2003-03-08 / Sports

Rockaway College B-Ball Update: March Madness

By Elio Velez


Taylor Murphy, pictured with his first college tournament trophy, is an important cog for Monroe College.Taylor Murphy, pictured with his first college tournament trophy, is an important cog for Monroe College.

As college basketball starts to wind down the regular season, March Madness roars in this month with the beginning of the conference tournament. After the weeklong college tournaments, the NCAA national basketball championships will follow. For college basketball stars representing the Rockaways, the next few weeks will be very interesting.

Junior Tricia Tubridy and the Harvard Crimson have had a terrific year, which culminated with a 14 game consecutive game winning streak. The winning streak also helped the Crimson (20-4) win their second straight Ivy League title. Tubridy was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Feb 10-16. In a game against Brown, Tubridy recorded a triple double and had a 12-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist performance against Yale. Harvard will find out their NCAA tournament seeding on March 16.

For Taylor Murphy, his freshman season has been a great success with the Monroe Junior College Mustangs. With a losing season in 2001-2002, the Mustangs totally turned it around with a 26-2 regular season record. On Saturday, March 1, the 6’6, 230 pound forward helped Monroe captured the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XV Title by beating Westchester Community College, 85-78.

Janelle McManus’ first season with the Fairfield Stags on the MAAC Conference has had its share of ups and downs. Arriving on the team in midseason due to her transfer from Boston College, McManus quickly turned around the fortunes of the Stags. McManus started in 18 of 20 games, leads the team with 13 points a game and averaged a team high 33 minutes a game. Fairfield managed to finished 11-16 overall but started the season 2-8 before McManus’ arrival. The Belle Harbor Native was recently named to the All MAAC third team honors.


Clare Droesch leads the Boston College Eagles into the Big East Tournament.Clare Droesch leads the Boston College Eagles into the Big East Tournament.

Boston College’s Clare Droesch, the 5’10 guard/forward, had a rocky start but finished strong for the #24 ranked Eagles in her sophomore season. Droesch finished with a game high 17 points to lead the Eagles over 18th ranked Rutgers, 72-71. The 20-7 Eagles will advance to the Big East tournament in Piscataway, New Jersey this weekend.

Tri-Captain Kevin Fitzgerald will lead the #1 seed Boston University Terriers into the America East conference tournament starting next week. The Belle Harbor point guard leads the team in assists, as the Terriers will start their NCAA tournament hopes against New Hampshire on Sunday.

Adelphi University point guard Thomas McCormick is not a high scorer but a playmaker that has led the Panthers to a 20-8 record. The Panthers are now playing in the NYCAC Conference tournament as a second seed. McCormick is third in scoring with 10 points a game and leads the team in assists.


Tricia Tubridy (right) and the Harvard Crimson clinched the Ivy League Conference Title.Tricia Tubridy (right) and the Harvard Crimson clinched the Ivy League Conference Title.

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