Lacrosse Has Clean Sweep to Open Year

Release Date:
March 6, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

READING, PA – Alvernia University kept pace through the first half, but Hilbert turned up the heat in the fourth quarter to run away with a 14-8 victory March 6 in a non-conference men’s lacrosse game. Ryan Wagner (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) led the Hawks with 4 goals, 1 assist, 16 ground balls and was 19-24 in face-offs.  The Hawks move to 2-0 on the young season and Alvernia drops to 1-1.

As the team did one day earlier, Hilbert opened up the scoring first with three quick goals within the first three minutes of the game. Josh Baker (Blasdell, NY/Frontier) scored twice and Greg Zitnik (Blasdell, NY/Frontier) scored unassisted all by the 12:11 minute mark. Alvernia responded with three goals of their own closing the gap before Wagner and Sean Purtill (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) finished the first quarter scoring giving the Hawks a 5-3 lead.

Alvernia knotted the game at 6-6 by half time and then both teams went on mini-runs in the third period before Wagner scored unassisted to give the Hawks a 10-8 advantage heading into the last quarter.

Scoring for the Hawks comes in bunches and it happened again. Purtill opened the 4th with an unassisted goal (10:27), and Wagner responded nine seconds later. At 6:56, Purtill scored again (Baker with the assist) before Zitnik tallied another goal twelve seconds later finishing the scoring for the day.

The Hawks return to Western NY for a week of practice before they head south to Myrtle Beach, SC (March 12 – March 18) to participate in the Snowbirds Lacrosse tournament.   During the week, the Hawks will face-off against SUNY Cobleskill.


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.