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Jesuit's senior goalkeeper chooses Duke

Justin Trowbridge, who helped lead Jesuit to the state championship, says he now wants to be part of a national championship in his college career.

By TERRY JONES

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


CARROLLWOOD -- Jesuit High School's senior goalkeeper, Justin Trowbridge, established himself as a force in the net for the Tigers during the past two years.

In 60 games, he has recorded 33 shutouts and a 0.56 goals against average. Trowbridge led Hillsborough County and most of Florida in both categories.

His soccer legacy at Jesuit this past season includes a state championship, the area's first No. 1 national ranking and a new Jesuit season record for fewest goals, 17.

Trowbridge was heavily recruited by some of the most successful colleges in Division I, including Duke University and Boston College. Last week, he chose Duke in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils are already ranked seventh in the NCAA for the fall collegiate season.

"I had reduced my list to Duke or Boston College, and I feel the Blue Devils have the best chance to win it all soon," Trowbridge said, who lives in Carrollwood. "What a thrill it was for me to end my high school career with a state championship, and now I want to be part of a national championship in my college career."

Not only is Duke a national power, it is also a college with high academic standards.

Academics have also been a priority for Trowbridge, who has a 3.75 grade point average and scored 1210 on the SAT.

"Justin is the type of player every coach dreams of having in his lineup," Jesuit coach Bob Bauman said. "His hard work ethic and relentless determination helped him earn a starting job in his sophomore season. As the team captain his senior season, he helped provide a spark to drive the team to the state championship."

Just a week before the final four met for the championship matches, Trowbridge was diagnosed with mononucleosis. Still, he was in the lineup to help the Tigers win the semifinal and finals matches.

His play as a senior got him selected as a member of the All-South team and Player of the Year in the top All-State team for Class 2A. He was also selected as the Top Male Soccer Player of the Year by the coaches in Hillsborough County when he received the Jose A. Alvarez Award earlier this month.

The list of honors goes on. Trowbridge was selected for the all Hillsborough County Team, Most Valuable Player in the Senior All Star Challenge, Defensive MVP of the Puma Tournament and Jesuit's MVP.

At Duke, Trowbridge said he plans to study international relations and economics and become fluent in Spanish.

"I already have three years of Spanish from high school, and I will need it in international work of any kind," he said. "Duke has a beautiful campus and the coach and team made me feel right at home. The starting keeper is a senior, but I plan to compete to play from the start."

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