Before the Ivy League weekend at Yale and Harvard, the Manhattan Jaspers were on a 10-day “honeymoon period,” as Jaspers’ head coach Jorden Scott called it, from when they last played and lost to the Fordham Rams 3-1.
Alex Shackley (l.) chases down La Salle Explorer George Breslin. Photo taken by Kevin Fuhrmann.
A couple of positives junior captain Alex Shackley took away from the long break was being able to work on an attacking style of play to try to help turn their many goal chances into goal scores. Scott said his team needs to be more clinical in front of the goal, which includes being more selfish and direct at times.
The Jaspers’ honeymoon ended fast, as they struggled to score in the last three games, all to non-conference opponents.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Standing in at a slight 5 foot 9 inches and 180 pounds, Manhattan College baseball’s Mike Vocatura didn’t allow the smallest of odds stop him from reaching his biggest goal of playing D1 college baseball.
In order to do so he needed every bit of his determination and perseverance to make the baseball team.
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.”
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.”
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.”