Hilbert, Keuka to Meet in NEAC Women’s Soccer Championship

Release Date:
October 30, 2003
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, N.Y.- Nicole Devantier (Niagara Catholic/Lewiston, NY), Kristen MacNeil (Immaculata/Lakeview, NY), and Shannon Bieniek scored to give the Hilbert College women’s soccer team a 3-0 win over visiting Cazenovia College (6-10-1) in the semifinals of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.

The number two seeded Lady Hawks (11-9) will take on Keuka College (10-4-1) Sunday at 1 p.m. in the championship game.

The number one seed Storm advance to tomorrow’s championship game with a convincing 4-0 win over Medaille College. The Mavericks knocked off D’Youville College in last Thursday’s play-in game to set up the match-up with Keuka. Katie Melech (Greece-Arcadia/Rochester, NY) netted a pair of goals while teammates Alyssa Hoobler (Colton Pierrepont/Colton, NY) and Courtney Ramble (Hilton/Rochester, NY) scored for the winners. Medaille (3-11-2) keeper Megan Valentine (Homer/Cortland, NY) stopped 13 shots in a losing effort.

The 2003 women’s all-conference team was also announced: Katie Guiliano and Jaclyn Capocefalo (Cazenovia), Lauren Feola (D’Youville), Shannon Bieniek, Wendy Brusso, Nicole DeVantier, and Jessica Macri (Hilbert), Donna Matagliati, Katie Melech, and Liz Ryan Keuka, and Lynn Buehlmann (Medaille).

Tessa Pozzi of Keuka College was selected as the Player of the Year, while Hilbert’s Michelle Greco was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year. Tim Moody of Keuka College earned Coach of the Year honors.

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.