Battle of the Bronx: Jaspers lose to Rams

After coming off their first win of the season at St. Francis-Brooklyn, the Manhattan Jaspers (2-1) men’s soccer team lost 3-1 to the Fordham Rams (2-2-1).

The Jaspers have three non-conference games remaining before they start MAAC play on Oct. 1. Photo taken by Jonathan Reyes.

At St. Francis, senior captain Tommy Amos said the Jaspers’ “fitness prevailed in the end” to help lead them to victory. Against the Rams, sophomore Daniel Laguna Kennedy, who scored the Jaspers’ only goal on a penalty kick, said almost the complete opposite.

“Our legs were tired,” said Kennedy, “but there’s no excuse. We should’ve probably done better.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Brian Cashman visits Manhattan College

Brian Cashman, the general manager of the New York Yankees, came to Manhattan College in the midst of his team’s playoff push. Photo taken by Christian Jordan Roodal.

To kick-off the third annual lecture series, Manhattan College’s Student Activities led off with an impressive heavy hitter. The lecturer happened to be a little known person who just so happens to be one of the most powerful men in New York sports: New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

So What about This Guy?

His most recent contract extension of three-years over $9-million expires once the season is over.When approached by “Newsday” following what was seen as a “lukewarm endorsement” coming from principal owner of the Yankees Hal Steinbrenner, Cashman was quoted as saying, “It’s the process.”

In a one-on-one interview with The Quadrangle, Cashman talked about his future with the team he has been apart of since 1986.

“I’ve never done one of my deals until it concluded no matter, a matter a fact it has kind of been my rule I put it in play years back,” said Cashman. “When players would come to me wanting to do their deals before they expire, if I can work at the end of my deals so can you.”

How Did Student Activities get Cashman?

Student Activities has worked on bringing Cashman to MC ever since last spring. John Bennett, the director of student activities, said the main reason for inviting Cashman was to keep to a “New York City based” lecture series theme.

“[Cashman] has been with the Yankees for so long, and so many students know who he is,” said Bennett. “So for him to be here in the middle of the playoff push right now is pretty phenomenal.”

On the student’s side of things, amidst the anticipation and excitement of Cashman’s arrival no one could think of why he decided to come to MC, but in all honesty did not care. How many times does a high-profile person like a Cashman visit anywhere?

One notable group of students to attend the lecture was the Manhattan baseball team. Mikey Miranda spoke on the team’s behalf.

“It was an incredible experience,” said Miranda. “I would say a big percentage of the baseball team there dream is to make it to the big team, and especially a team like the Yankees. To meet a general manager like him, it’s ridiculous.”

Cashman admittedly has no connections of any kind to MC. He said he has “never been on this campus before, and I really like to meet people I’ve never met and go places I’ve never been.”

His simple answer, “I was invited.”

“I’ve been 17 years as a GM, and this is just up the street,” said Cashman.

Bye, Bye Captain

During Cashman’s lecture, he was asked questions about the Yankees to what his job consists of. One question asked in particular regarding the team that was and still is on everybody’s mind is the future without captain Derek Jeter once he retires at season’s end.

“The one thing about the Yankees is always another great player,” Cashman said. “It’s just the nature of the beast. The nature of the Yankees and the history of the Yankees is we always try to find and gravitate to the world’s greatest players.”

He then went on to list a litany of names well known to Yankee fans to expound upon “the nature of the Yankees.”

Phil Rizzuto led to Jeter; Don Mattingly led to Tino Martinez; Jason Giambi to Mark Texiera; Reggie Jackson to Dave Winfield; Yogi Berra to Jorge Posada; and Mickey Mantle led to Bernie Williams.

“It’s just the way it works out,” said Cashman. “[Masahiro] Tanaka is an example of that. Whether it’s pulling them down from Tokyo or trading for a player from Venezuela like we just did for [Martin] Prado. We’re just always trying to find whether it’s locally like [Delin] Betances or as far as Japan or importing a guy like [Orlando] ‘El Duque’ [Hernandez] from Cuba.”

Anthony Capote, Asst. News Editor for “The Quadrangle,” contributed reporting.

 

Jaspers fail to capitalize on goal chances

Jorden Scott (l.), Gary Adair (c.) and Dean O’Leary (r.) can only watch as Lehigh barely beats Manhattan. Photo taken by Jonathan Reyes.

Bethlehem, Pa. – The start of the 2014-15 men’s soccer season began on a sour note for the Manhattan Jaspers, losing 2-1 to the Lehigh Mountainhawks.

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Jaspers set to tee-off ’14-’15

Entering the 2014-15 season, the Manhattan College men’s golf team should feel good about themselves. They came within just a few strokes short of capturing its first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title last season, and hope to carry the momentum to this season.

That’s not to say this team is a lock to win or even compete for this year’s MAAC. Something that cannot be overlooked is the loss of three seniors from last season’s team, three of its best players: Chris Calabro, Jonathan Feuer and Paul Toohey.

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Jaspers set to kick-off ’14-’15

As the start of the 2014-15 season approaches for Manhattan College’s men’s soccer, the Jaspers plan to make a return to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference postseason play for a second straight year after reaching their first four-team tournament in 12 seasons last year.

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Jaspers’s strong finish to season all for naught

It’s been a long and disappointing season for the Jaspers for a second straight year. Last year, they finished 24-28 (11-13 MAAC), which ranked them sixth in the MAAC.

This was after winning back-to-back MAAC championships in 2011 (20-2 MAAC, 34-19) and 2012 (18-6 MAAC, 33-27). Head Coach Jim Duffy said the team is still learning and is already looking toward the future.

“It certainly is a rebuilding season,” said Duffy. “We’re retooling for the immediate future.”

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Jaspers a few strokes short of glory

It was a golf season full of inconsistencies for the Manhattan Jaspers until the end when the Jaspers were a mere four strokes shy of winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title.

Captain Chris Calabro liked the effort the team gave, but it wasn’t enough to win the MAAC championship.

“We collectively didn’t put it all together in the final round,” said Calabro. “We were close but we just fell short.”

Paul Toohey lines up at the Puerto Rico 12th green championship course. Photo courtesy of Toohey.

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Baseball brothers

It’s rare to see siblings play on the same team let alone be in the same room without there being some kind of feud between the two. There are a number of arguments that could happen such as who’s better than the other in terms of personality, academics or talent.

But that’s not Joe and Scott McClennan.

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Quiet Demeanor But Worth His Edge

If the Manhattan golf team needs an edge this week at MAAC championships, they know exactly where to look.

It’ll yet again look toward one of their sophomore golfers, James Edgeworth, who last year showcased his abilities on the golf course at the tournament. He does his thing on the green without ever considering himself amongst the best players on the team, and couldn’t care less if he was.

But his even keel can’t keep him away from the mental game golf plays on the player.

“His temperament is pretty consistent, but he can be down on himself at times,” Manhattan golf head coach Jerry Wood said. “He can play either really well or just nothing. He’s definitely a little bipolar as far as his ability to stay in or get lost in the rounds. It’s improving. In the past he got pretty negative of himself in a game he couldn’t find his swing. He’s progressing in that category in a pretty good way.”

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Are Manhattan’s mid-season struggles concerning?

Manhattan College baseball is 30 games into its season, and it has been nothing short of a big disappointment.

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Spring State of MC Golf

Manhattan College golf will look to their three senior captains Chris Calabro, Jonathan Feuer and Paul Toohey to right the fall part of their season’s inconsistencies.

“A key theme I think is the three seniors who should carry a little of their experience over their four years of playing through college golf,” Head Coach Jerry Wood said. “That will help the team at the right time with it. And show some leadership both in scoring and just basically around the golf course with course management.”

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Three Freshman Arms Leading MC Baseball toward a Bright Future

Nerves remedied with a bit of coach’s confidence and good sense can only help Manhattan College baseball freshman pitchers William Fabra, Joe Jacques and Joey Rocchietti so much.

This is especially true on a team in which even as freshman, the pitcher’s mound is up for the taking. All pitchers know slacking isn’t an option because anyone can be called to pitch at any point during a game.

But these freshmen aren’t freshmen at all.

“They may be freshman in the classroom,” Head Coach Jim Duffy said, “but the one advantage we have over some of the fall sports is we don’t really expect our freshman to act like freshman anymore. They’ve been a part of the program now for almost eight months.”

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Durability, defense and more: Yoandry Galan

In Yoandry Galan’s near four year professional baseball career, he’s played an average of 55 games a year in a 60 game season.

His durability to play nearly every game should remind any baseball fan of when Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Orioles’ shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. broke the 56 year record of consecutive games played with 2,131.

“He has played every day from the time he walked in here, long before I got here…,” Manhattan College baseball Head Coach Jim Duffy said. “His consistency and his effort that he brings on a daily basis, and his talent level and his baseball IQ are all really tough to match.”

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MAAC title impact on success

After falling to the defending NCAA tournament champion Louisville, 71-64, last week. Manhattan College still managed to come out with a victory.

MC reached the tournament national stage for the first time in 10 years – last appeared in 2004. Meaning it found a place to show itself off to the masses like never before.

“What’s particularly great about this team and this year is that the team itself are such great representatives of Manhattan College,” Manhattan College President Brennan O’Donnell said. “The brand of basketball that they play is hard-working, tough-nose basketball. These guys don’t back down from anybody. The brand of Manhattan basketball really matches the brand of the institution, and we’re proud of that.”

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference that Manhattan College belongs to will be awarded prize money of about $1.5 million for qualifying for the tournament, and was eligible for additional compensation for each win after that.

This compensation is part of an NCAA initiative called the basketball fund. The fund includes just under $200 million that is split and paid to 31 conferences for successful participation in the national championship tournament.

“The fund rewards long-term performance in the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship,” according to the NCAA website.

The money is split up into compensation units projected to be worth $259,379 each in 2014, according to an NCAA document titled “2012 Distribution of Division I Men’s Basketball-Related Moneys According to Number of Units by Conference.” Every conference earns a single unit for sending a team to the tournament, and each additional win earns the conference another unit.

The units are paid out over a six year period so that a conference that earns one unit will receive revenue from the basketball fund in the amount of $259,379 each year for six years.

The athletics department could not be reached in time to comment.

But some of the rewards of making it to the national tournament simply cannot be bought.

The national publicity and media coverage the college has received in the week leading up to the tournament, capped by an impressive game against Louisville, don’t come at a price.

“Alumni love to have that kind of exposure for their team. It makes them proud just like it makes current students proud,” O’Donnell said. “And anytime you have a situation where people are sitting up and paying attention to you and it brings their alma mater to the front of their inteests that’s always a good thing.”

Manhattan’s increased visibility can have real ramifications on the future of admissions and athletics at the college.

“It’s hard to quantify, and you’ll read about this all the time, there’s a lot of research done on the effects of NCAA appearances on recruitment and enrollment in students,” O’Donnell said. “And in my mind you get their attention about the stuff that’s going on the basketball court but while you have their attention you’re able to tell them a lot of other good things that’s going on at your school make you want to be a part of their project.”

The Office of Admissions also anticipates in an increase in traffic to the Manhattan College website because of this increased public profile.

“By securing the title of the 2014 MAAC Champions and earning a spot in the Big Dance, the team has helped Manhattan College gain greater public exposure,” Gianna Voccola, associate director of admissions and financial aid, wrote in an email. “This, in turn, may draw more interest among prospective students.”

Not only the success of the team, but the conversation before, during and after the team’s appearance in the tournament built up the name of the school in local and national media.

“The overwhelming amount of positive coverage and conversation from radio, print, online and social media clearly raises the profile of Manhattan both locally and nationally,” Lydia Gray, executive director of marketing and communication, wrote in an email. “As new and old audiences are impacted by this messaging, they tend to want more information and will go to the College’s web site and social channels.”

On a small campus, the team’s raised national profile can also elevate the student experience.

“It’s a rallying point for school spirit,” O’Donnell said.  He noted the games against Iona College and Canisius as the most atmospheric for a student to have pride in his her or college.

“Overall, it has allowed us to share our institutional pride, whether student, alum, faculty or staff member,” Gray wrote in the same email.

This is the first time Manhattan has received this kind of media attention since the last time the team competed in the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament. The school was the subject of extensive local and national media coverage after the Jaspers upset the Florida Gators and advanced to the second round.

“But with the season we’re having, more people are interested in us. It goes with the territory,” Gonzalez told the New York Daily News in 2004.

After a few years of consistent success of the basketball program under Gonzalez, the team earned a name for themselves and for Manhattan. The Jaspers and Gonzalez received consistent coverage from the New York Times and the New York Daily News as America fell in love with New York’s team.

“We’re the kings of New York,” player Luis Flores told a packed locker room and the New York Daily News in 2004. “We’ve been the best team in the city for the past few years and we’re a team to be reckoned with.”

“So when you can get it you take it [media attention] and you try to take the spotlight that’s shining on you and use some of that spotlight to tell the world that you’re good in a lot more than just basketball,” O’Donnell said.