Strong Second Half Not Enough for Lacrosse
- Release Date:
- March 15, 2011
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
Myrtle Beach, SC – After scoring the game’s first goal, the Hilbert College lacrosse team got themselves into first-half penalty trouble allowing SUNY Cobleskill to build a nice cushion (10-3) by half time. The Fighting Tigers (2-1) held their lead the rest of the game and earned a 14-9 victory over the first-year Hawks program. Ryan Wagner (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) led Hilbert’s (2-1) offense with five goals, giving him 12 scores in the team’s first three contests.
Cobleskill built a 7-2 lead after the first quarter, and, by winning the face-off and ground ball battles, they continued to control the game in the second quarter. Hilbert’s goalie, Pat Lunderman (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Wheatfield) turned back numerous point-blank shots (16 saves) in the first half, keeping the Hawk’s hopes alive for a strong second-half comeback.
Hilbert made adjustments during intermission then took the field with purpose. Nick Kieffer (Lee Center, NY/Rome Free Academy) made minor corrections to his face-off circle routine (winning 4 of 6) which helped Hilbert gain extra possessions / scoring opportunities. Josh Baker (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) racked up two goals (two assists) to pair with Wagner’s two back-to-back quick hitters in the second half. In the end, Hilbert’s first half penalties and the Tigers strong play proved to be too much for the young Hawks team to overcome.
Both teams will go at it again on March 16 with another 2pm game in Myrtle Beach in the Snowbird Lacrosse spring break tournament.
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. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.