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Hawks Lacrosse Drops Midweek Matchup

The Hilbert College Hawks men’s lacrosse team was handed a tough loss by the SUNY Poly Wildcats at home Wednesday night as the Hawks fell 14-2 to the visitors.

How It Happened: SUNY Poly scored 14-unanswered goals leading up to the 4th quarter including 5 from Andrew Maycock. The Hawks never quit and to prove that they won the 4th quarter 2-0 with goals from Joey DiMaria and Kevin DoyleMason Shehadi picked up an assist. Griffin Miller made 15 saves in the cage in the loss.

What’s Next: Hilbert travels to Wells College on Saturday to play the Express at 1PM.

Editor’s Note: This article was shared with The Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Hilbert Baseball Extends Win Streak to Five Games

Hilbert Baseball, off to the program’s fastest start in Division III history, improved to 10-7 after they posted a 13-3 and a 6-5 non-conference sweep over Cazenovia College today at Gutches Lumber Sports Complex.

The Hawks got big offensive numbers from Thomas Evans led with four hits and a pair of doubles, and Ben Chowaniec led with four RBIs, all the while, Patrick Whelan poked another home run today. 

Zackory Panfil pitched the Hawks’ first complete game of the season and Blaine Morgan collected his first win in two tries in the nightcap.  Brendan Walsh now leads the AMCC league with his fourth save this season.

Game 1:

  • After John Watson walked to first, he scored the Hawks first run in the top of the 2nd off Derek Martinez’ triple.
  • Evans doubled at the top of the 3rd and was plated of a Whelan sac fly putting Hilbert up by two.
  • Hilbert added three more in the fourth, first by Martinez’s RBI single; Chowaniec’s RBi sac fly was followed by Evan’s RBI single before they exploded with six runs in the 5th.
  • After playing small ball at the start of the inning, Hilbert’s first out was a bases loaded throw to home.  Then Chowaniec doubled, knocking in three runs and Jairo Santos repeated that hit as he pushed in pinch runner Alex Ellison to set the 10-run lead.  Santos sprinted from second to home on Evans’ error by the pitch at bat.
  • The Hawks, up by 11 runs, tacked two more on in the 7th when a fielder’s choice added the first and a bases loaded situation gave the Hawks the 13-0 lead.
  • The Wildcats hit three singles and a double to get on the score board in the 13-3 defeat.


  • Benjamin Ratajczak went 3-for-5, with a RBI and one run scored while Martinez earned two hits with 2RBIs along with one stolen base and one run scored.  Chowaniec, who earned one hit, knocked in four runs in the win.
  • Zackory Panfil earned his first win this season and his second complete game of his career after he struck out three, walked two and held Cazenovia to three runs off eight hits.

Game 2:

  • Both teams found their hitting rhythm in the third and fifth innings as the Hawks held on for a 6-5 win in the night cap.
  • In a pitcher’s duel early, both hurlers held their opponents to just one hit through the first two innings.  But the Hawks struck first – and with two outs early in the third inning. After back-to-back walks, Whelan’s single plated Evans and Jack Duffek’s hit scored Ratajczak and Whelan.
  • The Wildcats manufactured three runs in the bottom half, using a double to score two baserunners and a double to tack the third one on.
  • Morgan continued to limit chances for Cazenovia in the fourth before the Hawks benefited from Whelan’s second home run this spring and Griffin McAndrew’s at bat that scored Martinez who reached second off his own long-ball double.  McAndrews tallied Hilbert’s final, and ultimately, much needed run off a wild pitch.
  • Cazenovia responded once again with back-to-back hits before the Hawks made a pitch change in the 5th leading 6-4.  Ronald Mort got Hilbert out of trouble with only one additional run scored.
  • The Wildcats limited Hilbert who had two ducks on the pond in the 6th and Brendan Walsh entered the game to earn his fourth save this season.


  • Chowaniec went 2-for-3 with a double, as Evans scored one run after earning two hits including a double.  Whelan scored two runs, in addition to his home run while finishing with two hits and two RBIs.
  • Morgan faced 21 batters, stuck out two, as he limited the Wildcats to six hits and five runs.


Hilbert is scheduled to open the most important part of their 2023 season this week.  Highly unlike to be played on Saturday based on the weather forecast, Hilbert is supposed to travel to Bradford, Pa. for a 1pm double header against Pitt.-Bradford.  Stay connected for the pending make-up date.

Editor’s Note: This article was shared with The Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Tappo Igloos Offer a Unique Experience

The Igloo experience at Tappo Restaurant is perfect for a night out with friends, celebrations, or a romantic evening. Tappo offers a variety of delicious entrees and desserts, in addition to their wide selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. Located at 338 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY, these igloos are only 20 minutes away from the Hilbert campus.

This unique twist on fine dining is quite extraordinary. In the comfort of an outdoor, heated, glass dome, you and up to 7 others can enjoy an abundance of food and drinks. All groups are able to choose 2 choices of wine, one warm beverage (for the party), first and second course meals, finished off with an assorted platter of desserts. 

“It’s a cute little place, it’s very inexpensive. I think it’s a great place to go.” Says Nadia Loggans, who had previously dined in an igloo for a family dinner. 

Things to know before placing a reservation

  • 8 people is the maximum per igloo, with a 2 hour time limit (small group packages Thursday-Sunday, 1.5 hour time limit)
  • Igloos must be reserved online, 48 hours in advance
  • You must choose a dining package prior to arrival. Gluten free options are available.
  • Tappo also has a traditional restaurant, with indoor and rooftop dining. There is often live music, and DJs on the weekend. Take-out and delivery are available. 
  • Tappo Restaurant and the Igloo experience are family-friendly.

Tappo is open

  • Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm-9pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm-10pm
  • Sunday: 4:30pm-9pm

Tappo’s Igloos are the place to go for a one-of-a-kind full course meal. Reasonable pricing, delicious food, and a family-friendly atmosphere makes this the #1 spot for Italian cuisine in Buffalo. 

A pleased guest describes Tappo as “One of the best Italian restaurants in all of Buffalo. There are many choices for Italian Cuisine, but I always come back to Tappo!”

Mental Health Affects Many College Students

For many college students, discussing their mental health struggles can be a difficult topic to bring up.

College students are more prone to mental health struggles, such as depression and anxiety, due to several stressors in their everyday life, according to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, a healthcare not-for-profit. Examples include an overwhelming academic workload, lack of sleep, homesickness, financial worries, and finding a balance between school, their social life and afterschool jobs.

According to Mayo Clinic, as many as one in three college students experiences significant depression and anxietyand almost half of those students do not reach out for help.

It’s important to know and identify the symptoms of depression and anxiety to recognize if you can relate or if someone you know does.

What should we do if someone we know displays the above stated symptoms?

Jennifer Swartz, a new member of the Hilbert College Wellness Center and a trained mental health professional, said people should be direct but kind when talking about their mental wellness.

“Be upfront and speak directly to that person in a non-judgmental way.” Swartz said.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, also known asthe DSM, symptoms of depression can look like having a depressed mood almost every day, loss of interest in once favored activities, changes in eating and sleeping habits, loss of energy, excessive inappropriate guilt or feelings of worthiness, inability to stay focused, and recurrent thoughts of suicide.

Symptoms of anxiety, also according to the DSM, can look like excessive worrying that is challenging to control, restlessness, feeling more tired than usual, inability to concentrate clearly, getting irritated easily, trouble sleeping, and muscle aches or soreness.

Swartz graduated from Hilbert college with a degree in human services, then obtained her master’s in school counseling at Canisius College. She has over a decade of professional experience in mental health services.

Her advice for students who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health struggles themselves is to use the resources available to them, she said.

“Taking care of your mental health is just as important, if not more important at times than your physical health.” Swartz said. “They go hand in hand. Our brains are so strong and resilient, yet they can be tender and hurt by our experiences in life. We, as society, need to incorporate mental health wellness into our whole wellness plans.”

Swartz is available for mental health counseling on Tuesdays from 9:00am-5:00pm in the Counseling Center in St. Joes Hall. An appointment can be made with her at

Dr.Chris Siuta also works on campus at the Counseling Center and is available for appointment through email, or through the Wellness Center phone number (716) 926-8930.

Hawks Baseball Sweeps Medaille

Hilbert College swept their former AMCC-foe Medaille University in a crosstown, non-conference baseball double header at Medaille’s Color Park this afternoon.

The Hawks established a few 2023 7-inning single game records: the most RBIs, most runs scored this season; most triples in a single game and the team’s sixth home run this season after they exploded for a 14-6 opening game victory.  

The Hawks followed that with an 8-2 sweep of the Mavs. 

Thomas Evans went 5-for-8, scored five runs, hit his 4th home run of the season, had four RBIs, and was credited with four stolen bases today.

Game 1:

  • Thomas Evans’ first contact went deep as he poked the game’s only home run just seconds into the game.  Patrick Whelan set the team up with another run connecting on a triple, and Derek Martinez knocked him in with a single to left field. The Hawks went up 3-0 off a wild pitch that scored Martinez before the Mavericks picked up their bats.
  • Medaille responded with a big bottom half, scoring six runs off five hits and three errors.
  • Jack Duffek’s RRI double and Whelan’s RBI triple knotted the game at 6-all in the 2nd inning and then Michael Contini went to work on the mound. 
  • Contini gave up only one hit against the next 18 batters which held the Mavs in check the rest of the game.
  • The Hawks tacked on multiple runs each inning except for the 4th (1) and 6th (0).
  • Jairo Santos 2RBI single in the 3rd, and a fielder’s choice in the 5th added three more runs.   
  • Evans continued to push, plating two more runs in the 5th, and Whelan finished the early game with another 2RBI single in the 7th for the win.


  • Lead-off Thomas Evans hit his fourth home run of the season at his first appearance.  He finished the game with three hits, scored three runs, stole two bases and knocked in three runs in his most complete game of the year, so far.
  • Patrick Whelan added three hits (2 doubles), scored one run and knocked in three runs, while Jairo Santos went 2-for-4 with a three RBIs, stole two bases and scored two runs.
  • Michael Contini (1-1) allowed six hits, three earned runs and struck out five over six innings of work.

Game 2:

  • Hilbert continued to make contact in the night cap, scoring at least one run in all but the third inning.
  • Evans stole a base and scored the first run in the nightcap. Jack Duffek’s hit by pitch scored Benjamin Ratajczak just prior to a fielding error allowed Emmanuel McClain to score the Hawk’s third run in the opening inning. 
  • The Mavs manufactured two runs before a fielding double play by Ben ChowaniecJairo Santos and Patrick Whelan shut down the host’s rally in the bottom of the third. 
  • A Hilbert bases-loaded, hit-by-pitch added another Hawk run in the 4th and Evans RBI triple to left center set the table for him to score off a fielding error by Medaille in the 5th. 
  • Then, with two outs,  John Watson’s RBI single plated Santos in the sixth and the Hawks scored their final run in the 7th.
  • Griffin McAndrews relieved Josh McTigue (1-0) who struck out five, with two walks and two earned runs through the first six innings.


  • John Watson went 2-for-2, scored two runs with one run batted in, and Emmanuel McClain added two hits with one run scored. 
  • But it was Evans (2 hits, two runs), Whelan (one hit, 2RBI) and Frank McCabe who combined for six stolen bases.

Up Next:

The Hawks move to 8-7 as they head to their next non-conference double header at Cazenovia College Wednesday, March 22nd.

Editor’s Note: This article was shared with the Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Black Student Union Hosts Soul Food Dinner

The Black Student Union hosted a soul food dinner in the campus dining hall last month, part of the campus Black History Month celebration.

The Soul Food Dinner event was created and hosted by the Black Student Union by President Jamal Harris for all of Hilbert Community to attend. This event was created to give the Hilbert community a taste of soul food and for some members of the community a little piece of home, he said.

“I wanted to do something fun to end Black History Month,” Harris said. “Also, this was done by BSU in the past, so I wanted to bring it back. But I also wanted to support local black business.”

 Soul food is prepared and made as an African American tradition. Many African American families have soul food on Sundays to bring family together and to have a good time and just enjoy each other. This event means a lot to African American students who are far away from home and don’t have the chance to have a soul food dinner with their families, Harris said.

 Harris hired Park Vue, a soul food restaurant in Buffalo, to cater the event.

Fifteen students attended this event excited to have a taste of soul food.

“I’ve never really had soul food from a catered business because my family normally cooks soul food dinners,” said Wendell Abellard, a resident who attended the event. “I will definitely be looking out for more events like this in the future.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp Delivers

For those Marvel fans out there, the Marvel Cinematic Universe,commonly referred to as the MCU, has been going down a spiral ever since Avengers: Endgame came out. The movies have been getting progressively worse and worse, with some exceptions here and there.

Last month, the MCU released its newest movie which seems to be heading in the right direction – Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. This movie did a fantastic job of introducing us to what the MCU’s next main villain will be in the line of Kang the Conqueror.

When you take a close look at the reviews for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, you can see that they are mixed. The poor reviews come mostly from the actual movie critics, while then good reviews come from the audience. In this case, I believe it is more important that the audience enjoyed the movie rather than the movie critics.

Ant-Man was not necessarily the star of the show. He had his moments, but screen time was split pretty evenly between characters. Marvel movies typically end in threes, but this movie feels more like a start of something rather than the end. This movie sets up many things for the future of the MCU. Jonathan Majors, the actor who played Kang the Conqueror, played his role extremely well. He shows his character’s broad range of anger throughout the film. He can be seen as very calculated by the way he shows his rage. Majors played a version of his character back in season one of Loki, but in this movie the character is completely different. In Loki, his character was more of a comedic character, and in this movie he plays a much more serious character.

There are some parts of the film that can be considered as uncanny valley moments, where things do not work for some of the people watching the film. The audience was able to enjoy the movie more due to the lower critic scores. It seems that people went into the movie expecting it to be not as good, but they ended up enjoying the film because their expectations being lowered by the critic reviews.  The creators of this movie do a good job at making this movie work even if you have not seen the first two Ant-Man movies.

You cannot miss this movie; it is an important part of what comes next in the future of the MCU. Thematically, communication is an interesting theme for this movie. From where Scott Lang begins this story and his journey into the quantum realm, communication is an important aspect of this movie.

Audiences should go into this movie expecting something sillier. If you go into it with that expectation and let go of the things that you might normally cringe at, you might end up really enjoying this movie. It lives up to the jokes of the first two Ant-man movies.

Hawks Drop Conference Home Game to Pitt-Greensburg

 After a quick start today, the Hilbert College Men’s Basketball team struggled offensively to keep pace with Pitt-Greensburg who claimed an 86-60 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference victory.  


Quran Briggs and Eric Jackson each notched double digit scoring  with Briggs hitting for 15 points while Jackson added 12 and a team-best four assists and one block.

Hilbert earned 15 offensive rebounds but only turned the boards in 14 second-chance points.


  • Hilbert set the pace of the game early.  The Hawks won the tap and Edward Perez scored the first bucket less than ten seconds into the game.  Briggs connected from downtown and then went right to the rim for two more after picking a Bobcats’ pocket. Both teams traded scores until Hilbert went on a 4-0 run with a made jumper by Briggs and a fastbreak layup by Jackson s they built their largest lead of six points just under three minutes into the game.
  • Greensburg responded with an 8-2 run and after knotting the game at 15-all, they continued to roll the dice from beyond the arc.   The Bobcats drained three consecutive 3-point shots to pull away 24-19.
  • Nevada Eldridge scored twice for the Hawks, but Greensburg squeezed anther 3-point make in the middle to maintain the lead 27-23 with nine minutes left in the first half.
  • On their very next possession, the Bobcats were whistled for an offensive foul and Briggs connected in the paint inching the Hawks into a two-point game (25-27).
  • The Hawks went cold from the floor and struggled to control the Bobcats as they closed the half getting outscored 17-7. 
  • Jackson and Miller each netted from deep and Eldridge made one free throw as Hilbert trailed 44-32 at the break.
  • Things did not improve for Hilbert in the second half.  Their field goal percentage dropped to 22.9 percent but went to the foul line 19 times, hitting 12.  Greensburg continued to be confident on offense and never show any panic as they ran their patterns and drew fouls.


  • Jahmel Demery led the Hawks with seven rebounds but the Bobcats won the battle of the boards today (46-42).
  • The Hawks also unleashed more field goal attempts and went to the foul line 19 times in the second half but they could defend both the inside power of the Bobcats big men or the range from the perimeter of their shooters.  
  • Greensburg, after hitting 7-of-12 3-pointers, cooled to only 2-for-4 attempts but ran their offense with purpose and attempted more free throws and field goals in the second period than the first. 


The Hawks (9-11, 6-4 AMCC) remain in third place as they close the season with three of their last four games on the road.  Hilbert travels to Alfred State College (2-8) February 8,  La Roche University (9-1) February 11 and Pitt-Bradford (5-5) February 15.

The Hawks will host their Senior Day celebration February 18 when they host Mount Aloysius in the Hafner.  Make plans now to be in attendance to honor Wendell AbellardZach MillerElijah Powell and student-coach and former two-year player Jesse Price.

Editor’s Note: This article was shared with the Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Hawks Beat Penn State Behrend in OT

HAMBURG, N.Y.  –  Shaheem Ellis, for the second time in two Wednesday’s, lifted Hilbert College to an important Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference victory which kept the Hawks in the top three in the league standings.

Tonight, the sophomore guard drilled a 3-point shot with 0.3 seconds left in overtime for the 86-84 win against Penn State Behrend.

Hilbert (6-3) stays in the hunt behind Penn State Altoona and La Roche who sit at 8-1 each.


Hilbert did a great job picking apart Penn State Behrend’s match-up zone defense and found openings at the foul line or down on the blocks or at the wings.  The Hawks finished the game shooting 48.6% from the floor, and 42.9% from downtown, hitting the most 3’s this season (9).

Quran Briggs collected 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while a trio of second-year players all notched 13 points.  Shaheem Ellis made 3-of-7 3-pointers and went 2-for-2 at the foul line along with one steal at midcourt which led to a transition fastbreak layup.  Edward Perez worked hard for six offensive rebounds (8 total) and added two blocked shots, and Jahmel Demery  pulled down six rebounds and finished with three assists.

Eric Jackson threaded the needle seven times while hitting 3-of-4 from the floor (8 points).  Zach Miller tossed in three shots from downtown – Nevada Eldridge hit all three of his shots from the floor in addition to going 2-for-2 at the foul line – and Austin Boies gave quality minutes hitting two jumers in the winning effort.


  • The entire 45 minutes of action was exciting watching both teams execute on offense and perform on the defensive end of the court.    There were six lead changes by each team and each team forced a tie score six times in the first half. 
  • The Hawks built a 42-39 lead heading into the locker room thanks to a Zach Miller make from beyond the arc. Hilbert outworked the Lions 21-14 on the glass, picking them for 10 offensive rebounds in the first half and limited the visitors looks from the 3-point line.
  • Hilbert opened the second half on fire.  Edward Perez was in a potential 3-point play, but missed the freebie, then Miller struck again deep which preceded the fastbreak layup made by Quran Briggs (both those scores were assisted by Eric Jackson).  Hilbert held their largest lead 49-43 just two and a half minutes into the second period.
  • The Lions had three consecutive positive possessions, and held the Hawk scoreless as Behrend jumped on top 50-49. 
  • 12-lead changes later, Perez converted his And 1 and Ellis hit a jumper in the paint to give Hilbert a 67-63 lead again. 
  • Behrend knotted the game at 71 with 1:45 left in regulation but Jackson set up Briggs for a 3-point make lifting the Hawks 74-71 with 1:19 on the clock.
  • Behrend sliced the difference to one before Perez scored in the paint keeping the Hawks up by three points with 0:22.
  • The Lions secured an offensive rebound put-back score which then led to a make at the foul line to tie the score at 76-all.
  • After a Hilbert miss, the Lions walked to the other end of the floor for two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining.  After their shooter missed the first, Hilbert called a timeout to freeze the shooter and it worked.
  • Behrend won the tip off the jump ball at the start of over time.
  • Eldridge hit both free throws before the Lions scored a driving lay up.
  • Briggs connected from outside the lane and then the Hawks forced a deep 3-point miss by Behrend as their 30-second shot was expiring. 
  • Boies went 1-for-2 at the foul line and gave Hilbert another 3-point lead but the visitors scored again off a driving layup to set the 81-80 in favor of Hilbert.
  • Briggs made a layup in the paint and then Behrend’s top scorer made both at the foul line setting another 83-82 tight score.
  • The Hawks were whistled for a 5-second inbound violation with 26.1 seconds left which gave Behrend the ball and they took an 84-83 lead with 9 seconds. 
  • Hilbert delivered the ball the Ellis on the right wing near his bench and he drilled the 3-pointer for the win.


  • At the conclusion of the 45-minute game, Hilbert won the boards (45-31), shot better from the 3-point line (42.9%-33.3%) and made more shots from downtown than Behrend (9/7).
  • By the final horn, there were 22 lead changes made by each team and each team forced 11 tie score situations.  


The Hawks (9-10, 6-3 AMCC) return to the Hafner Recreation Center this weekend for another AMCC series with the women’s team.  Hilbert will host Pitt-Greensburg in a 1pm / 3pm double header against the Bobcats.

Editor’s Note: This story is shared with The Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Hawks Fall to Red-hot Lions

ALTOONA, Pa.  – Hilbert College ran into a Penn State Altoona team who was on fire this afternoon. 

The Hawks were clawed by the Lion’s men’s basketball team by the final score, 129-90 after falling behind 74-45 at the break.  Altoona did not miss from the floor and continued to pour in points during the full 40-minute game.


Jahmel Demery went 5-for-5 in the first half and finished with 13 points and a team highs – three assists and eight rebounds. 

Quran Briggs led Hilbert with 21 points, hitting 10-17 from the floor while Edward Perez tossed in 14 points and pulled down five offensive rebounds (7 total).  Shaheem Ellis added 11 points and Eric Jackson went 5-for-7 at the foul line to chip in nine points.


  • Altoona jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead after hitting three of their first four shots and forced a Hilbert timeout.  After falling behind by 11 (11-0) Hilbert sliced the margin to seven off an Edward Perez jumper, a Quran Briggs fast-break layup and two at the foul line by Eric Jackson.
  • Altoona then went on an 11-point run from which the Hawks were unable to recover from.
  • Shaheem Ellis knocked down a 3-pointer and cut the point spread to under 20, but the Lions continued to pour in points beyond the arc.
  • Altoona did their damage deep, hitting 13-og-19 from downtown and built a 75-45 score at intermission.


  • Hilbert bested the Lions in second chance points – 19-10 – but Altoona, who finished the game connecting at a fire-hot 63.3% from the floor, and 62.9% beyond the arc (22-35), didn’t have very many offensive rebound opportunities.
  • Altoona outscored Hilbert 39-19 in fastbreak points and 34-19 in points off turnovers.
  • Hilbert forced 17 Altoona turnovers while committing 19 themselves.
  • The Hawks closed the game hitting 44.3% from the floor, 14.3% from the 3-point line and made 18-0f-28 shots at the foul line. 


The Hawks (8-10, 5-3 AMCC) return to the Hafner for another AMCC battle against Penn State Behrend on Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00 pm.

Editor’s Note: This story was shared with The Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.