Hawks Overcome By Wildcats

Release Date:
April 7, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

MORRISVILLE, NY – In a game being played at SUNY Morrisville because of field conditions, the Cazenovia College men’s lacrosse team took a hard-fought 14-12 victory from Hilbert College April 6. While the conditions were frigid on the field the action was hot under the lights. 

Greg Zitnik (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) stormed out of the gate to score the game’s first goal within 15 seconds of the opening horn.  Ryan Wagner (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) won his first face-off, picked up the ground ball, and passed it to Zitnik, who fired the ball between the pipes. Cazenovia’s Jamil Modaffari and TJ Shaw would lift the Wildcats to a quick 4-1 lead over the next four minutes before Sean Purtill (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) hooked up with Wagner for Wagner’s first goal of the game.  Caz scored one more goal with just over a minute left giving the host team a 5-2 lead to end the first session.

The second quarter was evenly played with both squads finding ways to score 4 goals apiece putting Cazenovia up 9-6 by intermission. Josh Baker (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) and Sean Purtill each scored twice for the Hawks showing some fight before half time.

The Hawks came out motivated in the second half, going on a 5-1 run to take an 11-10 lead with 14:53 remaining in the game. After each team traded a goal in the 4th, it was Modaffari that came through in the clutch for the Wildcats ripping the net for three straight goals securing the 14-12 win for Cazenovia (3-4).

Wagner finished the game with 4 goals (1 assist) after dominating the face-off circle. Purtill finished with 3 goals (2 assists) with Baker netting 4 goals himself. Cazenovia was led by Modaffair’s 5 goals and had help from Shaw and Jevon Pakkala who each finished the day scoring three goals each. 

Hilbert (4-3) travels April 9 to Pittsburgh, PA and will face La Roche College (2-4) at 2pm.



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.