2002-03-23 / Sports

Locals Gave Their Best In NCAA Tournament

By Elio Velez

Locals Gave Their Best
In NCAA Tournament
By Elio Velez

It was an exciting prospect. Four local college players taking part in the "Big Dance," the NCAA championship tournaments.

Two local men. Two local Women.

Sharif Fordham, the captain of the St. John’s men’s team, a Far Rockaway resident.

Kevin Fitzgerald, the star defensive player for Boston University, a Belle Harbor native.

Clare Droesch, freshman phenom for Boston College, another Belle Harbor resident.

And, Tricia Turbridy, standout sophomore for Harvard University, a Broad Channel native.

Unfortunately, for the four local college stars, their appearances in the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournament resulted in quick, first-round losses.

Sharif Fordham’s time with the Red Storm was short lived as they lost to Wisconsin, 80-70 in the first round. Fordham, a junior guard for St. John’s and a Far Rockaway resident, came off the bench to log 21 minutes and grabbed 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

Wisconsin started off strong offensively and the St. John’s defense could not hold off the Badgers. Point guard phenom Marcus Hatten led St. John’s with 28 points. But at times during the game and throughout season for the Red Storm, Hatten was the only viable offensive option.

For Kevin Fitzgerald, his Boston University Terriers was blown out of the building by # 1 Cincinnati, 90-52. Cincy’s Steve Logan came out like a house on fire in scoring 27 points in 28 minutes. A Belle Harbor native, Fitzgerald in 27 minutes scored 2 points and grabbed 2 rebounds.

Boston College’s Clare Droesch finished her freshman season on a down note as BC was upset by Mississippi State, 65-59. After 9 lead changes in the second half, Miss State led for good at 56-55 with 4 minutes left. Droesch finished with 7 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes.

For Harvard’s Tubridy, it was a loss to fourth seed North Carolina at Chapel Hill that did the team in. Tubridy, however, had a good season, starting in all of the team’s 28 games, finishing second in assists (58) three-pointers (26) and averaging 7.7 boards per game.

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