2006-03-17 / Sports

Corrigan Returns Fuels Amherst To Final Four

By Elio Velez

When Ray Corrigan suffered a torn Achilles tendon in November of 2004, he wasn't sure if he could ever come back on the basketball court. But after a year of intense rehabilitation, Corrigan, who was the starting point guard for the Amherst Jeffs in their appearance at the NCAA Division III Final Four in March of 2004, has finally returned to the court.

There might be a nice finish awaiting Corrigan if his Amherst Jeffs (28-2) can capture the Division III title starting tonight in the Final Four against Wittenberg College (29-3). A win would put them in the finals tomorrow against the winner of Illinois Wesleyan and Virginia Wesleyan at 5 p.m. That game would be broadcast on College Sports Television (CSTV).

Corrigan was a senior when he suffered the knee injury and was able to redshirt and come back for this season. He didn't appear until January because as a college graduate, Corrigan could only play one semester of basketball. Due to the injury, Andrew Olson assumed the starting job and Corrigan has played a backup role. He's averaged only eight minutes a game but he's accepted the role with grace.

"It's great to be a part of this again," Corrigan told the Republic Newspaper in Massachusettes. "We've had a couple of special teams since I've been here and it's great to be back in the NCAA with this group of guys."

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