Hilbert Beats Cobleskill, Captures League Win

Release Date:
March 28, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

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HAMBURG, NY – The men’s lacrosse team got back to their winning ways with a 10-8 NEAC victory over Cobleskill March 28. The Hawks had balanced scoring with Sean Purtill and Greg Zitnik each netting three goals apiece helping to improve the Hawks to 2-1 in league standings. Cobleskill’s Jeff Fichtner also scored three goals for his Tigers (0-5) as they still search for their first win of the season.

Fichtner put points on the score board twice in the first period motivating the Hawks to regroup at the quarter-break. After a slow-scoring first session, each team scored twice within the first 5 minutes of the second quarter. Hilbert’s Eric Russell broke the seal on the Cobleskill net with Pete Gonzalez hitting twenty-three seconds later. Hilbert scored six second-period goals to Cobleskill’s four which sent both teams to their patch of grass at intermission knotted at 6-6.

The second half of the game appeared to be all Hilbert. Purtill and Zitnik scored one more time each, and Ryan Wagner hit for two himself after returning to action for his first game this season. The Hawks did surrender two second half goals, but Wagner’s back-to-back hits less than 40 seconds apart sealed the deal for Hilbert.

The Hawks held the advantage over the Tigers in every team statistical category. Hilbert almost doubled up on shots (45-25) and ground balls (34-16) and they held a commanding lead in face-offs winning 15 of the 20 performed. William Wagner claimed his first NEAC win going the full sixty minutes in goal. Doug Takac earned five ground balls with Nick Kieffer and Sean Manning each securing four.

Hilbert (2-3, 2-1) has ten days off before they travel to La Roche College April 7 for a non-conference match.

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.