2011 Men's Lacrosse Season Recap
- Release Date:
- June 1, 2011
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
2011 Season Review: The 2011 men’s lacrosse team took the field with rookie Division III varsity experience but did everything but play like rookies. Coach Rick Schunke was able to blend former Hilbert College eager club-lacrosse players with transfer and incoming freshmen athletes into a competitive squad. The Hawks were in every game and battled to a 6-6 overall record playing an independent schedule their inaugural season.
Hilbert opened their season up with two road wins in early March. The 19-6 win over Penn State Abington was matched the next afternoon at Alvernia (14-8). The Hawks traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC during the college’s spring break for the opportunity to work on skills, play a few games and enjoy the team-building moments that fall into place with team sports traveling for extended periods of time. SUNY Cobleskill grabbed the first game 14-9 before the Hawks rebounded 24 hours later and to take a 11-10 win. With a 3-1 record, the Hawks continued their game schedule playing in terrible spring conditions which varied from rain drenched mud-pits, to cold, windy snow showers. The royal and white went 0-4 (Thiel, Keuka, Cazenovia and an over-time loss to La Roche) before picking up their first northern win against Wells College (18-9). Morrisville State, La Roche and Medaille completed the schedule, all home games for the Hawks. Morrisville dominated the first and third quarters building enough separation for the 11 goal-differential win. On senior day, Hilbert earned a pay-back victory over La Roche (16-12) with seniors Matt Lamb and Brandon Morse being honored by their team and coaches at half time of the game. Medaille College earned a 27-16 victory over the Hawks to complete the season.
The first-year team finished the season ranked in a number of NCAA Division III categories as a result of several individual performers. Sophomore Ryan Wagner (Orchard Park, NY/ Canisius) (with freshman-eligibility) led the Hawks offense with 62 points (45 goals and 17 assists), shots on goal (78), ground balls (139) and face-offs won (144). The midfielder’s efforts ranked him in the NCAA Division III national polls: #2 in goals per game (3.75), #3 in ground balls per game (11.58), #4 in points per game (5.17) and #10 in face-offs percentage (.644).
Freshman Josh Baker (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) was another scoring threat for the Hawks chipping in 50 points (39 goals and 11 assists) and firing 110 shots. Number 88 ranked nationally in points per game (#25 – 4.17) and goals per game (tied for #9 at 3.25).
Ranked nationally in assists per game were Sean Purtill (#22) and Kori Halftown (#31). Purtill (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) passed for 23 assists while netting 16 goals, and Halftown (Gowanda, NY/Gowanda) earned 17 goals and 16 assists.
Freshman Pat Lunderman (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Wheatfield) was the main goalie for the Hawks all season long. He parked himself in the net 708 of the 723 minutes played during the season. The lanky goalie ranked 40th nationally with 12.08 saves per game with his save percentage of .490.
To view the 2011 Men's Lacrosse season recap click (here).
The Hawks are looking forward to their second year of Division III competition as an associate member of the North East Atlantic Conference beginning 2012.
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. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.