by C. GARRETT KEIDEL, Sports Editor
The search for the Jasper’s next women’s lacrosse head coach came to a close with an announcement from Athletic Director, Marianne Reilly, that Jenna Dingler will be taking over the role. Before coming to Manhattan, Dingler was a standout at Lock Haven University with a duo of NCAA Division II National Championship appearances, also coaching the last two seasons at Caldwell College.
“Our program took a huge step forward last year, and we believe that Jenna is the right person to keep the momentum going … Jenna is a promising young coach in women’s lacrosse, who is aligned with our goals, mission and values,” said Reilly in an interview with GoJapsers.
Dingler commented on being humble and excited to be a part of the program.
“I want to thank Marianne Reilly, Kathryn Mirance and the rest of the search committee for believing in me to lead this program to success … Manhattan College is something extraordinary, and I am so humbled to be a Jasper,” said Dingler.
Coming off a promising season, senior defender Adrien Awana and junior forward Berti Fourrier were named to the Preseason All-MAAC team. With both receiving recognition in the 2018 season (All-MAAC first and second teams respectively), head coach Jorden Scott is proud of the individual success and the team as a whole while gearing up for the 2019 season.
“I’m happy for them, but more for the team as they would be the first to admit that without their teammates this is not possible so these moments recognize us all. We look forward to challenging at the top of the MAAC again this year and finding the consistency needed during that tough October month,” said Scott in an interview with GoJaspers.
Representation of Manhattan baseball took a massive leap forward with the naming of Nick Cain to the Freshman Baseball All-American team and with John Cain’s free agent signing with the Los Angeles Angels.
Camillo also earned the honor of being named first team All-MAAC after a rookie season where he was among the leaders in batting, home runs, hits, RBI and total bases. He is the first jasper to receive the honor of Collegiate Baseball All-American since Fabian Pena in 2016.
Cain is the sixth jasper to be signed to the MLB in the past four years.
Head coach Mike Cole commented on Cain’s signing.
“We are extremely happy and proud of John’s signing with the Angels. He had an outstanding season and the imprint he left on the program will be felt for years to come,” said Cole.
Women’s Track and Field
Jasper Track and Field athlete Mikeisha Kelly was named the MAAC nomination for NCAA Woman Of The Year which recognizes the top graduating female student-athletes for their work in academics, athletics, leadership and community service. The top honorees will be named in September by the Women of the Year selection committee.
In her reaction to being named, Kelly was humble and thankful for the recognition.
“I am both proud and humbled to be a MAAC honoree for NCAA Woman of the Year … This award represents more than athletic achievement. It encompasses all of the work put forth by myself and those who have supported me, challenged me and changed me through my collegiate experience,” said Kelly in an interview with GoJaspers.