Manhattan College Jaspers
Head Coach: Drew Kelleher
Assistant Coach: John Odiera, Dave Fabroni
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
2019 record: 6-8 (2-5 in conference)
“Our guys had a really good fall and we’re all excited to get to work this spring. This is the closest team that we’ve had and these guys do a great job of pushing each other every day. We also have a really special senior class and that group has been working relentlessly to invest in themselves and their teammates this year to set a standard of excellences in our program. We’ve got a big collection of guys from all over Long Island. They like the opportunity to go to school right outside New York City and experience everything it has to offer while being close enough to home for their parents to come to every game.” -John Odierna, Associate Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Manhattan College
Progress is the name of the game for the Manhattan College Jaspers. After back-to-back winless seasons in conference play 2019 was somewhat of a breakthrough for the team. A 6-8 record, 2-5 in Metro Atlantic Athletic games, may not be the most impressive season, but for coach Drew Kelleher it was the sign of a new era. The Jaspers were long the laughing stock of the MAAC, but a couple of big home wins against St. Bonaventure and Canisius sent a message that this team is heading in the right direction.
A strong group of seniors will lead the Jaspers in 2020, headlined by three Long Island natives. Mike Lombardi at Attack from West Islip suited up in all 14 games as a junior, the two-time MAAC All Academic team member is looking forward to having a strong final year. A pair of CJ’s are also coming back for another run at a MAAC title. Midfielder CJ Scharf pieced together a six point outing, including a hat trick, in a victory over NJIT last season. Fellow Mid C.J. Mazzocchi is a key member of the Jaspers defensive unit. A two-time MAAC All Academic team member in his own right, had his best game of the season in a victory over Hartford. In that game he dished out an assist and picked up four ground balls. However, the straw that stirs the drink for Manhattan College is Junior Goalie Brandon Krebs. Krebs hails from East Williston, NY and graduated from Chaminade High School in 2017. The Junior made first team All MAAC a season ago and only looks to get better with age. There is a strong sense of comradery in the building and more talent than the program has had in quite some time. Don’t be shocked to see the Jaspers reigning supreme at season’s end.
“All of the boys are really fired up for this upcoming season. We feel as if we have something to prove as a program. We have a lot of experience returning this year built around a strong senior class. The freshman class has been great all fall as well and can really help continue to take this program in the right direction. Overall, we have been grinding all fall and we are looking to be very competitive this year within MAAC play this year with the ultimate goal of a championship which this program hasn’t seen in a while.”-Senior CJ Mazzocchi
Long Island Seniors
Nick Galitoto/ Midfield/ Kings Park
Rob Johnson/ Defense/ Bayport
Mike Lombardi/ Attack/ West Islip
C.J Mazzocchi/ Midfield/ Plainview
Justin Pape/ Attack/ West Islip
CJ Scharf/ Midfield/ West Islip