Hilbert Lady Hawks Win 2003 NEAC Tourney/Five Players Receive NEAC Honors

Release Date:
November 3, 2003
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Freshman Kristy McNeil’s (Immaculata/Lakeview, NY) goal midway through the second half proved to be enough to lift Hilbert College past  Keuka College 1-0 in the women’s North Eastern Athletic Conference tournament finals on Sunday. Shannon Bieniek (West Seneca West/Orchard Park, NY) and Rosanne Gawronski (West Seneca West/West Seneca, NY) picked up assists on the play.


Lady Hawks keeper Wendy Brusso (Marion/Marion, NY) turned away 12 shots on goal for her second straight shutout and took home tournament MVP honors for Hilbert.


While Sunday’s playing conditions were anything but ideal, it didn’t stop rain-soaked Hilbert coach Jamie Ruggerio from celebrating his second straight tournament title.


“I'm extremely pleased with our defense effort during our last few outings,”said Ruggerio. “We’ve only surrendered three goals in our past six games and are playing very well as a group.”


Hilbert ends their season with a record of 12-9. Bieniek, Brusso, Nicole DeVantier (Niagara Catholic/Lewiston, NY), and Jessica Macri (Niagara Falls/Niagara Falls, NY) received NEAC All-Conference honors and Michelle Greco (Southwestern/Jamestown, NY) was named NEAC Newcomer of the Year.

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.