Men’s Soccer Jaspers Honored at Battle of the Bronx 

By Lauren Raziano, Multimedia Editor

Manhattan College’s men’s soccer senior day was spoiled as the Fordham Rams were able to shut out the Jaspers in a 2-0 result. 

Ronan O’Brien, Henry Hamilton and Daniel Alleyne all received yellow cards. Due to a Jasper foul, the Fordham free kick resulted in a top-left box goal during the 36th minute. The Rams scored an additional goal during the 63rd minute. The goals from Fordham were from Daniel D’Ippoltio and Timo Hummrich. 

The seniors that were honored were Sebastiano Musu, Vladimir Lee, Ensa Sanneh, Mason Chetti, Anthony Denis and goalkeeper Danny DiMarco. 

Senior Sebastiano Musu, from Santa Giusta, Italy was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association (MAAC) Offensive Player of the Week. This honor was the first for the Jasper team this season. Musu’s honor comes from when the striker kicked off a 4-0 scoring spree against Canisius. He scored goals against Canisius in the 19th and 30th minute. 

Continuing with the seniors honored, joining the Jaspers in 2020 and marketing major, Vladimir Lee, from Queens, was accompanied by his family. He has played in 25 games and started in 16 games. 

Defensive player Ensa Sanneh, a senior from Gambia, an organizational leadership major and has been a member of the Jasper team for two years. 

“It was a great day out here today to see your family and friends come out to support the team,” Sanneh said in an interview with the Quadrangle after the game. “Everyone came by and gave it their all, especially the young guys. I think they really stepped up. They came out here and they showed their support. The next next thing for us is to look for Mount St. Mary’s game.”

Senior midfielder Mason Chetti is from Ronkonkoma, New York. As a four-year member of the team,  Chetti has played 13 games and a total of 224 playing minutes. 

Senior Anthony Denis from France, has been a member of the team for two years. He was accompanied to the field by his friend, sophomore defense player Nassim Akki, and his girlfriend and family. 

While pursuing a degree in organizational leadership and being a four-year member of the Jasper team, Danny DiMarco was named all-MAAC honoree. With his family in the stands, DiMarco’s family watched him have four saves during the Fordham game.  

Forward Gunnar Studenhoff talked with the Quadrangle after the game. During the Fordham matchup, the Jaspers cleared the field and put on new players, focusing on giving time to reserved players.

“My thought tonight was really we didn’t get the win, but you know, we want to give some of the players some time today,” Studenhoff said. “We want to enjoy the seniors’ last game.”

Studenhofft was named to the MAAC preseason team and earned Second Team All-MAAC accolades last season.

  “Personally, I would have liked to win but today was about giving everyone some time to play before we go into the conference because we’re focused on winning the MAAC,” Studenhoff said. “Keeping our players healthy and coming back strong for months and years as a focus as long as we build from here and keep on going positively that’s what we want.” 

Head coach Jorden Scott has been focused on building the team since the pandemic and is focused on the development of his players. 

“We are two full seasons beyond the pandemic and each year we have made significant and positive steps in our development as a team and players to get back to competing at the top of the conference,” said head coach Jorden Scott in a GoJaspers article. “We will be leaning on our returning players to set the benchmarks on and off the field for our newcomers, and we as a staff will be ready to listen, adjust, and support in our quest for a MAAC Championship.”

  Manhattan men’s soccer has been picked to finish third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll. 

“We believe in building a schedule filled with elite competition that prepares us for conference play and allows our players to be ready for the challenges ahead tactically, physically, and with rotations,” Scott said in a GoJaspers article. “This will be an interesting year for everyone in the MAAC as we adjust to the new format and the scheduling of non-conference opposition.”

The MAAC season is in full effect as the next game is scheduled for Sept. 30th at Marist.