Valiants Look to Rebuild Under New Head Coach

Kevin Warnock will look to erase recent memories of seasons past and lead the program in a new direction. The change in head coach also comes with a change in the MAC this season. as the conference will now sponsor two separate leagues, with the Valiants joining the Freedom Conference as is the case with Manhattanville's other team sports.

Warnock comes to Purchase with a decorated lacrosse past which included his collegiate playing career at the nationally recognized Springfield Pride program. After graduating he began coaching at Western New England for a few seasons before heading south to St. Leo University in Florida to help build the up-and-coming program. After two years in Florida, Warnock returned to New England and took a position at Bates College for three seasons prior to making his way to Manhattanville.

The program Warnock will lead this season returns several key members from last year's squad including the second leading scorers from last season, senior Joe Daly (Mahopac, N.Y., Mahopac) who had 16 goals and five assists in 2011. Also back with 21 points is sophomore Brian D'Iorio (Huntington, N.Y., Saint Anthony's) who had 10 goals and 11 assists. On the defensive side of the ball the Valiants return senior captain Phil Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., Walter Panas) who started in all 16 games last season while collecting a team-high 51 ground balls while causing 20 turnovers.

The front line of Manhattanville is headlined by four returners, who will need to play a larger part in the offense after the departure of Mike Strauss '11. The attack will be led by D'Iorio and three other returners who all saw time in the starting lineup last season.

Junior Will Sahakian (Natick, Mass., Rivers School) started in 14 games a season ago and contributed to the offense with 10 goals and added six assists as he finished fourth on the team in points in 2011. Also returning this season are sophomores Jeb Miller (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Cold Spring Harbor) and Brendan Kuntz (Ridgewood, N.J., Ridgewood), Miller also reached double-figures in goals with 10 as a freshman, Kuntz added five goals as well during his first season while getting the starting nod in seven contests.

Joining the three letterwinners are five freshmen, Tom Tarczali (Stratford, Conn., Saint Joseph) comes to Manhattanville after a successful high school career that ended last season with a Connecticut State Championship. Travis Quinones (Nanuet, N.Y., Nanuet) also joins the team after a high school sectional championship last season. Four-year high school starters Conor Reeves (Tappan, N.Y., Tappan Zee), Evan Maultasch (Great Neck, N.Y., Great Neck South), and Corey Steimel (Wyckoff, N.J., Ramapo) will also look to break into the Manhattanville starting unit.

The midfield will also have a mixture of youth with their returning unit led by Daly and fellow senior Conor McAndrew (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Cold Spring Harbor) who have a combined 89 games on the field for Manhattanville. Daly brings his team-leading 21 points back from a season ago, while McAndrew returns with four goals and six assists after limited action last year.

Also in the midfield mix are a quartet of juniors headlined by Bill Motherway (Kings Park, N.Y., Kings Park) who brings his faceoff skills in addition to his 13 points back to the unit. Motherway led the team last season in faceoff percent going 23 for 42 for a 54.8 winning percent, the Long Island native also tallied 11 goals and a pair of assists in 15 games last year.

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