The East Coast Conference honored several Mercy College student-athletes and administrators at its end-of-the-year banquet, held on Wednesday, May 25, on Long Island. Honored were senior men’s soccer standout Ben Latchford, senior women’s basketball sharpshooter Ashley Borofsky, sophomore men’s lacrosse goalie T.J. DiCarlo, head men’s lacrosse coach Steven Manitta, and former Director of Athletics Neil Judge.
Latchford (Solihull, England/Sacred Heart College) received the Excellence in Community and Character Award. A defensive midfielder on the men’s soccer team, he scored one goal with one assist this past season, while controlling the middle of the field. A staunch defender, he helped lead the Mavericks to a 6-7-4 record.
Borofsky (Southington, Conn./Southington) earned the women's basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year Award. A forward, Borofsky led the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game, while grabbing 6.3 rebounds. A Corporate Homeland Security major with a minor in criminal justice, she carried a 3.7335 grade point average.
DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) received men's lacrosse Goalkeeper of the Year Award. A strong and steady force for the Mavericks, he led the second-year program to an 11-3 overall record. The Mavericks were ranked nationally every week of the regular season. DiCarlo also earned All-American status, and was the Division II Goalie of the Year.
Manitta (Chatham, N.J.) earned men's lacrosse Coach of the Year Award, and is the only head coach Mercy has ever known. He is the primary architect behind the program who recorded 11 wins in just its second season. Mercy had been selected to finish eighth in the ECC Preseason Coaches Poll, and surprised many by being nationally ranked throughout the season.
Neil Judge received ECC Distinguished Service Award. Judge, a charter member of the Mercy College Athletics Hall of Fame, joined the Mercy College community in 1969, and worked tirelessly for 34 years in support of the Blue and White. His commitment to the student-athletes and staff was second to none. Not only did he lay the foundation for what is today a thriving and growing NCAA Division II athletics department, but he will forever be considered a pillar and friend of Mercy College Athletics.