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2005 Women's Soccer Preview

Release Date:
August 30, 2005
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The Office of Sports Information
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Hawks Ready to Kick-Start 2005 Season

August 30, 2005

HAMBURG, NY - Hilbert College head women’s soccer coach James Ruggiero is looking to a young freshmen class to help push the program into the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) playoffs.  With ten freshmen beginning their collegiate careers in 2005, Ruggiero expects some growing pains early in the season until his young Hawks earn their wings. 

“We have a tough schedule early on and then we jump right into the thick of things in the AMCC so our freshmen will get some great experience right from the start”, stated Ruggiero. "We have several players that I think will be competing for starting positions during training camp and that will keep everyone pushing each other from day one".

The Hawks have three seniors for the 2005 season that will be counted on immediately.  Midfielder and co-captain Jeanmarie Brady (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) enters her final season as the core player in the middle after being near the top of several career statistical categories. “Jeanie is a great competitor and has really matured during her career", mentions Ruggiero.  Jeannette Testa (Forestville, NY/Forestville) and Karen Kalwicki (Sloan, NY/John F. Kennedy) round-out the Hawks senior class.  "Jeannette and Karen have been just wonderful players for our program.  Both have excelled in the classroom and lead by example on the field", says Ruggiero.

Junior midfielder and co-captain Michelle Greco (Jamestown, NY/Jamestown), Rosanne Gawronski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West), and Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew) make-up the junior class. “Michelle is one of the toughest competitors I’ve ever coached while Rosie is a versatile player that can have an impact on any match from just about any position.  Kaitlyn gives us some depth in the midfield with her solid and consistent play”, Ruggiero commented. 

The sophomore class is pretty deep with Jackie Seifert (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) Katrina Galofaro (Dunkirk, NY/Silver Creek), Cristina DiSano (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport), and Jill Kegler (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) all returning after promising rookie campaigns. “This is a great bunch that is very into their soccer and they really bring some great attitudes to the program. They will be a great core of players to continue to watch", said Ruggiero.

The 2004 Hilbert College women's soccer team went 6-9-1 overall and 3-6 in the AMCC while missing the post season play for the first time in five years.

The Hawks open the 2005 season on the road Saturday, September 3rd visiting local rival D'Youville College for a 2:00 PM contest.  The first regular season home game is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th against Medaille College at 3:00 PM.



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.