Kutztown, Pa. (September 4) -- In the 2010 season opener, the Saint Anselm football team fell to Kutztown University by a 41-0 final at University Field on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks trailed just 6-0 at halftime before the Golden Bears used a strong third quarter to pull away for the win. Kutztown now leads the all-time series by a 3-0 margin, including a pair of shutouts at University Field.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Hawks had the ball early in the second quarter and handed off to freshman running back Keith Charles (Laurel, Md.). Approaching the near sideline, Charles had the ball knocked out of his hands and into the waiting arms of Kutztown's Corey Harris. After two plays, the Golden Bears converted a third-and-10 into a touchdown at Kevin Morton found Erik Frazier in the left corner of the end zone for the 6-0. The extra-point attempt was blocked as the Golden Bears held the early. Saint Anselm had an opportunity to get on the board late in the first half as a 35-yard field goal attempt by senior Dylan McSparren (Portsmouth, R.I.) went wide right and came up just short.
Kutztown received the opening kickoff of the second half and took advantage as Josh Mastromatt ran the kick back to the Hawks 40-yard line. After a pair of Kendell Coleman rushes and a Saint Anselm personal foul penalty, Morton ran the ball in himself from the seven-yard line for a 13-0 lead. Morton added his second touchdown pass of the day seven minutes later, finding senior Colby Tuell for a 30-yard strike down the near sideline to push the score up to 20-0. Mastromatt continued a stellar afternoon of his own in the final six minutes of the quarter, adding a pair of rushing scores for a 34-0 lead after three quarters of play.
The Golden Bears closed out the scoring on their first play from scrimmage in the fourth as Mastromatt busted a 66-yard scoring run for the 41-0 lead. Saint Anselm got inside the Kutztown 25-yard line, but was unable to find the end zone as the Golden Bears took the season opener.
Michael Pierce (Andover, Mass.) led the Hawks in passing with a 248-yard afternoon on 30-for-59 passing. Junior All-American candidate Marc Wilson (Farmington, Conn.) pulled down a game-high 10 passes for 65 yards, followed by eight catches for 64 yards by senior Marcel Bouie (Stone Mountain, Ga.). Charles was the leading rushing for Saint Anselm with 37 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, sophomores Ethan Sylvain (E. Montpelier, Vt.) and Shane O'Donnell (Dracut, Mass.) led the team with nine tackles each, including eight solo stops by Sylvain.
Saint Anselm is back in action on Saturday, September 11 as the Hawks travel to Division I Bryant University for a 1 p.m. start at Bulldog Stadium in Smithfield, R.I.