Rockaway Rooters Welcome Droesch
By Elio Velez
On a bright Saturday afternoon, the sun shined on Belle Harbor native Clare Droesch.
Droesch, who is a freshman, and plays for the Boston College women’s basketball team, returned home to play at St. John’s lat Saturday. It was a homecoming for Droesch and her fan support was definitely apparent. At St. John’s Alumni Hall, there was a large contingent of Droesch’s family and friends cheering her on.
In returning home, Boston College Eagle’s Coach Cathy Inglese placed Droesch in the starting lineup for the first time this year. As the starting lineups were announced, the cheering from the supporters led to a big smile by Droesch.
Boston College had entered the game at 20-5 and St. John’s was a lowly 3-22 on the year. The Red Storm was overmatched on paper and when the game started, it was evident on which team was better.
BC took off like Secretariat at the Kentucky Derby as they gained a 19-4 lead with Droesch completing a nice no look pass for an assist and draining one of her three-3 pointers on the game. The Eagles motion offense could not be contained as the Red Storm looked confused on defense.
It was 37-24 at the half but once the Eagles came back on the court, they proved their dominance.
Droesch scored four quick points with as she muscled St. John’s Mary Pat Statler off of her with drives to the basket. BC Sophomore guard Amber Jacobs was on fire from the outside as she drained 6 of 11 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 26 points. When the smoke had cleared, the Eagles had went on a 30-5 second half run and BC had easily won the game, 85-43.
Before the game ended, Droesch was taken out of the game to a huge applause from the crowd. This included her parents George and Patricia Droesch, her family, and supporters such as Bill Swensen and the St. Camillus Sports Program.
Clare finished the game with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots in 30 minutes. Clare is averaging almost 11 points a game and leads the team in three pointers in her freshman season.
When the game was over, the Droesch family invited the whole team over to their house for dinner. Good food and joy permeated throughout the house as everyone was entertained.
Clare has been excited about how the season has gone and her overall college life at Boston College. "I have so many friends, I love the campus and it’s the best location for me", Droesch said.
I asked her about the decision in not going to the University of Connecticut to follow her friend and summertime Rockaway bar league tournament teammate, Sue Bird. Clare said that she picked Boston College because it is a very good sports program and the team performs well almost every year. "I wanted to make a difference", said Droesch.
As far as Boston College is concerned, she is making a difference.