Men's Lacrosse Evens Record After Big Win At Thiel

Release Date:
March 21, 2013
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Box Score

GREENVILLE, PA – Senior John Pingitore opened and closed Hilbert’s scoring while junior Sean Purtill jammed the middle portion of the stat-sheet in the Hawks 15-2 non-league victory over Thiel College March 20. Hilbert improved to 2-2 and dropped the hosts to a 2-4 overall record.

Besides getting the road win, the Hawks were happy to play inside the dome placed over the college’s football field. Pingitore and Purtill each netted 5 goals and added 1 assist while William Wagner finished with another stellar performance making 16 saves in goal.

Hilbert out-worked the Tomcats in ground balls (40-29) and had 9 fewer turnovers (26-17) as both teams struggled to judge the bounce of the ball off the frozen tundra.   The Hawks were on the attack from the get-go, earning double-digit shots each period and finished with 16 more attempts than Thiel. 

Pingitore and Thiel’s Tim O’Shea earned points in the first quarter.  Hilbert watched Carmen Papa riffle one past Wagner for back to back man-up goals for Thiel as they held an early 2-1 advantage.

That was it for Thiel’s offense as Hilbert went on a 14-0 run over the last 11 minutes in the second quarter and the entire second half. Pingitore knotted the game at 11:16 off a Drew Ulbrich feed and less than one minute later, Purtill took a Lucas Cellino pass and turned it into the game-winning goal.

Sophomores Brendan Kane and Aaron Romanowski each found the back of the net in the first half, when Purtill wasn’t scoring.

Senior Greg Zitnik, and  freshmen Todd Bentley and  Bryan Binaxas were other first-time scorers this season padding the score late in the game. 

Kane added 3 assists to his 1 goal and Kyle Mackowiak’s 5 ground balls led 18 Hawks who were credited with hustling after and scooping up a ground ball.

Hilbert’s next game is against first-year Franciscan University March 24 in Steubenville, OH. The Hawks are scheduled to host their first home game Saturday, March 30 against Cobleskill in their first NEAC league game.

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.