Three Players Honored on Senior Day

Knapp records first collegiate goal
Release Date:
October 19, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY-   The Hilbert men’s soccer team honored three seniors on Saturday, October, 19 during their Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference(AMCC) game against Penn State Altoona. The Hawks fell short by a score of 2-1 in a great effort on a day dedicated to celebrating the seniors, forward Dave Cunningham (Cheektowaga, NY/ Maryvale) , defenseman Greg Lake (West Seneca, NY/ West Seneca West) and defenseman Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/ Wells).

In the first period of play the Hawks defense as well as freshman goal keeper Josh Taylor (Angola, NY/ Frontier) held Altoona to a scoreless first half. Taylor faced 13 shots, making seven saves for the shut out in the first forty five minutes of play. Taylor would finish with 10 saves on the day.
The first goal of the game came in second half in the 59th minute of play when Nicholas Kline connected on a pass from Michael Liebert to put Altoona up 1-0. Altoona’s second goal arrived just 16 minutes later to put the Lions ahead by a score of 2-0.
The Hawks remained relentless after the second goal against them as they continued to push forward on offense in efforts to generate a goal. The Hawks would capitalize on their offensive pressure in the 86th minute of play erasing the 2-0 deficit.
Freshman forward James Knapp (Lockport, NY/ St. Mary’s Lancaster) recorded his first collegiate goal of the season finding the back of the net off an assist from senior defenseman Greg Lake {in photo to right}. This was Lake’s first assist of his career.
“We created more offense against a very good team which shows signs of team progression” said Coach Kronenwetter.
The Lion’s would go on to win the game by a score of 2-1 improving their conference record to 4-2. The loss dropped Hilbert’s conference record to 1-6-1.
Despite the loss “I love how we played” said Kronenwetter. “I played a new formation and I love how the kids responded even though we still fell short. The three seniors played very well today in a game which was dedicated to honoring them. It was a great effort.”
The Hawks have two games remaining in the 2009 season. Their last home game will be played on Wednesday, October, 21 as they face conference foe the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford at 1 p.m. on Hilbert Soccer Field.


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.