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College Athletics Report: Hilbert's Purtill repeats as NEAC Athlete of the Week

Hilbert College lacrosse player Sean Purtill was named the NEAC Offensive Athlete of the Week on April 1.

For the third week in a row, the Hilbert College menís lacrosse team has garnered a North Eastern Athletic Conference Student-Athlete of the Week award. Sean Purtill of Orchard Park was named the NEAC Offensive Athlete of the Week on April 1. After sharing the award last week, Purtill had a sensational outing in the Hawks 14-9 NEAC victory over Cobleskill on March 30. The junior midfielder posted eight points on seven first half goals and one assist to lead Hilbert. Purtill sat in second place in the league for both goals (19) and points (31).

Springer garners honor

Red shirt junior attackman Matt Springer was named America East Co-Player of the Week, alongside UMBCís Scott Jones. Springer scored a career-high tying six goals in Binhamtonís recent thrilling 14-13 overtime win over Stony Brook.

The Hamburg native guided the Bearcats to their first win over Stony Brook since 2005. Springer scored six goals on eight shots and in the process became the first Binghamton player to score 20-plus goals in three different seasons. His six goals ties a feat he last accomplished March 2, 2010 against Big East opponent Villanova.

He now ranks seventh in goals per game (2.30) and 10th in points (25) in the America East. Jones of UMBC scored six goals as well in a 19-6 win over Vermont to share honors with Springer. Binghamton moved to 5-5 on the year with the victory and is tied with three other schools, including UMBC, for second place in the America East standings.

The Bearcats look to improve their standing this Saturday as they host Hartford, which is also 1-1 in conference. Binghamton will then make a trip to Springerís hometown of Buffalo to play Canisius College on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

Patrone nets six in win

Amanda Patrone of Hamburg scored six times to lead the ninth-ranked Erie Community College womenís lacrosse team to a 15-5 win over Niagara County CC on April 8. Patrone added three assists, while sophomore Destiny Sampson, who attended Lake Shore High School, added three goals and three assists. ECC is now 3-2.

Barry leads local contingent helping ECC to two sweeps

A 12-run fourth inning powered the host Erie Community College baseball team to a 16-0 win over Tompkins Cortland CC in the opener of the Region III doubleheader April 7. The Kats then recorded a 13-5 victory in the nightcap to push their win streak to six games and improve to 15-10 overall. In Game Two, Brian Barry of Derby finished with three hits and three RBI.

The day prior, ECC recorded an 11-1 win in six innings over Tompkins Cortland CC. Sophomore Vinny Sherman of North Collins finished with four hits and six RBI in the two games, which included a pair of doubles and four runs driven in during the opener. Barry, a Lake Shore High graduate, led the Kats in the nightcap with three hits and four RBI, while fellow Eaglesí alumnus Nick Caboot of Derby and Jake Weiser of Hamburg, a Frontier High graduate, each added a pair of hits.

E-mail news about locals playing at the college level to mpetro@thesunnews.net
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