Manchester, N.H. (September 18) -- In the 2010 home opener on Saturday afternoon, the Saint Anselm football team dropped a 52-7 final to visiting Bentley University in front of 2,790 fans at Grappone Stadium. The game was the 2010 Homecoming Game for Saint Anselm and one of three home games in the next four weeks.
Bentley converted on its first drive as Bryant Johnson (Hopedale, Mass.) found John Malone (Walpole, Mass.) on a seven-yard scoring pass for the 7-0 lead with 9:45 left in the first period. Saint Anselm answered right back with a 14-play, 63-yard drive that covered 5:40 and was capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run by freshman Keith Charles (Laurel, Md.), the first of his career.
The Falcons took the lead late in the first quarter as Johnson found senior tight end Mike Slattery (Natick, Mass.) from seven yards out to take the 14-7 lead. After adding a pair of TD's in the second period, led by a 51-yard rush by freshman Lorenzo Warren (Boston, Mass.), the Falcons extended the advantage with a 21-point third quarter and led 45-7 entering the fourth period. Bentley capped off the scoring on a late touchdown run by Joshua Marsh (Brockton, Mass.) to account for the 52-7 final score.
Offensively for Saint Anselm, Charles led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 64 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore quarterback Michael Pierce (Andover, Mass.) was 15-for-29 for 147 yards passing. Junior All-American candidate Marc Wilson (Farmington, Conn.) led the team with seven receptions for 54 yards, while senior Marcel Bouie (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was the team leader in all-purpose yards with 128. On defense, senior Jason Nguyen (Methuen, Mass.) was the leading tackler with nine total tackles, along with a pair of pass breakups.
For the Falcons, Warren led the offense with seven rushes for 131 yards and two touchdowns, while Johnson complete 20-of-27 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Slattery led the receivers with six catches for 75 yards, while Warren piled up 145 all-purpose yards.
With the loss, Saint Anselm slips to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Northeast-10, while Bentley improves to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in league play. Saint Anselm returns to action next weekend as the Hawks play host to Pace University beginning at 1 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.
Complete game notes and other information on the game will be available early in the week at athletics.anselm.edu, the online home for Saint Anselm Athletics. The game will also be brought to fans live online at www.saintanselmhawks.tv, the online broadcast home for Saint Anselm College Football. Ben Altsher and Nick Anastos will call all the action from Grappone Stadium, with the pregame show beginning at approximately 12:50 p.m.