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Football Opens Season With 42-7 Win Over C.W. Post

In the Rams’ season-opener on Aug. 30, senior quarterback Kevin Eakin completed 16 of 23 passes and threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns, leading Fordham to a 42-7 victory over C.W. Post College on Jack Coffey Field. Senior wide receiver Javarus Dudley tallied 146 yards and a touchdown, while senior running back Kirwin Watson rushed 20 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Watson became Fordham’s all-time rushing leader, as he brought his career total to 3,279 yards, surpassing Chip Kron, who amassed 3,246 yards from 1983 to 1986.

C.W. Post threatened early as Jeremiah Pope returned the opening kickoff 60 yards to the Fordham 33-yard line. The C.W. Post offense advanced the ball to the Fordham 27, but the Pioneers were stopped by two false-start penalties and were forced to punt from the Fordham 37-yard line.

The Pioneers’ defense thwarted Fordham’s first possession, with Mike Martinez intercepting Eakin on the Fordham 47-yard line. The Pioneers moved the ball 37 yards, but junior defensive back Tyrone Thorne blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt with 7:40 left in the first.

After a 2-yard rushing loss for Watson, Eakin successfully completed two long passes. The first was a 21-yarder to junior wide receiver Steve Porco and the second went to Dudley, who scored the game’s first touchdown with 6:34 left in the first.

The Rams would score again on their next possession as Eakin completed five of six passes for 62 yards on an eight-play, 69-yard drive, finding senior wide receiver Peter Modelski with a 36-yard touchdown toss.

Fordham made it a 21-0 game on its next possession. Watson did most of the damage, rushing four times for 45 yards, capping the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.

Midway through the quarter, the Rams took over on their own 47 and drove the 53 yards on seven plays, with Eakin finding Wallace House with an 8-yard touchdown toss.

Fordham finished the first-half scoring with 51 seconds left in the half as Eakin completed four straight passes for 49 yards. He put the ball on the C.W. Post 4-yard line, where Seann Farrell took it in for a 35-0 halftime lead.

Watson closed out Fordham’s scoring on the Rams’ first drive of the second half, covering 56 of the 65 yards on the drive, including a 51-yard scoring run. The Pioneers scored on their final possession of the game, covering 41 yards on seven plays.

Watson, McGrath And Dudley Named Preseason All-American

Seniors Kirwin Watson, Dan McGrath and Javarus Dudley were named Preseason I-AA All-Americans by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, on Aug. 18. Watson was named a second-team running back, McGrath a second-team return specialist and Dudley a third-team wide receiver.

Watson was also named the 2003 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Last fall, Watson was named the 2002 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named Third Team All-American by the Sports Network, the Associated Press and the Football Gazette. During the Rams’ 2002 campaign, he set a school record for rushing yards in a season when he gained 1,467 yards on 285 carries.

McGrath, a First Team All-Patriot League selection at defensive back in 2002, was second on the team with 81 total tackles, 56 solo, while adding two interceptions and one fumble recovery. He also returned 48 punts for 662 yards and two touchdowns on the season. McGrath, who was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the Patriot League by Street & Smith’s, was second in the Patriot League in punt-return average (13.8 yards per return) and 12th in the NCAA I-AA.

Dudley, who was named Third Team All-American by the Sports Network and the Football Gazette last fall, was named 2003 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the Patriot League by Street & Smith’s. He also earned First Team All-Patriot League honors the past two years. Last year, Dudley caught 77 passes for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns. The 1,106 receiving yards broke the record of 1,061 yards that Dudley had set in 2001. Over his career, Dudley has 194 receptions for 2,758 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is Fordham’s career leader in receptions and receiving, while the 20 touchdowns is third best all-time for the Rams. Last year, Dudley returned 35 kickoffs for a school- and Patriot League-record 840 yards.

Women’s Volleyball Hires Rob Lutz as Assistant Coach

Fordham women’s volleyball head coach Megan Gamble announced the hiring of Rob Lutz as an assistant coach on Aug. 21.

Lutz comes to Fordham after one season at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., where he was an assistant coach as well as interim head coach. At Tusculum, he served as recruiting coordinator, team travel coordinator, tournament director and director of fundraising, while also helping with scheduling.

Lutz, a native of San Diego, Calif., has been very active in NCAA volleyball over the years. He has been a member of the NCAA Division I Athletics Steering Committee and he served as a NCAA I volleyball official for both men and women. Lutz has also served as a skills coach for numerous volleyball clinics, including those at Long Beach State, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee and Clemson University. He holds memberships in the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the Southern California Volleyball Association.

Lutz is a 1995 graduate of California State University at Long Beach, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Speech Communication. He was a dean’s honor roll athlete as a member of the fencing team.

Fordham Men’s Soccer Hires Mark Dietz as Assistant Coach

Head men’s soccer coach Jim McElderry announced the hiring of Mark Dietz as an assistant coach on Aug. 7. This is the second time McElderry has crossed paths with Dietz, as McElderry recruited and coached Dietz at Fairfield University from 1998 to 2001.

A 2002 graduate of Fairfield University in business and marketing, Dietz helped the Fairfield men’s soccer team become one of the best in the Northeast, as the team was ranked nationally in each of his last three seasons. He earned First Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore in 1999 and again as a senior in 2001, while being named First Team Academic All-Conference from 1999 to 2001. He was named to the dean’s list in each of his years at Fairfield.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Dietz was an All-American nominee in 1996 and 1997 at St. Xavier High School, where the team won two state championships, in 1994 and 1997. He earned Second Team All-State honors twice, while also twice garnering All-Midwest Region honors. He was also a regional team starter in the Kentucky Olympic Development Program for three seasons (1996 to 1998).

In 2002, Dietz was a head coach in the Fairfield United Soccer Association.

Aines and Misiaszek Named Captains for the 2003 Women’s Soccer Team

Senior forward Jackie Aines and senior goalkeeper Shannon Misiaszek were both named captains of the Fordham women’s soccer team for the 2003 season, announced head coach Ness Selmani on Aug. 19. This will be Aines’ first year as a captain, while it will be the second year for Misiaszek.

Aines, one of the top playmakers in the Atlantic 10 with the prowess to score goals as well as set them up, has career totals of seven goals and 11 assists. She is just two assists shy of the Fordham career record of 13, held by Denise Corrado. Aines appeared in 13 games in 2002, starting six and scoring two goals and two assists for six points.

Misiaszek returns as the Rams top goalkeeper in 2003, after setting just about every Fordham goalkeeping record in just three years. She holds the Fordham career marks in goals-against average (GAA), minutes played, shutouts and starts. In 2001, she set new school single-season records with eight shutouts and a 1.08 GAA. Last year, Misiaszek started all 18 games that she appeared in, finishing the season with a 7-11 record, four shutouts and a career-best 101 saves. She tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10 in shutouts and fifth in saves per game (5.61).

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