Jasper Talks: Jasper Games of the Week

By: Lauren Raziano, Multimedia Editor & Isaiah Rosario, Sports Editor

Men’s Soccer

Jasper’s men’s soccer team has had a tough first few games. Their first two matchups between Holy Cross went 1-1 and against George Washington, they went 2-2. 

At their first match at home on Sept. 1st against La Salle, the team went 0-2. This game was Daniel Polakowshi’s first start of the season in the goal. The Jaspers were then defeated 3-0 against Columbia at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on Sept. 5. 

The Columbia Lions scored one goal in the first half and scored two in the remaining. Jaspers with five shots on goal and four saves, while the Lions had seven shots on goal with five saves.

Overall the Jaspers are 0-2-2. The next match-up is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11. at the University of Connecticut. Upcoming, senior day is Tuesday, Sept. 19. against Fordham. 

Women’s Soccer Unfortunately Adds Two to the Loss Column

The Jaspers home opener against Long Island University resulted in a 0-0 tie game. The Sept. 3. game against the Sharks was filled with back-and-forth action. 

After a tough stretch to begin the season, the Lady Jaspers looked to bounce back and add one to the win column in a game against Sacred Heart. 

In the 34th minute, Grace O’Hara of the Pioneers scored the first goal of the game to give Sacred Heart a 1-0 lead. 

In the 84th minute, Kelly Medeiros of the Pioneers tallied on another goal for Sacred Heart to put them up one zero. 

It was another loss to add to the Jaspers’s season as they could not tally a single goal for the game and put their record to 1-3-1. 

 Future games are away at Siena College on Sept 9th and Canisius College on Sept 16.

Women’s Volleyball Faces Losses 

At the Wildcat Invitational, they went 0-3 against Saint Mary’s College of California. At Weber State University, the Jaspers went 0-3. Their final invitation game against Utah Tech University went 0-3.  

The Red Flash Classic also ended poorly for the Jaspers. They went 0-3 against Saint Francis University, 0-3 against Stony Brook University, and 1-3 against Purdue Fort Wayne.

The Columbia Tournament is the final tournament of the season. It included a matchup against Columbia University on Friday, Sept. 8th.  

In the first set in the game against Columbia, Manhattan was able to force the Lions over 25 points, but could not finish the set. 

The Jaspers were able to win the second set by two points, by a score of 25-22. 

In the end, the Lions ended up taking the final two sets, which led to a Jaspers loss, and a record of 0-7. 

The first MAAC play game is Sept 16th against Saint Peter’s University in Draddy gymnasium. 

Women’s Basketball Conference Schedule Announced/Coaching Updates 

MAAC opener is scheduled for league play on December 16 when the Jaspers welcome Rider to Draddy Gymnasium. 

Callan Stores was promoted to associate head coach at the end of last season. She has spent seven seasons at MC, the first year as Director of Basketball Operations and the last six as Assistant Coach. 

Raven James joins the women’s coaching staff as the director of basketball operations after being a graduate assistant at James Madison University last season. 

Sara Mitchell is a new coaching addition to MC’s women’s basketball team for the 2023-2024 season. Mitchell was previously at Yale University as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.