Gioia and Smolarek Receive Weekly Honors

Release Date:
January 21, 2004
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Men’s basketball player Sam Gioia (W. Seneca West/West Seneca, NY) and women’s basketball player Amanda Smolarek (Villa Maria/Lancaster, NY) were named to the ECAC Honor Roll for their performance during the week ending Jan. 18.

Gioia scored 54 points in leading the Hawks to a 1-1 record last week, including a career-high 39 points in the Hawks 93-81 victory over Cazenovia College on Saturday. He also added eight rebounds and seven assists in the win. The 5’9” junior guard currently leads Hilbert in scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounding (5.0 rpg), and assists (4.3 apg), and is second on the team steals with 17.

Gioia was also named North Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week ending Jan. 18.

Smolarek scored 23 points, grabbed 21 rebounds, and recorded seven steals while leading the Lady Hawks to a 1-1 record last week. She totaled 19 points, 15 rebounds, and five steals in Hilbert’s 54-51 loss to Cazenovia College on Saturday. The 5’11” senior forward currently leads her team in scoring (10.8 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg), and steals (30), and is second on the team in blocked shots with 12.

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.