Fordham senior forward Bryant Dunston was named first team NABC All-Region 2 by a vote of the region’s coaches. Dunston is now eligible for the State Farm Division I All-America teams to be announced April 5 at the 2008 NABC Convention in San Antonio.
On the year, Dunston leads the Rams in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.8 points and 10 rebounds per game. He also leads the Atlantic 10 in rebounding and is ranked second in blocks (2.8 blocks per game) and field goal percentage (.526).
Over his career, Dunston has scored 1,794 points and grabbed 970 boards. He is second on Fordham’s all-time scoring list, fourth on the all-time rebounding list and the career leader in blocked shots with 288.
On the women’s side, the Atlantic 10 coaches honored freshman guard Megan Mahoney by naming her to the conference’s 2008 All-Rookie Team. She is the first member of the Fordham women’s basketball team to receive that distinction.
This year, Mahoney led the Rams in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game while connecting on 43 three-pointers and recording 57 steals, both team highs. She is just one of three freshmen in the Atlantic 10 to lead her team in scoring and was sixth among all freshman in NCAA Division I. Mahoney is ranked eighth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring and fifth in steals (1.97 per game).
In other winter action, the men’s track squad had two individuals and one relay team earn All-Atlantic 10 honors while an individual on the women’s team earned All-Conference accolades.
For the men’s track team, the 4×800 relay defended their Atlantic 10 title and earned First Team All-Conference honors at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championship. Individually, senior Matt Lowenthal (1,000 meters) and junior Matt DiBuono (weight throw) earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors.
The men’s 4×800 relay of Ryan Serkes, Clifton Hilario, Tom Finnerty and Matt Lowenthal, which already had qualified for the IC4A Championship in March, won the event and defended their Atlantic 10 title in a season-best time of 7:50.67.
In addition to the 4×800 relay, Lowenthal and DiBuono placed second in their respective events, earning Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors. Lowenthal was second in the 1,000 meters in 2:29.58, while DiBuono was second in the weight throw with a toss of 57 feet 1 inch. DiBuono also scored for Fordham in the shot put, placing sixth.
On the women’s side, senior Melissa Salerno earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors in the 1,000 meters, placing second in a time of 2:56.38. She also qualified earlier this winter for the ECAC Championship in the event.