Manchester, N.H. (October 31) -- Despite holding a nine-point fourth-quarter lead, the Saint Anselm football team couldn't hold off fast-charging New Haven as the vistors scored twice late in the fourth for a 47-43 comeback victory at a blustery Grappone Stadium on Saturday.
It was Saint Anselm that jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the opening nine minutes as Treavor Jeanson (Acton, Mass.) rumbled in from 11 yards out and Marcel Bouie (Stone Mountain, Ga.) fought off a number of defenders for a 20-yard touchdown reception. New Haven got on the board when Josh Smart (Miami, Fla.), who finished with a career-high 151 yards, outran the Hawk defense for an 80-yard score to cut the lead to 14-7 with 1:39 left in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, the two teams traded scores as freshman Zack McCabe (East Freetown, Mass.) kicked a 30-yard field goal, Jeanson rushed for a two-yard touchdown and Joe Robichaud (Madison, Conn.) hauled in a sliding six-yard touchdown reception. The Chargers countered with a touchdown rush from Victor Jones (Patterson, N.J.) and the first of five touchdown passes from Ryan Osiecki (Seymour, Conn.) for a 30-20 Saint Anselm lead at the break.
After halftime, it was Osiecki for New Haven and Saint Anselm sophomore Marc Wilson (Farmington, Conn.) that battled it out as Osiecki threw for two scores and Wilson ran for one and caught a touchdown from Michael Pierce (Andover, Mass.) to make it 43-34 Saint Anselm with under 10 minutes to go in the game. New Haven wasn't done though as Sharieff Hall (Brockton, Mass.) pulled down a 12-yard Osiecki TD pass, dragging his feet down just inside the back line of the end zone.
Just four minutes later, after forcing a Saint Anselm punt, Kameel Lashley (Boston, Mass.) pulled down a screen pass to the left from Osiecki and found the end zone from 32 yards out for a 47-43 lead. The two-point conversion failed, making it a four-point game with just 1:13 left on the clock. Saint Anselm took over at their own 30 yard line late, but were unable to come up with the game-winning score.
Pierce finished with a single-game school-record 397 yards as he completed 37-of-63 passes for three touchdowns to go along with one interception. He also added a team-high 64 yards on the ground. Jeanson posted his first two-touchdown game of his career with two scores on 10 carries for 46 yards. Robichaud caught a career-high nine passes for 131 yards and one touchdown, while Wilson had a game-high 13 catches for 89 yards and accounted for two touchdowns (one rush, one pass). He ended up with 153 all-purpose yards.
Osiecki was spectacular for the Chargers as the top-rated quarterback in the Northeast-10 completed 25-of-40 passes for 362 yards and five touchdowns. Smart also picked up a career-high 151 yards on 18 rushes. Hall, the team's top receiver, had eight catches for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
On defense for Saint Anselm, senior All-America candidate Dan Bohenek (Bridgewater, Mass.) had his eighth double-digit tackle game of the season with 13 stops, including 10 solo, to go along with two pass breakups. Moses White (Gordon Heights, N.Y.) led the Chargers with 12 total tackles for the afternoon.
Saint Anselm falls to 2-7 overall and 1-6 in the Northeast-10, while New Haven now sits at 5-4 overall and completes it's first Northeast-10 schedule with a 4-4 league mark. Saint Anselm returns to action on Saturday, November 7th as the Hawks host Southern Connecticut for Senior Day beginning at Noon. Prior to the game, this year's Senior Class will be honored for their contributions to the Saint Anselm football program during their careers.