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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Junior midfielder Doug Takac registered a game-high five points on a goal and four assists to lead the Hilbert College men’s lacrosse team past Emmanuel College, 10-6, Wednesday morning in spring break action at the Ashley Booth Filed. With the win, the Hawks improved to 1-2 on the year while the loss drops the Saints to 2-2.
Emmanuel outscored Hilbert in both the second and fourth quarters but fortunately the Hawks had break-out opening sessions to start and restart action in the first and third quarters.
Hilbert opened the scoring with a man-up goal by sophomore attackman Elliott Russillio just 1:38 into the game. Minutes later, senior middie James Knapp made it 2-0 on an unassisted score. Emmanuel cut the lead in half when freshman middie Chris Curtis (Ashland, Mass.) buried a shot with the help of a Jake Jaskolski (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) assist to make it 2-1.
The Hawks controlled the remainder of the action in the opening quarter as senior midfielder John Pingitore and Takac netted goals just 49 seconds apart to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead heading into the second quarter.
The only goal in the second period came at the 5:09 mark when Emmanuel junior attacker Brian O’Regan (Milton, Mass) converted a feed from freshman Kaile MacLeadn-Daley (Moretown, Vt.) to make it 4-2 heading into the halftime intermission.
Hilbert sophomore midfielder Brendan Kane opened the second half scoring with a marker at 8:57 to put the Hawks on top 5-2 before MacLean-Daley answered with his first score of the afternoon to keep the game within reach at 5-3.
Over the final five minutes of the quarter the Hawks would take control of the action, outscoring the Saints 4-1 during the span to take the 9-4 lead into the final quarter. Junior middie Nick Kieffer started to run with a score to make it 6-3 before junior attacker Sean Purtill netted a man-up score to make it 7-3. Junior middie Shaughn Irving gave the Hawks their largest lead of the day with his score with 4:03 remaining in the third to make it 8-3. MacLean-Daley struck for the Saints, potting his second goal of the afternoon to make it 8-4 but sophomore middie Drew Ulbrich capped the quarter’s scoring with a goal with 1:48 left to make it 9-4 heading into the final quarter.
The Saints made it interesting, scoring two goals early in the action to cut the lead to 9-6 with over 11 minutes remaining as Jaskolski and Curtis each found the back of the net but despite numerous man-up situations, Emmanuel could not get any closer and a score by Hilbert’s sophomore attackman Elliot Russillio with 9:03 to play was more than enough for the Hawks to hold on for the 10-6 win.
Emmanuel outshot the Hawks 53-32 on the afternoon but only put 19 shots on frame in which 13 were stopped by sophomore goalie William Wagner for his first win of the year. Saints goalkeeper Austin Lauzier was brilliant in first half, stopping eight shots and finished the game with 10 saves.
Hilbert is idle until March 20 when they travel to Thiel College at 4:00 PM.
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