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Menís Lacrosse Adds 11 to 2013 Roster

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics Department
Release: 10/09/2012
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan men's lacrosse team will welcome an incoming class of 11 new players to the squad for the 2013 season head coach Steve Manitta announced on Tuesday. A total of 10 freshmen and one transfer will join the Jaspers as they look to compete for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title.

The lone transfer of the group, Patrick Hodapp (Oak Ridge, N.J./Jefferson Township), followed coach Manitta to Riverdale after two successful seasons at Mercy College. Hodapp collected over 35 points in two seasons for the Mavericks and was named to the New Jersey All-Stars Team that played against the Gold Medal winning U-19 USA Team.

"Pat has meshed nicely with this Jasper group," says Manitta. "He's playing his absolute best lacrosse, and has helped in the transition of a new offensive system."

Freshmen Mike DiPascali, Nick Enright, Jimmy Rogers, Darien Bica, Sam Izzarelli, Stephen Farrell, Nick Strano, Alex Gitlitz, Matt Ruquet and John Dugan will begin their careers in 2013 with Manhattan.

DiPascali (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) is a strong offensive threat that helped his high school to four consecutive county and group titles while leading the squad to a No. 3 national ranking in 2012. He will be joined in the attack by Enright (Berkeley Height, N.J./Governor Livingston), who led his team in goals with 35 as a junior en route to being named to the Garden State Games team.

"Mike's quickness and lacrosse IQ will surely benefit this talented offensive group," said Manitta. "Nick runs the field well and will make a push to see major minutes in 2013. He can dodge and create from both above and below the goal."

Other offensive additions include Rogers, Dugan, and Farrell. Rogers (Annapolis, Md./DeMatha) was an All-Conference performer for the Stags and was a finalist for the C. Markland Kelly Award given to the top high school lacrosse player in the state of Maryland. He comes from a strong lacrosse family, as his brother Mike played four years at Notre Dame while his sister Katie also played in college for Washington College.

"Jimmy has been the biggest surprise this fall," Manitta noted. "He's a handful against short stick and long pole defenders. Very slick for a bigger kid and will be a big part of our system."

No stranger to Gaelic Park, Dugan (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) will take the same field his sister Elizabeth (Class of 2012) played on for four years. A talented player in his own right, he was a two year captain at North Rockland and was named All-League, All-County and All-Section as a senior.

"John comes not only from a strong high school background but a good lacrosse family," the first year head coach said. "I look forward to having him contribute to our team."

Farrell (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) will look to add some extra fire power to the Jaspers after an impressive high school career. The 6'0" attackman led his team in both points and assists in each of his final two seasons while being named captain as a senior.

"Stephen is our top incoming attacker and is seeing minutes with our seniors for a reason," said Manitta. "He has very good hands inside and uses his body well in and out of dodges."

Manhattan will also enjoy the talents of a freshman face-off specialist in Ruquet (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point). Ruquet was named All-Division in his senior year after holding the top face-off percentage in Long Island.   

"We like Matt as more than just a face-off specialist," Manitta said of Ruquet. "He can play defense and makes good decisions off the draw."

Izzarelli (Amston, Conn./Xavier) was a four year starter in high school and was named a Connecticut senior All-Star while also earning All-Conference and All-New Haven accolades as a long-stick midfielder. Also a defensive specialist is Bica (Irvington, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry) who was a member of the first ever boy's lacrosse team in school history as an eighth grader. After being named All-League, he is the first player in school history to play Division I men's lacrosse.

"Sam is a smart and athletic defensive player with a very good stick. Darien plays lacrosse like a linebacker. He has a very high motor and tremendous upside."

Strano (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) and Gitlitz (Centerport, N.Y./Chaminade) both played in the midfield in high school and will look for playing time in their rookie season. Strano was a three-year letterwinner at Rocky Point and was named a Brine/Adidas All-American as a senior along with earning a spot on the All-County and All-Division teams. Gitlitz was a four year player for Chaminade earning two letters in the midfield as well as also playing some long-pole.

"Three sport athletes are rare these days, but Nick pulled it off. He's an explosive two-way midfielder who can score and play great defense. Alex comes from an outstanding and storied program. He has solidified one of our few top spots at long-stick midfielder.

This class of Jaspers will join a group of 27 returning players from 2012 that looks to return to the MAAC Tournament for the first time since the 2010 season.

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