In 1973, Fordham’s men’s soccer team, coached by George Kinnear, won the NCAA Division II championship. The Rams had a remarkable season, finishing with a record of 16-1-1 and outscoring their opponents 47-9. Led by All-American forward Tommy Johnston and All-American midfielder Rich Bader, the team dominated its opponents throughout the season.
In the NCAA tournament, the Rams faced a tough draw, but they managed to win their first three games by a combined score of 6-2 to reach the championship game against the University of Tampa. In the final, Fordham put in a dominant performance, winning 2-0 to claim the championship.
The championship win was the first NCAA championship in any sport for Fordham, and it cemented the men’s soccer team as one of the best in the country. The team would go on to have continued success, making several more appearances in the NCAA tournament and winning the Atlantic 10 Conference championship multiple times.