Women's Soccer Team Shoots For Fast Start

Release Date:
August 15, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

2006 Season Preview

HAMBURG, NY - The upcoming soccer season will present some new challenges for the Hilbert College women’s program and head coach James Ruggiero.  Now in his eighth year on the sidelines, Ruggiero’s 2006 Hawks are a relatively young group with only three returning seniors.  Eleven home games decorate the Hawks schedule where building on last year’s 6-9-2 overall record starts on Friday, September 1 against Thiel College.

 “As a program we are very excited for this season, but we realize that the overall makeup of our team will still be very young” stated Ruggiero.  The AMCC portion of the Hawks schedule will again be competitive.  The Hawks took opponents to overtime four different times in 2005 and that experience should assist in improving upon last year’s eighth place finish in the conference.

 Led by senior captain Michelle Greco (Jamestown, NY/Southwestern), the Hawks will look for strong play from a host of players including fellow seniors Rosanne Gawronski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew). 

 Greco, a two-year captain, has been one of Ruggiero’s central midfielders and looks to help anchor the middle again in 2006.  Gawronski, a versatile player has played every field position but settled into a flank midfield spot last season.  Miller is the remaining senior and has been playing forward as of late.  “These seniors are fine players as well as strong students,” mentioned Ruggiero.  “Michelle, Kaitlyn and Rosie have really helped to bring our program to the next level and I am very proud of each of them”.

 Ruggiero’s junior class is a talented group and the coaching staff’s expectations for continued success hinge upon their continued development.   Defender Cristina DiSano (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) has performed well and midfielder Katrina Galofaro (Dunkirk, NY/Silver Creek) has settled into a flank midfielder and had some strong games in 2005.  Another two-year starter, and former goaltender, is Jaclyn Seifert (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) who strives at defending midfielder.  Midfielder Jill Kegler (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) played a supporting role her first two seasons but looks to see more action this fall.

 The class of 2009 yielded some of the program’s top recruits with the addition of central midfielder Amber Balseca (Newfane, NY/Newfane).  Balseca led the 2005 Hawks in scoring where she posted seven goals and three assists in her rookie season.  Defender Lucilla Zver (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg) finished second on the team in scoring with six goals and three assists while earning AMCC All-Conference Third Team honors. Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) brings significant experience on defense where she played every minute last season as the Hawks goalkeeper.  Tanya Pohzehl (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) made 17 starts in 2005 and played the very difficult left flank defender position.  Colleen Hanrahan (Tinton Falls, NJ/Monmouth Regional) returns as a midfielder and Jennifer Wade (Buffalo, NY/Mt. Mercy) and Anna McEvoy (Angola, NY/Immaculata Academy) are back to help solidify the defense.

Newcomers looking to provide a spark for the Hawks include junior transfer Tricia Knight (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) who can play forward.  Freshmen Samantha Cevaer (Ransomville, NY/Wilson) and Maggie Fage (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem) will play midfield and Jessica Morse (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) is a first-year goalkeeper providing depth to coach Ruggiero’s roster. 

 “With the mix of returning and incoming players we will certainly have some fun watching the team’s progression in training camp”, indicated Ruggiero.  “I think we could have another strong group this year.”

 Important dates on the 2006 schedule include September 23rd’s home game against Penn State Altoona (Family Day) and October 21st’s home contest with La Roche College (Senior Day).

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.