Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00
Mercy College Athletics in Dobbs Ferry has undergone a significant revival with an infusion of talented coaches and an influx of outstanding student-athletes. The athletic department has produced notable achievements that position Mercy College as a competitive Division II institution, attracting high quality student-athletes that succeed on the field and in the classroom.
Junior goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo, of Farmingdale, has become the standard bearer for the type of student-athlete that Coach Manitta is attracting to the Dobbs Ferry campus. He is a Farmingdale High School graduate.
DiCarlo was recognized as a First Team All-American and the NCAA Division II and ECC Goalkeeper of the Year at the conclusion of the 2011 season after posting an 11-3 record and ranking in the top-10 in Division II in goals against average, saves per game and save percentage.
For the 2012 season, Inside Lacrosse magazine selected DiCarlo as the “Preseason Division II Goalkeeper of the Year” and “First Team All-American Goalkeeper.”
Head Coach Steve Manitta, who was recognized as Coach of the Year by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Association (NJILCA), has guided the men’s lacrosse program from formation to national prominence.
In just two seasons, Manitta led the Mavericks to a national ranking as high as #6, and was recognized by his peers as the 2011 ECC Coach of the Year. In Division II’s toughest conference, the Mavericks have begun to establish themselves among the elite programs.
“We were confident our success would happen sooner rather than later. That’s why the kids made the commitment to come here. They wanted to be the cornerstones of an upstart program, have fun, and create a culture at a great college that they believe in,” said Manitta.
Mercy College finished the 2011 season ranked #7 in Division II and #3 in the highly competitive Central Region, behind only the NCAA Champion and a NCAA semifinalist.