MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior WR Marc Wilson (Farmington, Conn.) racked up 303 all-purpose yards, but the Saint Anselm College football team suffered a 58-7 defeat at the hands of Merrimack College on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.
The Hawks fall to 0-4, including 0-3 in Northeast-10 play, while the Warriors improve to 3-1, 2-0.
Wilson caught nine passes for 124 yards, returned nine kickoffs for 168 yards and had two rushes for 11 yards.
Merrimack, which was coming off its bye week after setting a program record for points in a game in a 63-7 rout of Pace two weeks ago, put up 649 yards of total offense, including 428 on the ground.
The Warriors built a 30-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a trio of rushing touchdowns by RB Jimon Hill, a safety in which the Hawks fumbled the slippery ball out of the back of their own end zone, and a rushing score by QB James Suozzo.
Saint Anselm stopped the bleeding with 4:20 to play in the opening half when junior QB Mike Pierce (Andover, Mass.) found sophomore WR Eric Feehan (Bedford, N.H.) down the left sideline for a 64-yard touchdown play that made it 30-7.
Merrimack answered back with rushing touchdowns by Suozzo and Andrew DiCarlo in the third quarter, followed by a 36-yard touchdown pass from Joe Clancy to Isaiah Voegeli and a touchdown scamper by Casey Koperniak in the fourth.
Hill ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, while Suozzo rushed for 131 yards and a pair of scores on 17 carries. Suozzo was also 13-21 for 164 yards and three interceptions. Voegeli reeled in seven passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Pierce passed for 257 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 31 yards, but was just 15-for-42 through the air with three interceptions.
With picks by redshirt-sophomore DB Ethan Sylvain (East Montpelier, Vt.), sophomore DB Joey Polverini (Longmeadow, Mass.) and senior LB Kyle Hayes (Merritt Island, Fla.), the Hawks now have 11 interceptions on the season, which matches their total from all of last season.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. when play their first of three straight on the road at American International College. The next home game for Saint Anselm will be Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. when they play host to Assumption College on Homecoming at Grappone.