Attacking Hawks Dominate Tomcats

Wagner Scores Seven
Release Date:
March 24, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

GREENVILLE, PA – Ryan Wagner, ranked 13th in the nation in goals per game, connected for seven, added two assists and had game-high nine ground balls for Hilbert College as they dominated Thiel College in their 17-6 victory March 23. The Hawks outshot Thiel 2 to 1 (57-28), won the ground ball (51-35) and faceoff (18-25) battles as they improved to 4-1 this spring. Pat Lunderman (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Wheatfield) earned another victory in net playing every minute of each game for Hilbert this season.

Wagner (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) opened the scoring at 14:09 in the first quarter and proceeded to hit the back of the net two more times before the 10 minute mark. The Hawks led 7-3 after one session with four different players contributing. Hilbert continued to attack the goal in the second period outshooting the Tomcats 17-5 yet they only outscored Thiel by one goal (3-2). 

Thiel regrouped after half time and played somewhat even with the Hawks, even though the visitors padded their lead with three more goals. The hustling Hawks continued to win ground balls in the final quarter extending their lead to 17-6.

Josh Baker (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) had 13 shots which earned him two goals as well as three assists; Nick Kieffer (Lee Center, NY/Rome Free Academy) picked up seven ground balls and two goals along with winning nine of 13 face-offs for the day. John Jewett (Gowanda, NY/Gowanda) and Greg Zitnik (Blasdell, NY/Frontier) had almost perfect placement on net as they were 2 for 4 (Jewett) and 2 for 3 (Zitnik) goals off shots.

Hilbert continues to roll through their independent league schedule as a first year Division III sport. The Hawks host La Roche College on March 26. The original site location is Hilbert’s campus, although that site may change. Please follow the website for any change in location. (



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.