HILBERT, ALFRED STATE ADVANCE TO MEN'S LACROSSE SHOWCASE CHAMPIONSHIP

HILBERT, ALFRED STATE ADVANCE TO MEN'S LACROSSE SHOWCASE CHAMPIONSHIP

In the AMCC men's lacrosse showcase semifinals, #2 Alfred State University outscored #3 Franciscan University 11-0 in the 2nd and 3rd quarter as they defeated the Barons 16-5, while #1 Hilbert College was dominant in their 27-1 victory over #4 Medaille CollegeThe Hawks will host Alfred State in the AMCC Showcase Championship this Sunday, May 7 at St. Francis High School at 2pm.

#2 Alfred State 16, #3 Franciscan 5
The 1st quarter ended with the game knotted at 3-3. The Pioneers got the offense going in the 2nd quarter as five different players scored in the first four minutes to give the blue & gold an 8-3 lead. Two more Pioneer goals sent the Pioneers into halftime with a 10-3 lead. Alfred State kept the pressure on in the 3rd with a pair of goals to push the lead to 14-3. Goals by freshman midfield Quintin Himko and junior attack Dominic Arresta scored in the 4th to make it 16-3 before Franciscan scored two goals in the final 3:10.

Pioneer junior attack Teddy Alvarado led the way with a 10 points game with five goals and five assists. Sophomore attach Joe Johnson finished with four goals and two assists, freshman attack AJ Soto and Arresta both had two goals and two assists, and freshman attack Ian Grana chipped in two goals and an assist. Senior goalkeeper Ryan Amidon made 11 saves in net to earn the victory.

Senior Paul Modzelewski led Franciscan (7-8) with three goals and two assists while sophomore goalkeeper Matt Marrenna made 14 saves.

The Pioneers outshot the Barons 46 to 26 in the contest and picked up 40 (61 to 21) ground balls. The blue & gold were 1 of 2 with the extra man and held Franciscan without a goal in their six attempts.

#1 Hilbert 27, #4 Medaille 1
Hilbert set the tone early taking a 12-0 lead after just fifteen minutes of action.  The Hawks padded five more points before intermission and then added ten more scores before the final horn.  Medaille scored their solo goal in the third period which prevented the shutout victory for Hilbert.

The Hawks outshot the Mavs (51-9) with seven of Medaille's shots turning into senior goalkeeper Adam Zawadzki's saves.  Hilbert earned 47 ground balls and 29 face offs as they limited the visitors to 10 ground balls and four face off wins.

Senior attack Matthew Simon and junior attack Tyler Nicoloff each finished with eight points, with Simon earning game-high five goals.  Nicoloff continued to find players in front of the cage as his passing led to six goals. Senior Nathaniel Hyman had another solid game scoring three goals, assisting four times and earned a  game-high 10 ground balls.  

Sophomore Justin DeLaRosa went 13-for-14 in face off and scored one goal while freshman Casey Hixon was a perfect 10-for-10 on the restarts. Senior Austin Laine posted four goals and one assist. Freshman Tyler Balsavage found his first collegiate goal and another first-year player, Scot Zawadzki, won one of his six face-offs and sprinted to the frame for his first goal of the season.

The Mavs' lone goal came in the third period when senior David Groves fed freshman Shawn Barbalatofor his seventh goal of the season.