Club Sports Continue to Dominate This Spring


Club Sports are winding down after many teams are making championship runs. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

After eventful spring seasons, many of Fordham’s club sports teams are wrapping up regular season play and looking ahead to playoffs and nationals. Both lacrosse teams stayed hot after spring break, and the baseball team sits at the top of their conference entering their final few matchups. Finally, the softball team picked up a pair of wins against Rider College and played a triple header this past Sunday.

In last Friday’s doubleheader at West Point, the men’s lacrosse team pulled off two incredible upsets over top-20 ranked teams. They began the night with a 7-6 win over the Hudson Hellfire, the club team at the United States Military Academy, in what turned out to be an overtime thriller. Senior Brian Arella scored the seventh and game-winning goal for the Rams, shutting down the fifth-ranked and previously undefeated Hellfire. In the next game against Sacred Heart University, they secured another overtime win after freshman Bobby Lynch’s tally. After the low-scoring 5-4 win, the Rams look to launch into the rankings after defeating the 20th-ranked Pioneers. These two wins follow a 15-3 win against New York University in the previous weekend, proving the men’s lacrosse team’s dominance heading into the latter part of April. They will close out the regular season with a home doubleheader on April 23 as they host a round robin event with Hofstra University and Marist College on Murphy Field.

The women’s lacrosse team had a similar dominant weekend back at the end of March, traveling to Lafayette College to play a doubleheader against the Leopards and Duquesne University. The first game against Duquesne ended as a 13-7 win, and the following matchup against previously second-ranked Lafayette ended in a 13-1 blowout win. Going into April, the Rams improved their ranking to fifth in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Organization (WCLO) and just before Fordham’s Easter break, the team carried their momentum to Randall’s Island for a round robin event against both Fairfield University and NYU. They began the day against Fairfield and ultimately lost 12-9 despite a valiant effort. The Stags tied the season series at one apiece, and the rivalry will continue to brew until they meet next year. They bounced back from the loss with a 14-7 win over NYU, closing out their regular season play and finishing sixth in the rankings. This led the Rams to the first overall seed in the New England Women’s Lacrosse League (NEWLL) regional tournament this past weekend, where they lost to Wooster Polytechnic Institute and finished one of the more successful seasons in the club’s history.

At the end of March, the club baseball team split a two game series with Adelphi University, winning the first game 8-2 and dropping the second one with a 6-2 score. They returned to form the following weekend, completing a three game sweep of Hofstra University with 9-3, 8-7 and 8-5 wins. Their winning ways have led them to the top of their division, where they stand out of reach from Stony Brook and Marist. They have the most overall wins in their division with 14 through the fall and the spring, and look to extend this number this weekend when they travel to Fairfield for a doubleheader matchup

On the women’s diamond, the Club Softball team picked up a pair of 1-0 wins against Rider College at the end of March, and hosted a tripleheader against Rutgers University last weekend.
As the club sports season begins to wind down, the teams have recorded triumphant performances to close out the year. The men’s lacrosse and baseball teams still have games remaining, so look ahead to potential big playoff matchups in the coming weeks.