Hilbert's Balanced Scoring Leads to Victory

Lamb and Morse Honored at Half Time
Release Date:
April 19, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – With consistent and balanced team scoring, Hilbert College captured the re-match game against La Roche College in men’s lacrosse April 19. The Hawks from Hamburg never trailed in the contest and used a La Roche penalty to their favor to win 16-12 and improve to 6-5 for the season.  

Six Hawks found the back of the RedHawk net multiple times with three Hawks also assisting on three or more goals. Kori Halftown (Gowanda, NY/Gowanda) led the charge with 3 goals /  4 assists and 4 ground balls. Ryan Wagner (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) continues to be a ground ball-getter picking up 19 as well as winning 18 of his 27 face-offs. Nationally ranked Wagner (#2 as of April 18) and Josh Baker (#24) (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) each scored 3 goals in the teams composed play.

John Jewett (Blasdell, NY/Frontier) opened the scoring and was followed up with a Wagner goal at 12:50. After an unassisted goal by La Roche, Halftown and Eric Russell (Hickory, NY/Iroquois) each put one past Eugene LaBorde giving the Hawks a 5-2 lead after 15 minutes.

La Roche found a little life in the second quarter outscoring the hosts 5-4 but it was their first goal in the third quarter that tied up the game 8-8. Mid-quarter, Baker scored twice and Jewett closed the session with another goal of his own giving an 11-8 advantage back to Hilbert.  

Both teams were finding holes in the defense and scoring every other possession it seemed. But it was the 1 minute major penalty called on Shawn Teixeira that gave the Hawks an opportunity to score two quick goals (15-10), one by Nick Kieffer (Lee Center, NY/Rome Free Academy) and the other by Sean Purtill (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) (both assisted by Wagner) closing the door on any comeback.

Hilbert ranked #6 in ground balls a game nationally won the battle (58-48) against the #2 ranked La Roche and the Hawks were 6 of 10 in extra man opportunities compared to La Roche’s 3 for 12.  Pat Lunderman (Niaraga Falls, NY/Niagara Wheatfield) finished the day with 17 saves for Hilbert.

At half time of the game, the Hawks honored their two graduating seniors Matt Lamb (Whitesboro, NY/Whitesboro) and Brandon Morse (Central Square, NY Paul V. Moore).

Hilbert’s last game of the season is scheduled for April 27 when they host Medaille College in a 4 pm start. 




Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.