relay team was the highest finisher for the Fordham women, taking third with a time of 3:53.64.

Senior Stephanie Irvin took fourth in the 200 meter in 26.08 seconds and sixth in the 400 meter with a time of 57.39 seconds. The 4x800-meter relay team took fourth in 9:20.20, while freshman Candice Drinkwater was fourth in the heptathlon, registering 3,748 points.

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