McDonogh grad Chowdhry starts fast with Georgetown


Freshman 3rd in points

Blue makes mark at Va.


November 28, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Kaiser Chowdhry came to the Georgetown University men's soccer team this fall with a lot of hype, a storied high school scoring career at McDonogh, and an impressive label as The Sun Player of the Year.

The Hoyas obviously were expecting big things from the 5-foot-8 scoring machine. Certainly, 97 goals and 51 assists in four years in high school are hard to ignore.

So was the freshman's performance this season for 9-9-1 Georgetown. He came out of the gate shooting as all big scorers do, and when the season had ended, Chowdhry had taken more shots than anybody else on team (38 shots in 16 games played).

Chowdhry, who lives in Columbia, didn't draw net as often as he would have liked, but his three goals and four assists for 10 points placed him third on the team in points.

He was tied for second on the team in assists. "If we had a few more breaks this season, our record would have been much better," said Chowdhry, the most prolific scorer in MIAA history. "I definitely believe we can think about winning a national championship because we play in such a strong league as the Big East."

The biggest thrill for Chowdhry this year came on Oct. 20 at Georgetown, when the Hoyas upset defending Big East champion Connecticut, 1-0.

"That was a great game for us," he said. "It proved how good we can be. I'm so glad I came to this school because the soccer program is strong and my parents [Imtiaz and Camille] can come to every single home game."

Chowdhry said the college game is all about "out-thinking your opponent" because "everyone has talent, speed and aggressiveness."

Cavs' Blue starts strong

Talk about living up to expectations and then some.

LaTonya Blue, a 5-foot-10 point guard from St. Frances, is doing it all in her first four games for the University of Virginia women's basketball team.

The 2000-01 Sun Player of the Year averaged 30.5 minutes, nine points, 6.2 rebounds, four assists and two steals in those four games. She had a 16-9 assist-to-turnover ratio and two blocks for the 2-2 Cavaliers.

Blue had 10 rebounds in Saturday's 53-48 loss to Rutgers.

Et cetera

It's certainly a big week for Sun Players of the Year. Sophomore soccer forward Adom Crew (1999 Player of the Year from River Hill) just completed an outstanding season for the 7-7-2 Brown University team. Crew had three goals and five assists for 11 points in 16 games and was selected as honorable mention All-Ivy League. Brown shared the Ivy title with Princeton with a 5-1-1 record.

Jill Marano (Arundel) is a 5-8 freshman point guard on the 1-2 La Salle University women's basketball team. The first-team 2000-01 All-Metro player is averaging 8.5 minutes and has four points and four rebounds in three games. She is 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.

Lauryn Smith (Liberty) is a 5-10 freshman forward on the 1-3 Delaware State women's basketball team. She is averaging seven minutes and has two points this season.

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