The Observer

Patrick Moquin

PATRICK MOQUIN, Sports & Health Editor

Patrick Moquin, FCLC ’22, is majoring in journalism and oversees Fordham sports coverage for The Observer. He played baseball in high school and also follows horse racing and motorsports, though he’s allergic to horses and doesn’t have a driver’s license. He most thoroughly enjoys his time at The Observer when he’s working with other editors and writers.
All content by PATRICK MOQUIN
Fordham softball players stand on the field.

Fordham Softball Wins 20th Straight in Saturday Doubleheader Against St. Bonaventure

April 17, 2021
The Fordham softball team claimed victory over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 10.
the Fordham softball team huddles up during a game

Fordham Softball Sweeps UMass to Begin A10 Conference Play

April 1, 2021
After more than a decade of domination, Rose Hill’s hidden dynasty is set to live on for another year at least.
Fordham baseball player Matt Mikulski high fives a teammate

Fordham Baseball Splits Series With St. John’s

March 25, 2021
In the face of their toughest opponent yet this season, the Rams remained resolute in a highly competitive series.
graphic for the sports quiz of the fordham ram mascot with the headline text

QUIZ: Test Your Fordham Sports Knowledge

March 22, 2021
Test your Fordham sports knowledge with this interactive quiz.
two rams players high five in the game against fairleigh dickinson

Fordham Baseball Takes Two Out of Three Against Fairleigh Dickinson

March 16, 2021
After winning handily on Friday, March 12, the Rams suffered their first loss of the season in a 16-inning game on Saturday but recovered well on Sunday to improve to 7-1 on the season.
kaitlyn downey making a basket in the a10 Tournament game against UMass

Fordham Women’s Basketball Falls to 7-Seed UMass in A10 Quarterfinal Upset

March 13, 2021
The Rams entered the tournament as the 2-seed with the hope of securing their third conference championship, but an upset defeat in their first game ended their season prematurely.
labella swinging a bat in a game against njit

Fordham Baseball Sweeps NJIT to Launch the 2021 Season

March 9, 2021
The Fordham baseball team swept the NJIT Highlanders in its first series of the 2021 season.
Jeff Neubauer points to a player as he coaches during a game

Remembering the Tumultuous Neubauer Era at Fordham

March 8, 2021
It would be difficult to condemn Jeff Neubauer as a singularly hapless coach that doomed Fordham to another disappointing drought. He’s the most recent addition to a long list of coaches that entered with promise and left in infamy.
kendell heremaia makes a shot with two colonials players around her

Fordham Women’s Basketball Surges Late to Defeat George Washington, 48-43

March 7, 2021
The Rams hadn’t competed in nearly three weeks, but they managed to secure a come-from-behind victory over the Colonials.
women's basketball team in a huddle during a game

UPDATED: Women’s Basketball Reacts to Shutdown Amid Rose Hill Pause

February 22, 2021
The women’s basketball team has started a petition asking University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., to let them play away games.
fordham women's basketball players and saint joseph's players standing on a basketball court

Fordham Women’s Basketball Handles Saint Joseph’s in 51-36 Victory

February 14, 2021
The Fordham women’s basketball team easily handled the Saint Joseph’s University Hawks on Friday, Feb. 12, cruising to a 51-36 victory.
anna dewolfe jumping to make a basket in a game against URI. she is surrounded by three URI players in blue uniforms and one fordham player in a pink uniform

Fordham Women’s Basketball Charges Back to Defeat Rhode Island, 56-53

February 8, 2021
The Fordham women’s basketball team came back to defeat the University of Rhode Island (URI) Rams Sunday, Feb. 7, after falling behind nine points early in the third quarter.
in an article about women's basketball postponing games, player kendell heremaia on the court holding a basketball

Fordham Women’s Basketball Postpones Two Games

February 6, 2021
The Fordham women’s basketball team announced that the games scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5, and Sunday, Feb. 7, will be postponed after two separate COVID-19 incidents involving the opposition.
photo of jeff neubauer in a suit holding up two fingers with a disgruntled expression on his face

Jeff Neubauer Out as Fordham Men’s Basketball Coach

January 27, 2021
Neubauer will depart Fordham immediately, and Assistant Head Coach Michael DePaoli will assume his position through the rest of the 2020-21 season.
kaitlyn downey in a maroon uniform holding a basketball while a saint louis player, to the left of her in a white uniform, reaches over and tries to take it

Fordham Women’s Basketball Salvages Weekend in Win Over Saint Louis, 72-63

January 21, 2021
After a week full of scheduling shifts and last-second road trips, the team returned to the court Sunday, Jan. 17.
fordham basketball players in a huddle on a basketball court during a game against umass

Fordham Women’s Basketball Worn Down Late in Loss to UMass, 61-56

January 13, 2021
The Fordham women’s basketball team suffered its third loss of the season to UMass, snapping a four-game winning streak.
fordham basketball players jump and hug each other on the court after a win over dayton

Fordham Men’s Basketball Stuns Dayton for First Win, 55-54

January 6, 2021
The Fordham men’s basketball team earned its first victory of the season in a stunning 55-54 upset against Dayton University.
stephanie gaitley talking to the women's basketball team

Coach Gaitley Under Quarantine, Fordham Women’s B-Ball Game Canceled

December 8, 2020
Women's basketball coach Stephanie Gaitley came into contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, and the women's home opener was canceled as a precaution.
a black and white headshot of Jack Stephans

Jack Stephans, ‘The Transparent Coach,’ Passes Away at 81

December 3, 2020
On Sept. 29, former football coach Jack Stephans, who ran the team for two seasons in 1979 and 1980, passed away due to complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). He was 81.
anna dewolfe and a stony brook player on the court

Fordham Women’s B-Ball Holds On to Win Season Opener, 62-58

November 29, 2020
Fordham women’s basketball nearly blew a large lead but hung on to defeat the Stony Brook University Seawolves, 62-58.
iona player making a basketball shot

Fordham Men’s B-Ball Home Opener Postponed

November 14, 2020
The Fordham men's basketball team's home opener against Iona is postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test among the Gaels.
a newspaper clipping from when Skip Gallagher retired reading

Remembering Coach Skip Gallagher

November 14, 2020
Between 1984 and 2004, Gallagher led the Rams to seven conference championships and five NCAA tournaments, but his effect on the school community was more meaningful than any number of awards could ever convey.
group of girls, fordham's dance team, on a football field with black uniforms and silver pom-poms

The Fordham Dance Team’s March to D1 Status Continues

November 13, 2020
On a tight budget, the administration and the athletic department have had to delay the promotion of Fordham's dance team to D1 status.
photo of sailboat on the water with two members of the intramural sailing team in it

Club and Intramural Sports Canceled for Fall Semester Amid Health Concerns

October 17, 2020
The sheer size of the club sports and intramural programs is one contributing factor, as many athletes would have to get regularly tested.
gaels player and rams player at the basketball net

Fordham to Host Iona Gaels in Home Opener

October 16, 2020
On Nov. 25, the Rams will face Rick Pitino’s Iona College Gaels in the Rose Hill Gymnasium for the first time since 2006, reviving an old rivalry to celebrate a tepid step toward normalcy.
fordham basketball player making a layup on a basketball court

A10 Basketball Set to Return to the Bronx

October 3, 2020
On Sept. 16, the NCAA Division I Council voted to hold the 2020-21 college basketball season. It will officially start on Nov. 25.
graphic of revenue going down at fordham on a football field

Pandemic Passes and COVID Catches: Fordham Sports During the Fall

September 19, 2020
Interim Athletic Director Ed Kull discusses revenue losses from the cancellation of fall sports and considers a way forward for Fordham Athletics.
boy sitting at computer playing eSports

The World of eSports Arrives at Fordham

September 16, 2020
Fordham Athletics recently designated eSports as an intramural sport; however, a lack of student interest has been keeping the gaming pool small.
empty stands at a stadium

Persevering Despite Disappointment: Student-Athletes Reflect on Suspended Season

July 31, 2020
The players on the affected teams have had to come to terms with losing the opportunity to compete in the fall.
john stankiewicz throwing a baseball

Making It or Breaking It? Baseball Players Reflect on Future Plans

July 29, 2020
Shortstop Jake MacKenzie and starting pitcher John Stankiewicz signed MLB contracts last month.
Commitments of Fordham Athletics

Student-Athletes Say Words Against Racism Aren’t Enough from Athletics Department

July 8, 2020
Fordham Athletics announced their plan to address racism in the program. In response, students are advocating for action to uphold the promises made.
Artwork of person with face mask and gloves protesting with a BLM sign

Protesting in Light of COVID-19

June 19, 2020
Social unrest and the COVID-19 health crisis have many people caught between a desire to promote change and a responsibility to curb the pandemic’s spread.
Fordham Baseball collage

Fordham Baseball Welcomes 11 New Players for 2021 Season

June 18, 2020
This summer, 11 incoming freshman players were announced as the newest members of the highly successful Fordham baseball program.
a picture of Fordham's baseball team playing against Yale on Eddies in 1902

Fordham Baseball Falls to Yale in a Bygone Era

May 12, 2020
In April, 118 years ago, Fordham baseball fell to Yale University in a 3-1 defeat. A single photo exists today of the game held on Edward’s Parade.
Estevan Bellán attended St. John’s College, which would later be renamed
Fordham University, between 1863 and 1868.

Uncovering Cuban Baseball’s Bronx Origins

April 28, 2020
In 1863, Steve Bellán enrolled at St. John’s College. It would be another 44 years before the school was renamed Fordham University, but Bellán’s introduction to the rest of his life began in the rudimentary fields of the Fordham area.
In his senior year, Tarabek was recording career-high statistics before the season ended prematurely.

Matthew Tarabek: Looking Back on a Halted Fordham Career

April 14, 2020
After three successful seasons with Fordham, Matthew Tarabek, GSBRH ‘20, seemed well on his way to his best year yet. For him and many other seniors, however, the only remaining certainties now lie in the past.
Eddie Harrison, GSBRH ’22, and Eddie Mintzias, FCRH ’21, sailed together in the 2019 War Memorial Regatta at Kings Point.

Quiet Spring for Fordham Club Sports

April 7, 2020
Last month, all Fordham club sporting events were canceled for the spring season following the COVID-19 outbreak. In some cases, the consequences were just as severe for club sport athletes as they were for their varsity counterparts.
The women’s basketball team, in addition to many others, had their seasons cut short in response to the spread of the coronavirus.

Inside the Final Days of Fordham Sports

April 1, 2020
Many Fordham athletes were affected by decisions around the NCAA ending all athletic competitions in early March. Athletes in the winter lost postseasons, while athletes in the spring lost months of play.
Matt Tarabek, GSBRH '20, blasted a two-run home run in Fordham's third game to give the Rams an early 5-0 lead.

Fordham Baseball Dominates Iona in Weekend Series Sweep

March 10, 2020
In their first weekend series in the Bronx, Fordham baseball dominated Iona College in a three game sweep. They outscored their opponent 32-3 over the course of the weekend, with batters and pitchers easily handling the Gaels throughout each contest.
The Rams huddle during a Jan. 29 game against VCU. Their A10 tournament run ended prematurely against the same opponent following a fourth-quarter collapse in their semifinal game.

Fordham Women’s Basketball Falls in Stunning A10 Semifinal Loss, 60-55

March 10, 2020
The Fordham women’s basketball team blew a 17-point lead in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament against Virginia Commonwealth University. In the final minute, the Rams missed three of four free throws and lost 60-55, ending their bid for the NCAA Tournament. It is a bitter end to a season in which far more was expected of them.
Fordham basketball fans are once again upset with Coach Neubauer after another disappointing season.

Pressure Mounts for Neubauer in a Game of Wins and Losses

February 18, 2020
Another disappointing Fordham men’s basketball season is coming to a close, and fans are once again calling for Coach Jeff Neubauer’s termination. Many Lincoln Center students may be unaware, but Neubauer’s Fordham career started hopefully before slowly degrading over time. With a year left on his contract, it is unclear whether Fordham will remove him as fans continue to make their voices heard.
Billy Godrick, FCRH '20, unsuccessfully tries to advance to third base in Fordham's third game against FIU.

Baseball Loses Big Down South to Start Season

February 18, 2020
In their first series of the season, Fordham baseball lost badly to Florida International University in all three games. The Panthers far outclassed the Rams, outscoring them 46-9 across 25 innings of baseball. Historically though, difficult preseason games have paid off for Fordham later in the season.
Bre Cavanaugh, FCRH '21, celebrates with her team after hitting a three-pointer in the final seconds to defeat Davidson.

Women’s Basketball Stuns Davidson on Cavanaugh Game Winner, 47-46

February 14, 2020
In a very important game for Fordham women's basketball, captain Bre Cavanaugh, FCRH '21, hit the shot of the season thus far. With four seconds remaining, she hit a three-pointer to win the game for the Rams, 47-46.
Joel Soriano, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’23, managed 11 rebounds in the match against Richmond.

Men’s Basketball Rolls Over Against Richmond, 59-53

February 11, 2020
In their game against Richmond, men’s basketball gave up a seven-point lead in the second half in what would eventually result in a 59-53 defeat. It is their ninth loss in the Atlantic 10 conference this season and the fourth occasion in which they blew a first half lead.
Joel Soriano, FCRH '23, looks to score against an elite Dayton defense.

Fordham Fights in Vain in Loss to No. 7 Dayton, 70-56

February 5, 2020
In their game against the nationally ranked Dayton Flyers, men’s basketball was routed, 70-56. However, in a game they were supposed to lose, the Rams showed flashes of efficient play, giving small hope to an already doomed season.
Men's basketball's struggles reached new depths in their game against Saint Louis University.

Men’s Basketball Makes History in 55-39 Loss to Saint Louis

January 27, 2020
Against Saint Louis Sunday, Fordham men’s basketball did something they hadn’t done in more than a decade. The team only managed to score 39 points in their loss to the Billikens, the third time since 2000 they haven’t reached 40 points and the first time since 2004.
Following a successful freshman season, Nick Honor left Fordham basketball for Clemson last April.

Men’s Basketball and What Should Have Been

January 22, 2020
Last season, Nick Honor became the fifth prominent Fordham men’s basketball player to transfer since 2013. Between a change in coaching staff in 2015, recent recruiting woes and general mediocre play, the Rams have struggled to keep their most talented players in the Rose Hill Gymnasium.
The Rams were competitive through three quarters of play, but struggled to contain Holy Cross late in the game.

Football Suffers Fourth Quarter Collapse Against Holy Cross

November 20, 2019
After three quarters of solid play, every aspect of the Rams’ game failed them in the final minutes. Their defense allowed 35 fourth-quarter points, a total they typically allow over the course of an entire game.
Breanna Cavanaugh, FCRH '21, drives to the basket while Vilisi Tavui, FCRH '22, sets a screen against Notre Dame's elite defense.

Women’s Basketball Loses Valiantly in Front of Sellout Crowd

November 13, 2019
Despite falling short in a 60-55 loss, the Rams fought to the final buzzer against Notre Dame, a nationally ranked opponent in front of a sellout crowd. The Observer provides a game recap, as well as analysis and comments from player Bre Cavanaugh.
Following Fordham’s Atlantic 10 Championship win, Kyle Martin, FCRH ’20, was selected by the Orioles in the MLB Draft.

Kyle Martin: From A10 Champ to Potential Pro Star

October 30, 2019
Kyle Martin began summer baseball with Fordham in the Atlantic 10 Championship and ended with the Aberdeen Ironbirds, a minor league team for the Baltimore Orioles. The Observer recounts Martin’s summer and reports the star relief pitcher’s own insights into his stretch of success.