Athletics Update – April 4

Simon Helped Hilbert Take Second Straight Win Over Medaille
. – Hilbert College battled to a 12-10 NEAC victory in men’s lacrosse April 2nd.  With the Hawks second in-a-row win over the Mavericks tracking back to last year’s play-off win, Hilbert improved to 2-0 in league play and evened their overall record to 2-2.  Hilbert out-hustled the Mavericks and dominated the fourth quarter to pull away with the win.

Freshman Matthew Simon led the Hawks charge with five goals off seven shots to post his 11th goal this season.  Junior Elliott Russillio tallied three goals and Drew Ulbrich added two scores and three assists.  Doug Takac was credited with a game-high seven ground balls while finding the back of the net once and setting up two scores.

Hilbert doubled-up Medaille in both shots (40-19) and ground balls (31-16).

Nick Kieffer won 11 of his 18 face-offs, as Hilbert claimed 14 of the 25 during the game.  Hilbert’s Brenden Deady claimed his second straight win turning away six shots  between the pipes.

Medaille was efficient the first 15-minutes scoring twice for a shut-out lead over Hilbert at the end of the first quarter.

Ulbrich got the Hawks on the score board just 35-seconds into the second period.  After a Maverick goal at 8:54, Hilbert went on a 5-1 run to take 6-4 lead at intermission. Ulbrich and Russillio found their form with two each and Takac and Simon closed the gap.

Medaille rebounded and scored four unanswered goals after intermission before Russillio stopped the Maverick run.  Both teams traded scores to close the 3rd quarter with a 9-8 home-team lead.

Brady Metcalf knotted the game for the last time at 10:19 and from there, Matthew Simon went on a three-goal run for the win.

Medaille was led by Brock Levick’s four goals as the Mavericks fell to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in NEAC.

Up next for Hilbert is a trip to the Albany area April 5th.  The Hawks face Cobleskill in a 2pm important NEAC game on the road.

Softball Suffers First AMCC Loss
– Getting a chance to play their first softball game since March 12th, the Hilbert Hawks traveled to northwest PA and surrendered two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference games to the Penn State Behrend April 2.  Hilbert gave up early runs in both games and fell short with 5-1 and 9-4 defeats to drop to 0-2 in AMCC play.

Victoria Dzaak led the Hawks with 2 RBI’s in the second game in the top of the fourth inning.  Behrend grabbed a quick 5-run lead in the bottom of the second before Dzaak’s single got the Hawks on the board in the fourth.  Erin Smith went 1 for 2 with one walk and added her RBI in the 6th sandwiched between the Lions double-runs in the 5th and 6th.  With a 9-3 hole to dig out of, Eliza Stringham poked her single to left field in the 7th sending Brittany Hancy home for the 9-4 loss.

Dzaak carried Hilbert through 4.1 innings before Natalie Whitman stepped in the circle for the rest of the way.  Whitman closed with two strike-outs while giving up two hits resulting in two runs.

In the earlier game, Amanda Binder singled through the left side as Hilbert’s first base runner with a 2-out count.  Rachel Collier‘s double to right field pushed Binder home and gave Hilbert it’s only lead of the day.  Behrend responded in the bottom of the 1st with two quick base-on-balls, and a sac bunt to load the bases.  The Lions big hitter singled and then advanced off a Hilbert error which gave the runner on second enough time to scoot home for a 2-1 lead.  The hosts chopped away at the ball in the 3rd inning with four hits and 3 RBI for the final 5-1 victory.

Binder went 2 for 3 in the low scoring game.  Jaelyn Gotham went the full six innings giving up seven hits with four walks and three strike outs.

Hilbert hopes to return to action Saturday, April 5th with another AMCC double header in Pittsburgh against La Roche College.

Weaver’s 50 Kills Help the Hawks Split Games in Trimatch
HAMBURG, NY – In nine sets played for the Hawks, Adam Weaver had 50 kills as Hilbert split their games, falling to Juniata 3-1 and beating Penn State Altoona 3-2. Juniata, the #1-ranked team in DIII men’s volleyball also sailed past Altoona 3-0 to complete today’s tri-match.

Juniata took the opening game against Hilbert, 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-12). In the first set, Andrew Duncan‘s kill off a David Mellerski set notched the score up at 19. However, back-to-back aces by Juniata’s Alex McColgin gave Juniata the 22-19 lead. Weaver responded with two kills of his own but it was not enough and the Hawks fell 25-22.

Hilbert was able to take an early 9-3 lead in the second set due to Juniata’s four straight attack errors and Korey Schwab‘s strong offensive presence. Juniata pulled within four (16-12) but Schwab drilled a kill to the back corner and followed it up with a solo block to give Hilbert the six-point lead. Hilbert continued to fire on all cylinders and led by as much as eight until the Hawks finally grabbed the 25-18 win. The final two sets consisted of strong offensive play by Juniata and errors by Hilbert. In the first two sets Hilbert combined for only six errors, but combined for 15 errors in the final two sets.

Weaver led the way for the Hawks with 13 kills while Schwab added nine kills and eleven digs. Ryan Ratajczak had eight digs in the loss and Mellerski had 28 assists. For Juniata, Alex McColgin had nine kills to go with the team-high five digs. Matt Elias and Ryan Shelton each added fifteen assists.

In the second game of the trimatch, Juniata handled Penn State Altoona easily with three straight wins (25-12, 25-17, 25-14). Tommy Keisling led Juniata with nine kills and Shelton added 10 assists. Ben Krouse was a part of seven of Juniata’s 26 assisted blocks. For Penn State Altoona, Jacob Byers had four of the team’s nine kills, while Andy Panizzi put up six assists in the loss.

Prior to the third set, Adam Weaver was honored as the lone senior on the Hawks squad. The Hawks found themselves down 10-5 in the early going. After a timeout, they regrouped and were able to tie the game up at 11 apiece. Both teams continued to battle and Hilbert took a 20-19 lead before PS Altoona scored six straight points to win the opening set, 25-20.

Hilbert rallied after the loss and started the second set by taking a 7-0 lead. This lead was too much for Altoona to overcome and the set ended 25-14 on a service ace by Weaver, to go along with his nine kills in that set. The Hawks continued rolling and took the third set 25-21.

In the fourth set, the teams looked evenly matched and battled their way to an 12-12 tie before Altoona scored three straight off Hilbert errors. Altoona got up by as many as four before Hilbert stormed back to tie the game at 19 due to back-to-back Schwab kills. Weaver gave the Hawks a 20-19 lead off a kill but three straight Hilbert errors put the Lions back on top 22-20. Weaver had four kills over the next 12 plays but it was not enough as the Hawks fell 28-26.

Weaver and Schwab were not going to leave the gym without a win and combined for the team’s nine kills in the fifth set. Hilbert got up 7-5 – four of those points were kills by Weaver. Schwab joined in and added a kill and Weaver followed with another to go up 9-6. Altoona cut it within two at 14-12 but a Schwab kill ended the game and gave the Hawks a victory.

Weaver finished the game with 37 kills and Schwab added 13 kills and 10 digs. Ratajczak contributed a game-high 24 digs and was one of three Hilbert players in double-digits for digs. Mellerski had 47 assists and 11 digs. Jacob Byers of Altoona had six kills in the opening set before an injury early in the second that kept him out the rest of the game. Daniel Reilly had 15kills, while Brandson Stitt had 18 digs.