Hawks Have No Answers For Mavericks

Men's Soccer Finishes Season At Home
Release Date:
October 26, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Hamburg, NY – Hilbert College men’s soccer completed their 2010 regular season schedule when they hosted Medaille College on October 26. The Mavericks were on an offensive attack from their first possession on route to a 6-1 victory. Hilbert finished the season 3-5-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference league standing which slotted them in eight place and out of play offs. Medaille (7-2, 14-4-1) moves on  as the second seed with a first round bye on October 30.

Medaille opened up the scoring three minutes into the game when David Pihlblad put one past Hilbert’s goalie, Kamil Cislak (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster). Six minutes later, Eric Russell {#7 in photo to right} answered back when he twisted his body and fired one to the net off an assist from Ed Sarcione (Eden, NY/Eden). The good feeling of a knotted game (1-1) was short lived when less than 30 seconds later Eric Schnirel headed one in the box off a corner kick scoring the game winner for the Mavericks. By intermission it was 3-1 for the visitors and Hilbert just didn’t have any answers for the offensive power Medaille had on the field. Medaille outshot Hilbert (36-7) and held the advantage in corner kicks (17-2) which hurt the Hawks. Two of Medaille’s six goals were scored off headers from corners. An interesting stat - Medaille had more corner kicks (17) than they had shots on goal (16).

Cislak had his most active games in goal this season stopping many point-blank hard shots and deflecting them out of bounds over the end line.  Russell (Hickory, NY/Iroquois) upped his point total on the year to 16 (5 goals, 6 assists) and Sarcione earned his first assist during the game pushing his point total to 19. 
With the 2010 season complete, the Hawks (3-14-1) must begin to look to the future. Without losing any senior athletes to graduation this year, the team has the potential to return with good depth and experience in 2011.

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.