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College Sports Report: Hilbert lacrosse team to play in first postseason contest

Hilbert College junior Sean Purtill leads the Hawks into the NEAC semifinals tonight against Medaille.
In just its third season as an official varsity sport and second as a member of the NEAC, the Hilbert College men’s lacrosse team is heading to the conference tournament this week. The Hawks completed the regular season with a 20-1 victory over Wells College on April 28 on Senior Day to improve to 9-4 overall and 5-2 in the conference. The third seed in the tournament took on No. 2 Medaille in a semifinal May 1 at All-High Stadium.

After a five-point performance against Wells, Hilbert junior Sean Purtill became the NEAC-leading point scorer at the completion of the 2013 regular season. He finished his junior year with 73 points via 38 goals and 35 assists. Joining the Orchard Park native with five points was senior Greg Zitnik of Blasdell. Both attackmen scored twice and assisted on three other goals for the Hawks.

Faceoff specialists, senior Ryan Wagner and junior Nick Kieffer, each added three scores a piece. William Wagner and Alex Wisner split time between the pipes in the win. Along with Zitnik and Ryan Wagner, James Knapp, Lucas Cellino and Paul Liedkie were honored on Senior Day.

Hilbert softball falls to D’Youville

D’Youville took two AMCC games from host Hilbert College, 8-0 and 13-5, on April 25. D’Youville remained in the hunt for the conference regular-season title, while Hilbert fell to 6-20 overall and 4-12 in the AMCC. Rachel Collier smacked a pair of home runs and had three RBI and Amber Grosch also had a pair of hits in the loss. Hilbert closed the season April 27 at Franciscan.

ECC women’s lax finishes 5-6

Sophomore Destiny Sampson, a former Lake Shore High School student, finished with two goals and two assists in the Erie Community College lacrosse team’s 18-8 loss to Jefferson CC. Freshman Amanda Patrone of Hamburg scored one goal and assisted on three others. The Kats close the regular season 5-6.

ECC baseball keeps winning behind contributions of locals

Sophomore outfielder Brian Barry of Derby continued his torrid hitting pace by recording a three-run homer to lead the Erie Community College baseball team to a 6-2 win in Game Two of Sunday’s (April 28) doubleheader against Mercyhurst North East in Western New York Athletic Conference action. Mercyhurst North East won the opener, 18-2.

Nick Caboot, a fellow Lake Shore High School graduate from Derby, added two hits. Barry ranks third in the nation in homers with seven and runs batted in with 52. Caboot finished with two hits.

On April 27, ECC split Saturday’s doubleheader with Mercyhurst North East, winning the opener 4-1 before losing Game Two 3-1. Freshman Blair Lakso of Hamburg struck out seven while allowing three hits in five innings for the win. Jake Weiser, a fellow Frontier High School graduate also from Hamburg, and Caboot each had two hits. Caboot doubled in a run and scored in the third inning.

Barry also showed what he could do on the mound as the left-hander tossed a three-hitter and drove in one run in the opener and then added two runs batted in during the nightcap as the Kats swept Broome CC, 2-0 and 6-3, on April 25. Barry did not allow a hit until the fifth inning as he struck out eight. In Game Two, sophomore Vinny Sherman had a two-run single in the sixth. Sherman also notched three hits in the opener.


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