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Scholastic Roundup: Fordham is starting to make some noise

September 23, 2022 Andy Furman
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When you look to the top of the sports broadcasting profession you see Syracuse alumni everywhere you turn – from Bob Costas on the MLB Network and HBO, Class of ’74; and Mike Tirico, Sunday Night Football on NBC, Class of ’88; to Lincoln High’s Marv Albert, ’63; the (retired) Voice of the NBA; add ESPN’s Sean McDonough, ’84; Dave Pasch, ’94; Dave O’Brien, ’86 and Beth Mowins ’90 and CBS’ Ian Eagle, ’90.

But Xaverian High grad (’81) and former Fordham voice on WFUV (90.7) FM, Joe Favorito makes a strong case for his alma mater.

“As Michael Kay calls Aaron Judge’s record-breaking home run soon, how about some of these Fordham Ram voices who have been on hand for history,” he writes on social media.

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Mike Breen, ’83 and the NBA; Ryan Ruocco, ’08 on the WNB Champions (Las Vegas Aces); Bob Papa, ’86 with the New York Giants and their Super Bowl appearances; Charlie Slowes, ‘83 with the Washington Nationals World Series and Jack Armstrong, ‘88 with the Toronto Raptors NBA title.

“All Hall of Fame people,” notes Favorito.

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One person was missing when LIU women’s hockey team recently held their first practice.

Freshman Lisa Schrofl was competing with her native Austria in the 2022 U18 IIHF World Women’s Championship.

Austria is joined by Denmark, Korea, Chinese Tapei and Poland in Group B of the international tournament.

A 5-foot-5 defenseman/forward, Schrofl has been an Austrian national team member since 2011. She also has played for the Vienna Sabres, the 12-year national champions of Austria.

The LIU women’s ice hockey team opens its first season under head coach Kelly Nash (Saturday) Sept. 24th against Minnesota Duluth at Northwell Health Ice Center.

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Pratt’s women’s volleyball team upped their season record to 5-2 with a straight set victory over Brooklyn College. The Cannoneers were led by sophomore Olivia Julich, wo finished the match with 13 kills and four blocks. Senior Rose Moon contributed 10 kills, and senior Deanna Colondona led the defense with 12 digs – Emily Sontag, a freshman finished with 11 digs while junior Gabby Genduso led the team with 29 assists.

Brooklyn College’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed in the New Paltz Invitational for their inaugural meet of the season. Top women finishers in the 6K were: Fatima Aftab, 40:34.4; Lori Tsang, 40:34.4; Ketlyne Bonne-Annee, 48:38.4.

Top Brooklyn men in the 8K race were: Kevin McCarthy, 41:34.0; Naheen Khan, 42:30.8; Wali Mohammed, 43:07.8.

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The St. Francis women’s water polo team closed out the Rare Air Challenge last weekend, hosted by the United States Air Force Academy. The Terriers finished the weekend with victories over Westcliff and La Verne, completing a five-game sweep in Colorado.

The Terriers start Northeast Water Polo Conference play in early October when they host Brown, Harvard and MIT.

Terriers’ men’s soccer coach Tom Giovatto has elevated Andy Cormack (’15) to Associate Head Coach.

Cormack has been an Assistant Coach under Giovatto for the past eight years.

As a player and a captain, Cormack led the Terriers to two Northeast Conference championships and two NCAA tournaments.

The Plymouth, England native has helped recruit some of the top players in the NEC and the greater Northeast region during his time as coach on Remsen Street. Under his watch, St. Francis has had two NEC Players of the Year, four NEC Defensive Players of the Year, one NEC Rookie of the Year, 31 All-Conference honors, 16 All-NEC Tournament honors, nine NEC All-Rookie, six Northeast Regional honors and three All-American honors. With Cormack’s help, five Terriers have gone on to sign professional contracts and St. Francis had its first-ever selection in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

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Emilce Paez scored the game-winning goal with 15 seconds remaining to give the LIU field hockey team a 2-1 win over Georgetown in Washington, D.C. last weekend.

Paez, a junior from San Juan, Argentina notched her fist goal six minutes into the first period to take the game’s first lead.

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This from former LIU Athletic Director, Jerry Donner: “I remember LIU playing St. Francis in the cavernous 69th Regiment Armory. LIU Coach Roy Rubin calls a time-out; while exhorting the team in his booming voice.

“Danny Lynch Sr., Terriers’ coach, walks quietly over from his time-out and taps Roy on the shoulder and says, ‘Roy you are talking so loud that I can hear you from our time-out meeting.’”

“You had to see Roy’s reaction – astonished,” notes Donner.

Dan Lynch was a tremendous coach with a most engaging personality.

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Belated 75th happy birthday to Jeff Schrier, the Lafayette High grad who learned his basketball from former Frenchies’ coach Gil Fershtman and had a brilliant career coaching at Jefferson, Tilden, CCNY and in Puerto Rico.

Andy Furman is a Fox Sports Radio national talk show host. Previously, he was a scholastic sports columnist for the Brooklyn Eagle. He may be reached at: [email protected] Twitter: @AndyFurmanFSR


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