LEC too much for HC soccer team

Release Date:
October 9, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Loss drops Hawks to 0-5 in AMCC

HAMBURG, NY – Lake Erie College scored two first-half goals en route to a 3-1 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) win at Hilbert College Tuesday. With the win, the visiting Storm improve to 8-5-1 overall and 3-3 in the conference to stay in the hunt for one of six spots in the upcoming men’s post season tournament.

Lake Erie’s Justin Rraya opened the scoring after finishing a pass from Kevin Ankuda at the 8:00 mark to give the Storm the early 1-0 advantage. Joe Starvaggi made it 2-0 at 13:45, but Hilbert would trim the deficit on a unique play in front of Lake Erie keeper Mike Loparo. The Hawks’ Matt Begeal (Northville, NY/Wells) was credited with a throw-in goal that was headed into the Storm net by a Lake Erie defender with 4:30 to play in the half.

Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the second stanza, Lake Erie picked up an insurance goal at 51:00 as Kevin Ankuda beat back-up Hilbert goalie Eric Davis (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) to make it 3-1 with 36:00 still remaining. Unfortunately the Hawks would fail to register another point, and suffered their fourth straight defeat as they continue to search for their first conference win of the season.

On the defensive end, Laparo made three saves for the winners while Davies and starting Hilbert keeper Chris Hannel (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) combined for nine stops.

The Hawks (1-9-2, 0-5) will return to action at home on Saturday against Mount Aloysius College with kick-off scheduled for 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.