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As Rams Defeat Holy Cross, Seniors Set School Records

Senior wide receiver Javarus Dudley caught eight passes for 91 yards and three touchdowns and returned a punt 72 yards for a score, while senior running back Kirwin Watson rushed 30 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 19th-ranked Rams to a 49-28 Patriot League win over Holy Cross on Jack Coffey Field. The win is the fifth in a row for the Rams, who won the Iron Major Trophy from the Crusaders for the third straight year.

Dudley set two Fordham single-season records during the game as his eight catches and 91 yards brought his season totals to 84 receptions and 1,121 yards. The 84 catches broke the Fordham single season record of 77 set by Gerry McDermott in 1999 and tied by Dudley last year, while the 1,121 receiving yards broke the Fordham record of 1,060 set by Dudley last year. Dudley is now just four catches shy of tying the Patriot League single-season reception record of 88, set by Lehigh's Dave Cecchini in 1993, and he is 201 yards short of the single-season Patriot League record of 1,322 receiving yards, set in 1999 by Towson’s Jamal White.

The two rushing touchdowns for Watson brought his season total to 20, breaking the Fordham single-season record of 18, which he also set last year. He is three touchdowns shy of the Patriot League mark of 23 set by Lehigh's Ronald Jean in 1999.

Volleyball Spikes La Salle, 3-1

Senior Lindsey Lofstedt had 18 kills and 16 digs, while senior Mele Misi added 15 kills and 17 digs to lead the Fordham Rams to a 3-1 win over La Salle University at the Tom Gola Arena on Nov. 8. Fordham won the match by final scores of 30-22, 30-28, 26-30 and 31-29.

The Rams hit .221 as a team with 68 kills, as the team had four players register double-doubles on the night.

Sophomore April MacArthur pitched in with 13 kills and 11 digs in the match, while junior Lindsay Schedeler dished out 47 assists and 10 digs.

Men’s Soccer Upsets 20th-Ranked Dayton

Junior Riad Mehovic scored on a breakaway off a pass from freshman Janko Stukic to give the Rams the 1-0 upset win over the 20th-ranked University of Dayton Flyers on Edwards Parade, Oct. 26.

The Fordham defense, consisting of freshman Ryan Brown, senior Ryan Bonura, junior Greg Mannix, senior Patrick Haney and sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Faber, was able to hold on to that lead, with Faber making three saves on the afternoon for his second consecutive shutout.

Mehovic and freshman Patrick McNamee earned Atlantic 10 honors. Mehovic was named Co-Player of the Week, while McNamee was the Rookie of the Week. This was Mehovic’s first career Atlantic 10 honor, and McNamee’s second citation of the season.

Women’s Soccer Falls to Richmond in Atlantic 10 Semifinals

Whitney Sykes scored at the 49:22 mark of the second half to give Richmond a 1-0 victory over Fordham in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship held in Richmond, Va., on Nov. 8.

The first half ended with no scoring and Richmond outshooting Fordham, 9-3. However, Fordham had the best opportunity of the half, as junior Beth Purcell rang a shot off the crossbar, with 2:28 remaining.

In the second half, Richmond got an early corner kick that was punched out by Fordham senior goalkeeper Shannon Misiaszek. Richmond’s Sykes corralled the ball and found the back of the net to give Richmond the 1-0 advantage. Fordham had chances late in the half, as they had three corner kicks in the final eight minutes, one of which resulted in a shot by freshman Sarah Hopkins that hit the crossbar.

Richmond ended the game outshooting Fordham, 18-7, in the game.
With the loss, Fordham fell to 11-6-2 on the year.

Fordham Football Great Dies

John Patrick Conroy (FCO ’31), a member of Fordham University's original Seven Blocks of Granite, died on Oct. 31, at his home in Portland, Maine. He was 95.

Conroy, a three-year letterman at Fordham, played from 1929 to 1931 for legendary head coach Frank Cavanaugh. At 6'1", 190 pounds, he was quick on his feet, a jarring tackler and an excellent pass rusher. Conroy was a tackle who was converted to play end on the teams that went 15-1-2 in 1929 and 1930, with 12 shutouts, prompting Fordham publicist Tim Cohane to nickname the 1929-30 line the “Seven Blocks of Granite.”

The 1929 edition of the Rams went 7-0-2, with six shutouts, one of only two Fordham football teams to go undefeated. The 1929 squad defeated Boston College and New York University, but the two ties kept the team from earning its first-ever postseason bowl bid. The 1930 team went 8-1 with six shutouts, the only blemish being a 20-12 loss to St. Mary's of California. The 1931 team went 6-1-2 with only loss coming in a 14-13 decision to Bucknell at the Polo Grounds in the last game of the year, just enough to keep the Rams out of postseason play.

The 1936-37 version of the “Seven Blocks of Granite” would come to overshadow the original version, due to the presence of future NFL Hall of Famers Vince Lombardi and Alex Wojciechowicz.

Conroy also played with the Fordham basketball team in 1930-31, helping the team to a 15-4 record. He was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980.

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