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College Athletics Report: Nasca honored after leading Oswego to big win

Eden High School graduate Alexis Nasca was named Oswego State Athlete of the Week.
Alexis Nasca of Hamburg, a freshman on the softball team, has been named an Oswego State Athlete of the Week. Nasca pitched six-plus shutout innings against Cortland in a 4-2 win over the Red Dragons in the opening game of a doubleheader on March 30. The Eden High School graduate took over in the circle after Cortland recorded two runs and only one out in the first inning and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing a double-play. She allowed just four hits, while striking out one and walking two as the Red Dragons snapped a 36-game losing streak to Cortland, which extends back to April 25, 1987.

Hilbert spikers down Wells

The Hilbert College men’s volleyball team claimed a 3-1 non-conference win over Wells College before they surrendered a three set match to Thiel College March 30. The Hawks (6-19) were led by Anthony Blasz’s .280 hitting and Scott Ross’ 17 kills. Sophomore David Mellerski notched 56 assists, earned three service aces and matched senior Fred Sickau’s two solo blocks. Senior Adam Clabo’s 13 digs led four players in double-digits on the day.

In a match prior on March 27, Hilbert fell short of stealing a road non-conference match from Keuka College, which pulled out a 3-1 win after the Hawks won the first set, 25-22. Junior Adam Weaver finished with a career-high 23 kills and added 11 digs and three blocks. Ross, who has been playing injured all season, produced 11 kills and five blocks. David Mellerski ended with season-highs of 43 assists and 15 digs, while sophomore libero Ryan Ratajczak continued his string of double-digit digs as he elevated 24 balls back into play. Sickau added four service aces. After a home match April 3 against Penn State Behrend, the Hawks will celebrate Senior Day on April 9.

Hilbert baseball earns first win in comeback

The Hilbert College baseball team opened the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference portion of its schedule on March 30 with a 14-run, sixth inning to claim the first game against Pitt-Greensburg 16-14 before dropping the night cap 12-4.

Junior Joe Pernick finished the day with four hits while knocking in three runs and scoring three times for the 1-12 Hawks. Senior Ryan Ilardi added two hits, including a double, and three RBI. Senior Chris Hoak of Hamburg and junior John Babosci also doubled, while freshman pitcher Tyler Roth earned the win. Paul Wujek, a St. Francis High School graduate, was among players with a RBI in the comeback win. He added another Game Two.

Hilbert softball falls in first AMCC doubleheader

After opening Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play with an 11-3 road game loss to Pitt-Greensburg, the Hilbert College softball team regrouped and played to a 2-1 defeat March 30. Hilbert, now 2-8 overall, played its first games of the month since returning from their spring break tournament in Myrtle Beach. Senior Amber Grosch connected for two hits, while senior Katie Pettis and freshman Brittany Hancy earned the team’s only RBIs.

Hawks' men’s lacrosse claims first NEAC win

Junior Sean Purtill’s seven goals led five Hilbert players in the scoring column as the Hawks opened North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play with a 14-9 victory over Cobleskill March 30 at Nichols School in Buffalo. Sophomore Brendan Kane added three goals, while junior Doug Takac notched two, pushing their point totals for the season to 14 and 15, respectively. William Wagner earned his fourth victory, making eight saves between the pipes, as Hilbert improved to 4-2.

In the game prior on March 24, 12 players contributed goals in Hilbert’s 20-3 road win over Franciscan University. John Pingitore led the Hawks with four goals and Kane notched three. Purtill finished with five assists and added two goals. Wagner made four saves.

Hilbert women’s lax falls

Sophomore Sarah Lorusso of Hamburg scored three times and freshman Kelly Mandell added two in Hilbert College’s 14-5 loss to Cazenovia College in women’ lacrosse March 30. Nicole Blair added an assist for Hilbert (1-3) in the first-year team’s game at the Nichols School in North Buffalo. Meghan Stewart made nine saves in goal for Hilbert.

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