Locals Quest For College Championships
It was last year at this time that Rockaway was a major presence in NCAA and NIT Tournaments. And it will once again occur as Rockaway natives Clare Droesch, Kevin Fitz gerald and Ray Corrigan will compete to capture their respective championships.
Clare Droesch finished an exciting Big East Tournament as her Boston College Eagles stunned #1 seeded Connecticut and defeated Rutgers to capture the championship.
The 5’11 junior had an up and down season but picked up her game late in the season. Entering the starting lineup, Droesch averaged more than 30 minutes a game and averaged 12 points 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Her all-around play helped the Eagles to win seven straight games and enter the tournament with a 25-6 record.
In a 73-70 upset win over the Lady Hsukies in the semifinal of the Big East Tournament, Droesch and teammate Amber Jacobs held Huskies’ top scorers Diana Taurisi and Maria Conlon in check. The Lady Eagles grabbed a # 3 seed and will face off against #14 Eastern Michigan in the Mideast Regionals at St. John raena in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be shown on ESPN 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Boston University’s Kevin Fitz gerald played his last college game on Wednesday with an 80-52 drubbing by Rhode Island in the first round of the NIT Tournament. The Rhode Island Rams scored the first 9 points of the game and led 43-20 at halftime. The Terriers struggled mightily on offense and they missed all 13 three-point attempts in the first half. Fitzgerald struggled as well and scored no points while only dishing two assists in 26 minutes. The loss though does not overshadow the good career that Fitzgerald had.
The senior finished second in assist to turnover ratio in the America East Conference and named co-captain for the second straight year.
The Terriers once again had a brilliant 2003-2004 regular season as they went 23-5 and amassed an impressive record of 17-1 within the America East Conference. By winning the conference championship, the Terriers were a #1 seed but fell in the first round of the playoffs to StonyBrook, 62-58.
Former Poly Prep star point guard Ray Corrigan will lead the Amherst College Jeffs to the NCAA Division III Final Four as they face off against rival foe Williams College. Gametime is at 6 p.m. today with the winner playing in the national championship on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Guiding Am herst to a 27-3 record, Corrigan has been pivotal to his team’s 73-15 record in his three years on the team. The point guard led Poly Prep H.S. to win the N.Y. State Federation Champion ship in his junior year.