AMCC Recognizes Hawks with Post-Season Honors

Release Date:
November 6, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
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GIBSONIA, PA – Hilbert College women’s soccer player Amber Balseca (Newfane, NY/Newfane) was named second team All-Conference in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) on Monday. Teammates Tricia Knight (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) and Lucy Zver (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg) were Honorable Mention selections, and Coach James Ruggiero was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.

Balseca scored five goals and recorded a team high seven assists for 17 points on the season. The sophomore midfielder played in 17 games and ranked 15th in the conference in points per game with an average of 1.0 per contest.

Knight scored 13 goals to rank her fourth in the conference in goals scored. Her 28 points led the Hawks and her average of 1.87 points per game was good enough for fourth in the league.

Zver returns to the post-season honor roll for the second straight year and helped anchor a defense that produced seven shutouts. The sophomore started all 17 games and tallied one goal while averaging 91 minutes per contest.

Ruggiero led the Hawks to an improved 8-7-2 overall record. Hilbert finished in fifth place in the AMCC and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals after a first round upset of Medaille College. Ruggiero will look forward to the return of 15 scheduled returners for the 2007 season.

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.