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Fordham Athletes Honored at Madison Square Garden

Lara Hanson
Photo by Vincent Dusovic

Basketball player and graduate student Lara Hanson and Senior Tim Short, a centerfielder on the baseball team, were presented with the Daniel E. Quilty Scholar-Athlete Award during the Preseason NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden on Nov 24.

Named in honor of Daniel Quilty, who was the athletic director at New York University from 1972 to 1995, the awards are given to the top male and female scholar-athletes from NIT institutions.

Hanson (FCRH ’04) is a student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences communication and media studies program. As an undergraduate, she co-founded, a national Web-based magazine that addresses topics of interest to college students and publishes articles from college journalists nationwide. She currently serves as editor-in-chief. After sitting out the 2003 basketball season due to injury, Hanson is averaging 5.3 points, 5 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game so far this season.

Short (FCLC ’05) has played in 144 games over the last three seasons for the Rams and has volunteered as a tutor for other students. Last season, he led the Rams to their first appearance in the Atlantic-10 Tournament since winning the title in 1998. He started all but one of Fordham’s 53 games last year, hitting .257 with 9 doubles, 5 triples, 2 home runs, 22 RBI and nine stolen bases. This season will be his second as team captain.

Football Player Named Patriot League Rookie of the Year

Patriot League coaches have voted Fordham freshman running back Jonte Coven league Rookie of the Year, the second consecutive year that a Fordham freshman has earned the honor. Sophomore place kicker Micah Clukey won the award last year. Coven carried the ball 52 times for 223 yards this season and returned one punt for 33 yards in 11 games during the season.

Other Rams receiving all-conference honors were senior center Jared Amatuzzo, senior linebacker NaQuinton Gainous, senior defensive back Tad Kornegay and Clukey, who were named First-Team All-Patriot League. Senior defensive linemen Ed Gordon and Aki Jones, senior wide receiver Steve Porco, senior linebacker Tyrone Thorne, junior tight end James Caffarello and junior punter Anthony DiFino were named Second-Team All-Patriot League.

Men and Women Take First at Fordham Invitational

The Fordham Indoor Track and Field teams opened the 2004-2005 season by taking first place at the Fordham Invitational at the Vincent T. Lombardi Center Fieldhouse. Fordham won both the men’s and women’s competitions beating Iona, Fairleigh Dickinson, Stony Brook and St. Peter’s.

On the men’s side, both the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams captured first place. In the field events, sophomore Reshard Hicks, last year’s Atlantic-10 champion, won the high jump, while sophomore Aaron DeGraffe won the triple jump. On the track, sophomore Mike Carroll won the 60-meter high hurdles, sophomore Mike Kirwan won the 400-meter race, senior Jon Martins won the 500-meter, freshman Matt Lowenthal won the 1000-meter and freshman Wyatt won the 200-meter.

On the women’s side, sophomore Candice Drinkwater took first in the 60-meter hurdles and second place in the high jump, long jump and 60-meter dash. Other winners were freshman Kerstin Greene in the high jump, junior Stephanie Luther in the mile, and junior Maureen Zivic in the 800-meter.

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