News & Notes



News & Notes fot the week of 1/30-2/5 (Dylan Balsamo)

By Dylan Balsamo

Men’s Hoops Tourney in DC
The Atlantic 10 announced on Tuesday that the 2022 edition of their Men’s Basketball tournament will return to Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena, in the nation’s capital, hosted the tournament for the first time in 2018 before the A-10 announced it would return to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for 2019. After D.C. hosts in 2022, the tournament will return to Brooklyn through at least 2024.

Shocking Ranking for Softball
Thursday afternoon saw the release of the Atlantic 10’s Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll, and the Rams are projected to tie for second place. Fordham, a six-time defending champion of the conference, was predicted by the coaches this week to tie with Dayton for second place, and Massachusetts, last year’s runner-up, received nine first-place votes to be the top projected team in the conference. These rankings mark the first time in seven years that the Rams were not predicted by the coaches to finish at the top of the standings.

Football Shines on Honor Roll
On Friday, 35 Fordham football players were placed on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, an honor received by student-athletes who earned a grade point average of 3.20 or better for the Fall 2018 semester. 215 names made the final list, and Fordham’s 35 ranked them third among Patriot League schools behind Bucknell (45) and Holy Cross (36). Seniors Austin Longi and Bryce Petty were two of 13 players that received this distinction and earned a spot on the 2018 Academic All-Patriot League team.

Swimming & Diving Honor Seniors
As 12 Fordham swimmers and divers participated in their last career home meets on Saturday, the program honored these men and women at their annual Senior Day. The event at the Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center was capitalized with success for the Rams against UMass, as the women won 205-95, and the men lost a close one 156-144. The team has one last meet before tournament time, that being against NYU on the road.