The Manhattanville’s men’s lacrosse team is feeling optimistic for the 2017 season after being injury-ridden throughout the course of their previous season. Last season, they placed seventh in the MAC Freedom Conference.
A motivator for this squad to excel on the eld is to improve their seventh place finish which was projected in the MAC Freedom Conference this year. The team has a great mix of players with seven freshmen, five sophomores, five juniors, and seven seniors.
Head coach Ryder Bohlander is on board for his third season, housing a career 11-21 record. For the 2017 season, he hopes to have a bounce back season. Assistant Coach Justin Schneidman is returning for his second season as the team’s defensive coordinator of day-to-day activities. Coach Bohlander is also aided by first-year Assistant Coach Shane Wilson, who is a recent graduate, and former lacrosse player from Coker College.
The Valiants opened their season at home on Mar. 1st, against Farmingdale State University, where they lost 16-11. Freshman Will Duval’s exceptional debut was spoiled by Farmingdale State, as he began his collegiate career with three goals. The Valiants were able to secure their first win of the season on Mar.5th at St. Joseph’s College in Long Island, NY 10-9. Senior mid fielder Andrew Murray, led the offensive charge with four goals in the game. Zach Ho man, a senior goaltender, was able to make nine saves. After their bounce-back win against St. Joseph’s, the Valiants pulled o an impressive 12-1 win at home against Mount St. Vincent on Mar. 11th. The only goal they allowed came during the 3rd period, showing promise in the Valiants defense.
The next three games on the road against Western Connecticut State, Mount St. Mary’s, and Bard were all postponed due to recent inclement weather. The new dates are all to be announced.
Senior mid fielder Irving Hernandez, was asked what the team seeks for the 2017 season, “To win a conference championship. We believe that with the depth that we have with a big senior class, a lot of talented returners, and talented freshmen we’ve set the bar very high for us, and know with a lot of hard work and dedication to this team we will accomplish our goal,” Said Hernandez.
Setting the bar high for the season will hopefully give the players, and coaching staff the push they need to accomplish their ultimate goal, with relentless dedication and teamwork.