2003-01-11 / Sports

McManus Finishes Her Travels/ McCormack Sparks Adelphi

McManus Finishes Her Travels/ McCormack Sparks Adelphi


Thomas McCormack, the Breezy Point Native is the starting point guard for Adelphi. Photo by Brian BallwegThomas McCormack, the Breezy Point Native is the starting point guard for Adelphi. Photo by Brian Ballweg

The long arduous journey for Janelle McManus, the Belle Harbor native who played with powerhouse Bishop Kearney, is over. A former high school star, who averaged 29 points as a senior and helped the Tigers win three state high school championships, has found a home at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

The former two-time New York Post Player of the Year had originally committed to Boston College and appeared in 29 games a freshman for Boston College. The 5-6 guard was known for her scoring and averaged an impressive 10 points a game off and was twice named Big East Rookie of the Year.

Coming off her freshman year, McManus believed that her opportunities to play more and eventually start would come to fruition. When her opportunity to play would be curtailed in her sophomore season, McManus made the decision to transfer to Fairfield University in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Due to NCAA rules, her eligibility was lifted after sitting out a year and the junior had to wait for the first semester to be completed. Once she joined the Stags, McManus has already made an impact for a struggling team.


Janelle McManus previously played with Boston College before transferring to Fairfield Univeristy.Janelle McManus previously played with Boston College before transferring to Fairfield Univeristy.

Inserted into the starting lineup, McManus scored 26 points in her second game to lead the Stags in a 74-69 victory over New Hampshire and drained a late 3 pointer with 9 seconds left to help the Stags get into overtime against Loyola (MD). Her 23 points notched the third win out of 12 of the season for Fairfield in OT. Now starting, her 16 points a game leads the Stags and will be in the lineup for the foreseeable future.

McCormack Steadies Adelphi

The 2002 MCAA Division II Men's Basketball Northeast Regional Champions had a great year. With a record of 28-3, and a NY Collegiate Athletic Conference record of 21-1, a point guard is needed to lead the Panthers to great success and Thomas McCormack fits the bill.

The 6-0 junior point guard from Breezy Point transferred to Adelphi after a stint at Belmont Abbey College. A Xavier High School star who was named basketball MVP and captain of his team, McCormack is now leading a team which lost three key players from last season.

First year head Coach James Cosgrove spoke of how he believes McCormack is ready for this season. "He had a great preseason and I think he is ready to step up to the next level to be one of the main guys we are counting on."

A three game losing streak places the Panthers with a 4-5 record but Cosgrove believes that the team's chemistry is outstanding and the bulk of their second half schedule with conference home games will keep the team in good shape.

A pass first point guard, McCormack can surprise on the scoring end with his 13 points and tough D with 5 steals in a January 8th win over Queens College. With a lot of the season left to be played, McCormack just may bring this young team back into the playoffs.


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