MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College football team will look to snap its skid when it travels south to take on Pace University at Pace Field on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Links to live stats and live video are available on the football schedule page.
The Hawks and Setters meet for the 14th time in the history of the two programs, with Saint Anselm holding a slight 7-6 edge. The Hawks have won three straight in the all-time series, including two straight at Pace, where they are 3-3 all-time. Prior to their three-game skid, the Setters had won four straight, while the Hawks were victorious in the previous four contests after dropping the first two meetings ever. In the most recent matchup Sept. 25 of last season, Saint Anselm pulled out a 45-35 victory at Grappone Stadium.
Led by a single-game school-record 408-yard passing performance by sophomore Michael Pierce, the Hawks picked up their first win of the 2010 season.
After nearly 12 minutes of scoreless play to start the opening quarter, Saint Anselm got on the board first as freshman Keith Charles rumbled nine yards for his second touchdown in as many games. The play was set up by a then season-long 50-yard completion to senior Marcel Bouie that got the Hawks down to the Pace 26-yard line.
Pace answered back immediately on a two-play, 42-yard drive that was capped off by a 23-yard touchdown run up the middle by senior Jason Washington. The Setters got into scoring position following a 39-yard kickoff return by Washington. Saint Anselm extended the lead to 14-6 on a six-play, 56-yard drive as junior Marc Wilson hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass across the middle. On the ensuing Pace possession, the Hawk defense stepped up with its first points of the season as freshman Alex White picked off Pace quarterback Joe Romanick and scooted 48 yards up the near sideline for the 20-6 lead after one quarter.
Saint Anselm pushed the lead up to 26-6 on an 80-yard drive midway thru the second quarter as Wilson pulled down a three-yard touchdown for his second score of the game.
Pace closed out the first-half scoring in the final seconds of the period as Jurrell Hawkins scored from one yard out on second and goal for a 26-13 halftime margin.
Saint Anselm got the ball to start the second half and marched down the field, capped off by a 16-yard scoring run on a reverse by Bouie as Saint Anselm pushed the lead to 20 points at 33-13 early in the third quarter. Hawkins got the Setters back to within 13 as he dodged a number of Hawk defenders and found the end zone from 34 yards out for his second touchdown of the game.
The Hawks continued to put things together on offense as Pierce rushed for a first down on third and 10 and then finding Bouie for a 56-yard touchdown with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Pierce's pass was nearly tipped away, but Bouie managed to pull it in just inside the 20-yard line and find the end zone for his second touchdown of the day. Pace countered with a big play of its own just moments later as Romanick found a wide-open Eric Ortega (Staten Island, N.Y.) in behind the Hawk defense for a 71-yard touchdown and the 39-27 score.
Saint Anselm closed out its scoring with 4:26 left in the fourth as Pierce found Wilson for his third touchdown of the afternoon on a 35-yard reception that put Pierce over 400 yards for the game, a single-game school record. Washington pulled Pace back to within 45-35 with just under three minutes remaining as he scored from one yard out and Romanick added the two-point conversion for the 10-point final.
Pierce led the Hawk offense with 24-of-37 passing for 408 yards and three touchdowns, along with 42 yards on the ground for a total of 450 yards of total offense. Wilson pulled down 13 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns, while Bouie had five catches for a career-high 149 yards. Freshman Justin Bernard added 90 receiving yards as well. Charles was the top rusher for the Hawks with 83 yards, while Bouie and Wilson finished with 192 and 172 all-purpose yards, respectively. This is Wilson's fourth career 100-yard receiving game and just short of his career high of 163 yards.
Washington was the leading rusher in the game for the Setters with 100 yards and two touchdowns, while Hawkins had 51 yards and a pair of scores. Romanick completed 17-of-26 pass attempts for 274 yards and a touchdown and was sacked twice. Ortega led the Pace receiving corps with a seven-catch, 144-yard afternoon.
Defensively, Saint Anselm was led by sophomore linebacker Shane O'Donnell with 10 tackles, including two for a loss, to go along with a forced fumble. Raphael Polanco led all tacklers in the game with 11 stops.
With the win, Saint Anselm improved to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in Northeast-10 play, while Pace remained winless at 0-4 overall and 0-2 in league action.
LAST TIME OUT
Brock Jackolski and JeVahn Cruz combined for 268 yards and four touchdowns as FCS member Stony Brook defeated the Hawks, 55-6, Oct. 15 at LaValle Stadium.
The Hawks dropped to 0-6 on the season, while the Seawolves evened their record at 3-3.
Stony Brook put up 679 yards of total offense, including 404 on the ground behind the two-headed rushing attack of Jackolski and Cruz. Jackolski rushed for 99 yards and a pair of scores on 10 carries, while Cruz had 10 rushes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Miguel Maysonet compiled 80 yards on 15 carries and Davon Lawrence had 61 yards on 10 attempts. QB Kyle Essington was 16 of 20 for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
Junior QB Mike Pierce was 13-for-27 for 167 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore WR Eric Feehan was the team's leading receiver with two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR Marc Wilson caught three passes for 22 yards and racked up 124 kick return yards.
Stony Brook then went 63 yards in six plays with Jackolski capping the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run. The Seawolves missed the extra point, but led 6-0 with 8:32 remaining in the opening quarter.
After the ensuing Saint Anselm drive stalled out, a 47-yard pooch punt Pierce pinned Stony Brook back at its 2-yard line. The Seawolves responded, however, by moving the ball 98 yards in nine plays, with a Jackolski 1-yard touchdown run making it 13-0 with 35 seconds left in the first.
Stony Brook stretched its lead to 20-0 on its first drive of the second quarter. The Seawolves capped a five-play, 64-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Essington to Jordan Gush with 11:36 on the clock.
The Seawolves once again forced the Hawks to punt, but their next drive ended at the Saint Anselm 5-yard line when redshirt-sophomore DB Ethan Sylvain picked off Essington.
Stony Brook pushed its lead to 27-0 after another Saint Anselm punt. The Seawolves took advantage of a short field as they went 39 yards in five plays, with Matt Brevi catching a 16-yard TD pass from Essington with 1:44 to play in the opening half.
Following a quick three-and-out, Stony Brook took just 26 seconds to go 58 yards in only four plays. Essington capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown strike over the middle to Gush to make it 34-0 with nine seconds on the clock.
The Hawks received the kick to open up the second half and promptly engineered a seven-play, 72-yard scoring drive. After Pierce hit freshman WR Ahkeen Williams for eight yards and sophomore WR Tom Donovan for 31 yards, Saint Anselm was looking at a fourth-and-10 just three plays later. Pierce connected with Williams on an 11-yard pass play for the first down before Feehan reeled in a 22-yard TD catch that made it 34-6 with 13:09 remaining in the third. The extra point attempt was no good. Williams caught three passes for 45 yards, while Donovan also had three receptions and compiled 42 yards.
Stony Brook answered right back with Jackolski bringing the ensuing kick back 90 yards for a touchdown to make it 41-6 with 12:55 on the clock.
After the Hawks were forced to punt, Stony Brook was driving into Saint Anselm territory when senior LB Shane O'Donnell knocked the ball loose and sophomore DB Alex Bozenhard came up with the recovery.
The Saint Anselm drive ended when Davonte Anderson made a diving catch at the sideline to intercept Pierce's pass and give the ball back to the Seawolves. Stony Brook took advantage as it went 69 yards in three plays with Cruz capping the drive with a 63-yard touchdown run that made it 48-6 with 7:21 to play in the third quarter.
Cruz added to the Stony Brook lead with 6:04 remaining in the fourth quarter as his 3-yard touchdown stroll capped an eight-play, 84-yard drive that made it 55-6.
SETTING THE PACE
Senior WR Marc Wilson has done well against Pace in his career as he has racked up 588 all-purpose yards to go along with eight touchdowns in four games (147.0 yds/game). Wilson has averaged 6.3 yards each time he has touched the ball against the Setters. Wilson has also amassed 477 yards of total offense, with 459 of those yards coming in the first two games when Wilson served as the team's quarterback.
With redshirt-sophomore Ethan Sylvain's third interception of the season at Stony Brook on Oct. 15, he joined sophomore DB Trevor Jessie (4) and redshirt-freshman LB Isaac Jorgensen (3) as Saint Anselm defenders with at least three picks. It is the first time three different Hawks have recorded three or more interceptions since Mark Wysocki (4), Anthony Barese (3) and Brian Sundell (3) attained the feat in 2004. The team now has 13 interceptions on the season, which is the fourth most all-time and the most since the '04 team grabbed 19.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
The Hawks rank second in the Northeast-10 in turnover differential (0.33) as their defense has forced 17 turnovers through the first six games. Sophomore DB Trevor Jesse's four interceptions are fourth in the nation, while his 0.8 INTs per game puts him in fifth.
Setting the tone
Sophomore RB Keith Charles racked up over 100 all-purpose yards at AIC on Oct. 8. Charles rushed 20 times for 96 yards and a touchdown and also caught three passes for 29 yards and another score. On Saint Anselm's four-play, 58-yard opening drive, Charles came out on fire as he accounted for all 58 yards, including the 19-yard touchdown run that capped the drive.
I LIKE MIKE
Junior QB Mike Pierce put together his second 300-yard total-offense game of the season at AIC on Oct. 8. Pierce was 27-for-41 for 295 yards and a touchdown through the air, while picking up 31 yards and another score on seven rushes.
Sophomore WR Eric Feehan collected the first 100-yard receiving game of his career when he totaled 114 yards at AIC on Oct. 8. Feehan also set a career high with nine receptions and his 51-yard catch in the fourth quarter was the second longest of his career.
With his interception at AIC on Oct. 8, redshirt-freshman Isaac Jorgensen became the first Saint Anselm linebacker to intercept three passes in a season since senior Anthony Barese picked off three passes in 2004. Jorgensen is the first freshman to amass three INTs since teammate Ethan Sylvain tallied four in 2009.
RUNNING WITH A PURPOSE
Senior WR Marc Wilson ranks second in the conference and fifth in the nation with 180.5 all-purpose yards per game.
The Hawks erased Bentley's streak of scoring in 17 consecutive quarters Sept. 23 when they held the Falcons scoreless in the opening quarter.
Junior QB Mike Pierce recorded his seventh career 300-yard passing game with 315 yards against Southern Connecticut State on Sept. 17, going 33-for-57 with four TDs. Pierce leads the conference with 262.7 yards of total offense per game.
TURNING IT OVER
The Saint Anselm defense forced five turnovers, including four interceptions, against Southern Connecticut on Sept. 17. The four interceptions are the most for the Hawks since they recorded four against Bentley on Oct. 25, 2008, while the five turnovers are the most since forcing five last season against Stonehill on Oct. 30.
CHARLES IN CHARGE
Sophomore RB Keith Charles put together his best game in a Saint Anselm uniform against 20th-ranked Kutztown on Sept. 3. Charles ran for 100 yards on 15 carries (6.7 average) and scored three times, including a 54-yard jaunt in the third quarter - the second longest rush of his career.
PIERCE GETTING IT DONE IN TOTAL
Junior QB Mike Pierce racked up over 300 yards of total offense against 20th-ranked Kutztown on Sept. 3. Pierce was 28-for-52 passing for 264 yards and a touchdown to go along with his 51 yards on the ground.
LUCKY NO. 13
Sophomore WR Justin Bernard reeled in 13 catches against 20th-ranked Kutztown on Sept. 3. Bernard was one reception shy of matching his career high of 14, which he set in a 35-26 win at New Haven last season Nov. 6.
ON THE OFFENSIVE
The Hawks amassed 438 yards of total offense against 20th-ranked Kutztown on Sept. 3, including 174 on the ground, which marked the first time since their 2008 meeting that the Hawks ran for 100-plus yards against the Golden Bears.
JORGENSEN NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Redshirt-freshman LB Isaac Jorgensen was named the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week on Sept. 4 after he intercepted two passes, including one that set up Saint Anselm's first touchdown and brought the Hawks within seven points early on in their Sept. 3 meeting with 20th-ranked Kutztown. Jorgensen also recorded five tackles in the contest, including one for a six-yard loss.
PREDICTING THE FUTURE
The Hawks were picked to finish eighth in the Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released last week. New Haven was chosen as the favorite to win the conference after collecting six-first place votes and point total of 59 to narrowly edge Southern Connecticut, which earned two first-place votes and 58 total points. Merrimack, which received the other first-place vote, came in third with 47 points. With 43 points, Bentley edged AIC (42) for the fourth-place slot. Assumption (28) and Stonehill (23) checked in at the sixth and seventh spots, with Saint Anselm (16) and Pace (8) rounding out the poll.
Grappone Stadium, the home of the Hawks, received a major face lift over the summer as the old grass surface was replaced with a new synthetic Field Turf and lights were added, making night football on the Hilltop a future possibility.
LIVE VIDEO STREAMING
Saint Anselm Athletics and Pack Network will once again team up for the 2011-12 season to offer an industry-leading streaming video solution. The service will feature live event productions that include multiple cameras, an on-screen scoreboard and graphics so that fans can still be part of the action even when they can't make it to the game. This season, all football, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's hockey games will be streamed live at SaintAnselmHawks.tv. The Hawks All-Access Pass, available for $49.95, gives fans the opportunity to watch not only all the live coverage of various Saint Anselm home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass. The premium content includes an in-depth archive section of all video available. Single-event subscriptions for all live events will be available throughout the season for $5.95.