Jasper Club

2012

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 11/13/2012
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Richard Alexander '81

Richard Alexander '81 was a key member of the Manhattan College track & field team under Hall of Fame Head Coach Fred Dwyer. Alexander set or tied the Jaspers' high jump record at least 10 times indoors and outdoors. His indoor record climbed from 6'10" to 6'11½", while his outdoor record began at 6'8" and reached 7'1 ¾", which still stands as the school mark 32 years later. Alexander was also strong in the pentathlon, setting an indoor record at the Princeton Relays to qualify for the IC4As. He broke the high jump record twice at the 1980 IC4A Championships. Alexander set the Manhattan pentathlon and indoor high jump records in one competition. He scored in eight Metropolitan Collegiate Championships and in six IC4As, placing second in 1979 to U.S. indoor record-holder Franklin Jacobs. Alexander qualified for and competed in many of the grand-scale track events, including the NCAA Championship, the Millrose Games and the 1980 Olympic Trials. 

James Amandola '02

James Amandola '02 left his mark on Manhattan men's lacrosse as one of the best goalkeepers the program will ever see. Amandola made himself known immediately with 286 saves in his first season, averaging nearly 20 saves per game to rank of fifth overall in Division I. As a sophomore, he helped Manhattan reach the MAAC Tournament championship game and was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team. Amandola was named team captain as a junior as he continued to rack up the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Then as a senior, he helped lead Manhattan to an undefeated MAAC season en route to the program's first MAAC title. Amandola was the MAAC Tournament's Most Valuable Player and again was named to the All-Tournament Team. He also was honored with the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year award. In the Jaspers' NCAA Tournament game against Georgetown, Amandola had 24 saves, earning him the Wall Award and Player of the Week honors for best individual performance in the Tournament. He was also selected to the USILA North/South All-Star Team, which honors the top seniors in the country. Amandola is the only men's lacrosse student-athlete to be named the team's Most Outstanding Performer Award three times at Manhattan.

George Fisher '74

George Fisher '74 was named team captain of the Manhattan men's golf team as a sophomore and did not relinquish the title for the next three years. Fisher set a school record with a round of 68, which remained unbroken until 2009. In his freshman year, Fisher shot an 81, despite playing through a snowy course, which helped the Jaspers to a win over Army at West Point. In 1972-73, Fisher earned a medal vs. Seton Hall, shooting an 81, and later that year he posted 78's in matches against Columbia, Cornell and Army. As a senior, he shot the lowest Jasper score of 80 at the ECAC Tournament, and the lowest score among the Jaspers at the Metropolitan Golf Association Tournament. For the third year in a row, he was named the Manhattan golf team's Most Outstanding Performer. Fisher was also named an Outstanding College Athlete in America for three years and a was a member of the Dean's List from 1972-1974.

Fran Fraschilla, Coach

Fran Fraschilla enjoyed tremendous success as the men's basketball coach at Manhattan College from 1992-1996. The winningest coach in the program's history with a .716 (86-34) winning percentage, Fraschilla guided the Jaspers to four straight postseason berths. Under his tutelage, Manhattan won its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in his first season in 1993, earning the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. It was the program's first NCAA bid in 35 years. Fraschilla took Manhattan to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 1994 and 1996. In 1994-95, he made history by winning a program-record 26 games and earning the MAAC's first at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, after falling in the MAAC championship game. The Jaspers went on to upset Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Fraschilla owns a program-best 39-5 career home record at Draddy Gymnasium over his four seasons at the helm, which includes the only perfect home season (11-0) in Manhattan history in 1992-93. Fraschilla, the 1995 MAAC Coach of the Year, mentored some of the top Jasper basketball players that have come through the program. He coached seven players who earned All-MAAC honors, including three First Team selections. Fraschilla also coached 1993 MAAC Player of the Year Keith Bullock, 1994 MAAC Rookie of the Year Jason Hoover and 1995 MAAC Rookie of the Year Heshimu Evans. Fraschilla left Manhattan to coach at St. John's University and the University of New Mexico, ending his college coaching career with a record of 175-100. He became an ESPN college basketball analyst in 2003.

Sandy Gordon '88

Sandy Gordon '88 was one of the best playmakers to come through the Manhattan women's basketball program. The 5'7" point guard still holds a number of records almost a quarter of a century later. She is the Jaspers' all-time career assists leader with 592 and all-time single-season assist leader with 220. With all those assists, Gordon still scored 916 points for the Jaspers. She was also the team's leader in steals three times, giving defense as much attention as offense. Gordon, named MVP in the Loyola Invitational Tournament in 1986, was key to the Jaspers' first-ever MAAC Tournament victory under Coach and Manhattan Hall of Famer Kathy Solano in 1987. As a senior, she led the Jaspers in most statistical categories, including scoring, assists, steals, and free throw percentage, while also shooting 50% from the field. Recognized as one of the league's best, she was a two-time All-MAAC selection.

Bo Kucyna '81

Bo Kucyna '81 is one of the top midfielders and sweepers to come through the Manhattan men's soccer program. Kucyna still holds several Jasper records nearly 35 years later, all in the assist category.  He holds the all-time school record for most assists in a single year (1977 and 1979), 10; most career assists, 34; and most assists in a single game, 5, which came against New York University in 1979. In 1980, he also set a record for most consecutive shutouts as a defensive sweeper with five. In 1977, the team set a school record for longest unbeaten streak with a record of 8-0-3. Kucyna was named First Team All-Conference all four years and was named Conference MVP as a senior. He also received All-New York State Honorable Mention recognition as a junior and a senior. As a junior and a senior, he was named Most Outstanding Player at the College's Block M Awards.

Travis Lyons '98

Travis Lyons '98 enjoyed a decorated four-year career with the Manhattan men's basketball team during one of the winningest eras in program history. As a freshman, he was a key reserve during the NCAA Tournament upset over Oklahoma. The 6'4" forward was the only freshman to play in every game for the Jaspers that year, shooting more than 50% from the field. Lyons played in all 29 games as a sophomore and played a key role in guiding Manhattan to the postseason for the fourth straight year with a bid to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). By his junior year, Lyons was starting regularly and considered one of the hardest Jaspers to guard on the court, shooting over 50% from the field. As a senior captain, he earned All-MAAC First Team honors after shooting 62.1% from the field, the second highest field goal percentage in program history. That year, he averaged 16.4 points per game and was fierce on the boards, grabbing 7.6 rebounds per contest. He led Manhattan in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage during that memorable senior season, which helped engrave his name on the program's Top 100 Jaspers through 100 Seasons list. One of his true Jasper claims to fame was helping power Manhattan past archrival Fordham in all four of his seasons in Riverdale. Lyons is sixth all-time on the program's career list with a .544 field goal percentage.

Tiffanie Poole Gentles '00

Tiffanie Poole '00 enjoyed a stellar career for the Manhattan track & field program, running for coaches Dan Mecca and Joe Ryan. More than a decade after graduating, three of Poole's Jasper records still stand. Indoors, she ran the 200 meters in 24.22 seconds at the New York Sports Museum Invitational at the Armory as a senior, and two weeks later she was a part of the 4x400 meter relay squad that posted a time of 3:41.01 in the Jasper Relays at the Armory. Outdoors, she and her teammates put another 4 x 400m record on the board in 1997, when they posted a time of 3:39.64 to beat schools such as Maryland, St. John's, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Villanova at the highly competitive Penn Relays. She earned All-East Honors four times, both as an individual and relay runner. During her career she set more than a few meet records at both the MAAC and Metropolitan Championships. Again, she showed her teamwork by scoring as both an individual in the 200 meters and a member of the 4 x 400 meter and 4 x 100 meter relay teams. The Met record was set at the Armory in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:45.21. She also took a Met Conference title at Rutgers University as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team and qualified individually for the U.S. Junior Nationals.

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