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.
Manhattan College baseball is 30 games into its season, and it has been nothing short of a big disappointment.
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.”
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.”
This article was nominated as a finalist at “The Quadrangle” 2014 staff awards.
As the 2014 MAAC Championships come closer, Manhattan College men’s basketball may be a longshot to make the NCAA Tournament and win a game or two there.
Luckily for the Jaspers, they have the longshot specialist.
The 60 game race to the college baseball MAAC championship crowning is about to be underway this week.
Where does Manhattan College baseball sit?
For a student-athlete, juggling school and sports is a task not too many would be willing to say is their passion and a part of their life in which they love.
Manhattan College junior outfielder Chris Kalousdian (3.36 GPA) and junior right-handed pitcher Mike Scarinci (3.60 GPA) would say just that. Both of which were elected by the team to be its new captains.
At the start of the ’13-’14 season, many questions were raised about the structure of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The biggest one being how the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s new rules would affect teams throughout the conference.