MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College football team will play host to seventh-ranked University of New Haven in the team's regular-season finale on Saturday, Nov. 12 (12 p.m.) at Grappone Stadium. The Hawks' seven-member senior class will be recognized prior to the start of the game. Links to live stats and live video are available on the football schedule page.
This will be just the third meeting between the Hawks and Chargers, with the series even at one apiece. Each team has captured their victory on the road. In the most recent meeting Nov. 6, 2010, Saint Anselm scored a monster upset with a 35-26 win at DellaCamera Stadium.
Saint Anselm scored a pair of quick third-quarter touchdowns to jump out to a 21-10 lead and held off first-place New Haven for the thrilling victory. The loss ended New Haven's chances at the outright Northeast-10 title and ended their NCAA Tournament hopes as well.
After a scoreless first quarter, Saint Anselm struck first as freshman wide receiver Eric Feehan pulled in a lofted pass in the back left corner of the end zone for the 7-0 lead with 11:10 left in the second period. Freshman Tyrae Woodson-Samuels rolled out to his left and found a wide-open Feehan for the 19-yard score, his first career touchdown reception.
On the ensuing drive, the Chargers got into the red zone on a 37-yard pass from Ronnie Nelson to Demetrius Washington-Ellison and a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Hawks. New Haven took advantage of the big play as Ryan Osiecki scored on a quarterback keeper from one yard to tie the game at 7-7. New Haven took the 10-7 lead with 4:26 left in the first half as Chris Scifo booted a 20-yard field goal. The Hawk defense held the Chargers to just three points after it was first and goal for New Haven from the three-yard line.
Saint Anselm had an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead late in the second quarter, but the Charger defense made a red-zone stand to keep the game at 10-7 heading into the half. The Hawks got into the red zone on a 46-yard completion to freshman Keith Charles up the near sideline. Woodson-Samuels was under pressure in the backfield and found Charles on a screen pass, which Charles took up the sideline to the 13-yard line.
The Hawks received the opening kickoff of the second half and quickly found the end zone as Charles pulled in a pass from Woodson-Samuels around the 10-yard line and blasted thru the Charger defense for the 16-yard score. On the ensuing kickoff, the Chargers fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Hawks' Trevor Jessie to set Saint Anselm up at the UNH 49-yard line. Less than two minutes later, the Hawks extended the lead to double digits as Woodson-Samuels found Bouie in the corner of the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown.
The rest of the third quarter was all New Haven however as Osiecki scored on a two-yard QB sneak and Scifo kicked a 30-yard field goal for a 21-20 Hawk lead after three quarters of play.
To start the fourth, the Hawks marched down into the red zone and had a first-and-goal situation from the 13-yard line, but were unable to score and the Chargers took over on downs. Saint Anselm's defense stood strong though as senior Mark Colantonio picked off New Haven on the next play and returned the ball 27 yards for a touchdown to get the lead back to 28-20. New Haven made it a two-point game with 8:57 left on a 19-yard scoring reception by Washington, but failed the two-point conversion attempt for the 28-26 margin.
Saint Anselm got the ball back with 4:42 left and on the first play of the drive, sophomore Michael Pierce, who came in at quarterback late in the game, found Bouie on a shovel pass up the middle. Dodging tacklers thru the line of scrimmage, Bouie took the ball straight up the middle and outran the defense for a 64-yard touchdown to seal the win. To also help clinch the victory, senior Jason Nguyen picked off Osiecki on the next Charger possession, Saint Anselm's second interception of the day.
Saint Anselm piled up 483 yards of total offense on 78 offensive plays, led by 374 yards passing and four passing scores. Woodson-Samuels was 21-for-28 with three touchdowns, while Pierce completed 8-of-13 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. The Hawks also had three players reach 100 receiving yards in the same game for the first time in the program's history, led by a 14-catch, 129-yard outing by freshman Justin Bernard. Bouie had eight catches for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns are a perfect 3-0 during his career when he finds the end zone twice in a game.
Charles pulled down four receptions for exactly 100 yards receiving. The leading freshman rusher in the league, Charles also led the ground attack with 68 yards and finished the game with a team-best 168 all-purpose yards. Bernard, Bouie and Colantonio also surpassed the 100-yard all-purpose yard mark in the win. On defense, Brendan Timmons had a team-best 10 tackles, including seven assisted stops. The Hawks defended 10 New Haven passes on the afternoon, led by three from Jessie. Jessie tied teammate Chris Bent with nine tackles while also having one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery.
For New Haven, Osiecki passed for 252 yards and one touchdown as he completed just 18-of-42 pass attempts with two interceptions. Washington was the leading receiver with seven catches for 113 yards and one score.
With the win, Saint Anselm improved to 2-7 overall and 2-5 in Northeast-10 play, while New Haven fell to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the league.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Marc Wilson recorded a game-high 13 catches, including a touchdown, but the Hawks suffered a 35-7 defeat against Stonehill in the sixth annual Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk on Nov. 5 at W.B. Mason Stadium.
The Hawks dropped to 1-8 on the season, including 1-6 in Northeast-10 play, while the Skyhawks upped their record to 3-7, 2-5.
After Stonehill QB Logan Meyer hooked up with John Gomes and Zaire Reiph on respective 54- and 60-yard touchdown passes in the first quarter, Wilson reeled in a pass from junior QB Mike Pierce and sprinted 14 yards up the right side before slipping inside the pylon for his fourth receiving touchdown of the year. The point-after by junior K Shea Cerio sliced the Saint Anselm deficit to 14-7 just 1:28 into the second quarter.
The Skyhawks added to their lead with 2:54 remaining in the opening half when Jamal Johnson capped an eight-play, 55-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run. Michael Kielbasa's extra point made it 21-7.
Stonehill was not finished in the first half, however, as it forced a quick three-and-out before driving 50 yards in four plays with just 38 seconds coming off the clock to widen the lead to 21. Justin Willis finished off the drive with a 31-yard touchdown run with 1:02 on the clock and after a Kielbasa extra point, the Skyhawks led, 28-7.
The game stayed that way through the third quarter before a 13-yard touchdown pass from Meyer to Thomas Sullivan closed a five-play, 77-yard drive that made it 35-7 after the Kielbasa point-after just 2:55 into the fourth.
Willis rushed for 136 yards on 22 carries, while Meyer was 20-for-37 for 285 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Senior Kyle Hayes picked off his second pass of the season in the first quarter, while sophomore DB Ethan Sylvain pulled in his team-leading fifth interception in the third quarter.
Wilson racked up 158 yards of all-purpose offense, including 59 through the air. Pierce, who went over 2,000 yards passing for the season, was 19 of 38 for 85 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. In relief, freshman QB Stephen Cuipa was 5 of 6 for 18 yards, with his lone misfire coming on an interception late in the fourth.
Junior LB Chris Bent tallied a game-high 14 tackles, including five for a loss and a sack. Bent also recovered a fumble in the first quarter after freshman Isaac Jorgensen jarred the ball loose after Gomes made a two-yard catch. Hayes made eight stops, including 1.5 for a loss.
SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE
With two more interceptions against Stonehill on Nov. 5, the Hawks are just two picks shy of matching the single-season school record.
Senior WR Marc Wilson ranks seventh in the nation with 177.7 all-purpose yards per game and 16th with 6.8 receptions per game, while sophomore DBs Trevor Jessie and Ethan Sylvain rank 15th and 17th, respectively, with .57 and .56 interceptions per game.
In their 24-20 loss against Assumption on Oct. 29, the Hawks saw their 10-game interception streak snapped after they failed to pick off the Greyhounds. The last time the Hawks did not record an interception in a game was back on Oct. 30, 2010 against Stonehill.
KICKIN' IT WITH CERIO
In the Hawks' 24-20 loss against Assumption on Oct. 29, junior K Shea Cerio put together a solid performance. Cerio was 2-for-2 on field goals and extra points, in addition to downing three punts inside the 20. Cerio also matched his career high, which he set the previous week, with a 58-yard punt that is the third longest in school history.
In their 47-21 victory at Pace on Oct. 22, the Hawks broke a handful of school records. The Hawks set new program records for total offense (576), all-purpose yards (729) and average yards per play (8.0), as well as season highs for points (47) and rushing yards (305).
CRAWFORD NAMED NORTHEAST-10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior DB Tyler Crawford was named the Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 23. Crawford helped the Hawks record a 47-21 victory at Pace on Oct. 22 as the defense held the Setters to the lowest scoring output of any Hawk opponent this season. Crawford played a big role as he recorded seven tackles – six solo stops – forced a fumble and brought his second interception of the season back 69 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown – the third longest interception return in program history – that made it 40-7 after the extra point with 12:36 remaining in the fourth.
Junior QB Mike Pierce and senior WR Marc Wilson both made the Northeast-10's weekly honor roll that was released Oct. 24 after the Hawks' 47-21 win at Pace on Oct. 22. Pierce amassed 395 yards of total offense as he was 22 of 36 passing for 271 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 124 yards and a score on nine carries. His 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the longest run from scrimmage in school history. Pierce also helped Saint Anselm win the field position battle with a pair of punts that pinned Pace inside the 20. Wilson caught 10 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown and ran for 81 yards and a score on four carries, while also racking up 30 kick return yards. Wilson's 71-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter is the third-longest run from scrimmage in program history.
SETTING THE PACE
After his 229-all-purpose-yard performance in the Hawks' 47-21 win at Pace on Oct. 22, senior WR Marc Wilson continues to put up big numbers against the Setters. Wilson has now racked up 817 all-purpose yards to go along with 10 touchdowns in five games (163.4 yds/game). Wilson has averaged 7.5 yards each time he has touched the ball against the Setters. Wilson has also amassed 558 yards of total offense, with 459 of those yards coming in the first two games when Wilson served as the team's quarterback.
ANSWERING THE BELL
Sophomore RB Greg Bell helped jump-start the Hawks offense in their 47-21 at Pace on Oct. 22. Bell, who finished with 37 yards on six carries, found the end zone for the first time in his career after a one-yard jaunt just 50 seconds into the opening half staked the Hawks to a 6-0 lead. After getting a taste of paydirt, Bell forced his way into the end zone again as he stretched his team's lead to 13-0 with an 11-yard scoring run with 9:42 left in the second.
In the Hawks' 47-21 win at Pace on Oct. 22, junior K Shea Cerio matched a school record with five extra points. Cerio had a chance for the outright record, but missed his first PAT of the afternoon and also had another point-after attempt thwarted after a botched snap that forced the Hawks into a desperation two-point conversion situation. Cerio also boomed a 58-yard punt in the first quarter that was the third-longest punt in school history.
After losing six straight to start the year – with all of the games taking place on synthetic turf playing surfaces – the Hawks grabbed their first win of the year in a 47-21 triumph at Pace's grass surface stadium, Pace Field, on Oct. 22. The Hawks had a brand new synthetic turf surface installed at Grappone Stadium this past summer after playing the previous 12 seasons on grass.
With redshirt-sophomore Ethan Sylvain's fourth interception of the season at Pace on Oct. 22, he joined sophomore DB Trevor Jessie (4) and redshirt-freshman LB Isaac Jorgensen (3) as the first three Saint Anselm defenders to ever combine for 11 picks. It is the first time two Hawks have each intercepted four passes since Pat McGuiness (4) and Justin Peledge (4) in 2000, as well as 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 15 interceptions on the season, which is the second most all-time behind the 2004 squad that grabbed 19.
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.