Manhattanville Athletics Mourns the Loss of Robby Schartner https://t.co/MST0ZbiXme— MVille Valiants (@GoValiants) October 9, 2016
Tragedy struck Manhattanville College on Sunday, as reports came out that junior lacrosse player Robby Schartner was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver early Sunday morning. ABC 7 NY did a segment on the horrible accident, which you can find below.
The alleged drunk driver did stop to call the police. Once police arrived the driver was arrested and charged with a “felony count of vehicular homicide and a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.”
Manhattanville College confirmed the news yesterday with a press release on the men’s lacrosse team home page. Manhattanville President Michael Geisler, Ph.D. wrote the following in an email to Manhattanville students, faculty and staff:
"In his three years as a men's lacrosse player Robert earned his spot on the team the hard way. It was not easy for him, but the sacrifices he made inspired the team and epitomized what it means to be a scholar-athlete at Manhattanville. The level of Robert's commitment to his team could never come into question; whatever he was asked to do, he did with a smile on his face. That was his understanding of what it means to be a true teammate. He loved the sport of lacrosse, he loved his teammates and he loved being a Manhattanville lacrosse player. … We are all in shock and we extend our prayers and condolences to his family members and friends."
Robby received significant playing time last season, playing in ten games including 8 starts. The Brookfield, Conn. native was expected to challenge for more playing time this year. He studied marketing and was a popular member of the team.
Manhattanville men’s lacrosse head coach Ryder Bohlander, tweeted out a heartfelt message and link to a GoFundMe page to help Robby’s family deal with all the expenses after the horrific accident on Sunday morning.