Hilbert Hits The Road

Release Date:
March 11, 2013
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333


HAMBURG, NY – Spring break is here at Hilbert College.

All four spring sport teams have hit the road seeking warmer pastures to train and prepare for their traditional seasons in Western New York. The Baseball team departed for Fort Pierce, Florida while the men’s lacrosse and softball teams traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The women’s lacrosse team stayed closer to home, playing two games in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.

Softball opened the week Sunday, March 9 with a 11-1 loss to Johnson State.   That game was the Hawks first time outside the four walls of the Hafner Center in Hamburg. The next morning, Hilbert squared off against the same opponent from Vermont and improved, losing the morning game (2-0) before they rebounded for an 11-7 victory.

The men’s lacrosse team played their second game of the season, but their first in warm weather on March 9th. The Catholic University earned a 19-9 win while senior John Pingitore finished with 4 goals and an assist for the Hawks.

Women’s lacrosse played their first scrimmage away from the New York area when they faced Grove City College March 9th.  The well-oiled club team grabbed a 14-5 victory and gave the Hawks a taste of college lacrosse as they begin their first year as a Division III program.

The team who traveled the furthest didn’t waste any time getting out on the field and tossing the ball around. After their 24-hour bus ride, Hilbert dropped a double-header to Delaware Valley (12-6, 4-2) March 10th. Senior Garrett Pauly took the loss in 3-innings of work while freshman Matt Goraj followed with 3-solid innings before Andrew Cartaginese finished the final 3 outs; junior Joe Pernick had 2 hits in the morning game. Freshman Colby Parachoniak went 5-innings (sophomore Justin Hulbert 1-inning) as the Hawks found some life in their appearances at the plate as seniors Chris Hoak and Ryan Ilardi connected for two hits each.

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.