September 21, 2009

Mercy Men Get to Work with First Class

from press release

Mercy College men's lacrosse head coach Steve Manitta announced the commitments of 32 recruits to attend Mercy College and play men's lacrosse beginning with the 2009-10 academic year. The talented group of newcomers will make up the first team in program history.

"I cannot be more pleased with our program's first recruiting class," said Manitta. "These players provide skill, size, speed and athleticism in this all-important season.  Several student-athletes will make their names known in one of the most difficult of lacrosse conferences in the nation.  I am confident that these young men will be the cornerstones of the Maverick lacrosse family as we make our lofty goals a reality."

Mercy College announced the addition of men's and women's lacrosse to its menu of NCAA Division II sports offerings in the fall of 2008.  Manitta was tabbed as the program's first head coach and Jordan Levine, a former All-American at Albany and current Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star, was hired as the program's first assistant coach. The duo has concentrated efforts on recruiting for the inaugural campaign in which the Mavericks will compete in the East Coast Conference (ECC).

2009-10 Mercy College Men's Lacrosse Roster

Name                   Cl.          Pos.              Hometown/Previous School

Craig Blom                     Jr.              A/M                      Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Suffolk C.C.

James Bugeya              Fr.              A/M                      Yorktown, N.Y./Lakeland

Tyler Danzi                    Fr.              D                          Pelham, N.Y./Pelham

Vinny Desiderio             Fr.              G                         Westbury, N.Y./W.T. Clarke

Thomas DiCarlo             Fr.              G                         Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale

John Fitzpatrick             Fr.              A/M                      Yorktown, N.Y./Lakeland

James Garboski            Jr.              D                          Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Suffolk C.C.

Erik Grady                     Fr.              A                         Medford, N.Y./Bellport

Frank Henenlotter          Fr.              A                         Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook

Steve Hoch                   Fr.              G                         Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Lakeland

Cody Jaworski              Fr.              D                          Tully, N.Y./Tully

Jamil Jefferson              Fr.              D                          Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis

Piotr Kurzyna                Fr.              D                          Riverhead, N.Y./Riverhead

Sean Lepicard               Fr.              D                          Morristown, N.J./Morristown

John Lionetti                  Fr.              M                         Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue

Alexander Martello        Fr.              M                         Montville, N.J./Montville Township

Michael Marzocca         Fr.              A                         North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon

Michael Munch              Fr.              D                          West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon

Kelly Palmer                   Fr.              A/M                      Westbury, N.Y./W.T. Clarke

Frank Palumbo               Fr.              D                          North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon

Joseph Pulido                Fr.              D                          Copiague, N.Y./Copiague

Nicholas Rizzuto           Jr.              M                         Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park

Frank Terlizzo               Jr.              D                          Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Suffolk C.C.

John Thearle                 Fr.              A/M                      Levittown, N.Y./Island Trees

Matthew Tompkins        Fr.              M                         Sleepy Hollow, N.Y./Briarcliff Manor

Justin Tufo                    Sr.              M                         Mahopac, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.

Joseph Tristan              Fr.              D                          Vestal, N.Y./Vestal

Anthony Vigliotti            Fr.              D                          Westbury, N.Y./W.T. Clarke

John Vispisiano             Fr.              A/M                      Staten Island, N.Y./New Dorp

Sean Wallin                   So.             A                         Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes

Robert Wendel              Jr.              D                          East Islip, N.Y./Suffolk C.C.

Zackary Zangle             Fr.              A/M                      West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon



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Mercy College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1950, providing motivated students with the opportunity to earn degrees in over 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Science, Social and Behavioral Science, and Liberal Arts.  An engaging and personalized learning experience is offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, as well as campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights and White Plains.

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