Hawks Renew Rivalry With Division I Bryant on Saturday

Hawks Renew Rivalry With Division I Bryant on Saturday

Saint Anselm (0-1, 0-0 NE-10) at Bryant (1-0, 0-0 NEC)
Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 1 p.m.
Bulldog Stadium - Smithfield, R.I.

On the Air: www.bryantbulldogs.tv
72 degrees, sunny, 11 mph wind NNE, 0 percent chance of rain

Saint Anselm renews its rivalry with Bryant University on Saturday afternoon as the Hawks travel to Smithfield, R.I. to take on the Division I Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium. The last time the Hawks visited Smithfield was 2006, as the Bulldogs pulled away early for a 41-0 victory. The last overall meeting between the two rivals was in 2007 in Manchester, with 24th-ranked Bryant taking the 49-21 win. Today’s game is the first Division I opponent that the Hawks have faced since the 2003 season, when the team defeated Siena by a 23-8 final in Albany, N.Y.

This afternoon’s meeting is the 10th overall clash between the two schools, with the Bulldogs holding a 6-3 edge. Bryant has won the last four games vs. the Hawks, with the last Saint Anselm win in the series coming on November 8, 2003 by a 10-3 final in Manchester. The Hawks only win in Smithfield came on October 14, 2000 as Saint Anselm pulled out the 28-20 win. Saint Anselm and Bryant both started their football programs in 1999, with the Hawks reinstating their program after a 58-year hiatus. For Bryant, this marked the first time that the Bulldogs had a football program.

A Look Inside the All-Time Series

Year           Location                                        Result
1999           at Saint Anselm                               Bryant, 27-7
2000           at Bryant                                         Saint Anselm, 28-20
2001           at Saint Anselm                               Saint Anselm, 31-16
2002           at Bryant                                         Bryant, 25-13
2003           at Saint Anselm                               Saint Anselm, 10-3
2004           at Bryant                                         Bryant, 28-21 (OT)
2005           at Saint Anselm                               Bryant, 27-0
2006           at Bryant                                         Bryant, 41-0
2007           at Saint Anselm                               Bryant, 49-21 

Last Meeting With the Bulldogs: The Hawks met the Bulldogs last in 2007 at Grappone Stadium as Bryant defeated Saint Anselm by a 49-21 final in front of 1,938 fans in Manchester. Bryant jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter before Geoff Stevens pulled down an 11-yard touchdown pass from Nick Barese to get the Hawks on the board. The Bulldogs countered with 35 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. For Saint Anselm, Luke St. Marie scored from three yards out and Corey Williams caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Barese to account for the remainder of the Hawk points. While both teams were members of the Northeast-10 Conference, the teams played for the Granite Cup, which was started in 2006 and won both times by Bryant.

For the game, the Hawks were led rushing by Conor Cahill with 48 yards, along with a 215-yard, two-touchdown passing game from Barese. Williams was the top receiver for the Hawks, catching seven passes for 121 yards. Then-freshman Marcel Bouie, the only remaining member of the offense on this year’s team that has played Bryant, pulled down four passes for 24 yards. Defensively, Nate Munzing had 10 tackles to lead the Hawks. Then-freshman Mark Colantonio is the only player remaining from that game that had a tackle as he finished with six stops and one interception.

Narrow Setbacks: In the 2009 season, Saint Anselm dropped four games by a combined 14 points as the Hawks finished with a 2-8 overall record. Saint Anselm dropped three Northeast-10 games to American International, Stonehill and New Haven by a combined 10 points, along with a four-point non-conference loss to Kutztown. In addition, the team’s two victories were by a combined 10 points. The first of those came by a 41-35 margin in five overtimes vs. Plymouth State, the second-longest game in NCAA Division II history. The other was a 17-13 road win at Pace University, the second straight for the Hawks in that series.

2010 Homecoming: Saint Anselm celebrates Homecoming 2010 at the home opener on September 18th at Grappone Stadium as the Hawks play host to Bentley University in their Northeast-10 Conference opener. The picnic grove adjacent to the playing surface will be open for tailgating as part of the Homecoming festivities. For more information on tickets for the 2010 football season, contact the Department of Athletics at 603-641-7800.

2010 Team Captains: The captains of the 2010 Saint Anselm football team features three seniors and a sophomore in seniors Marcel Bouie, Mark Colantonio and Mario Pirolozzi, along with starting linebacker Shane O’Donnell. O’Donnell is in his sixth year in coach Murphy’s system as he played for him at Dracut (Mass.) High School prior to Murphy taking the Saint Anselm position in 2008.

Hawk Home Games on the Air: The Saint Anselm Department of Athletics has partnered with the Pack Network to broadcast each home Saint Anselm Football game this season. Individual games will be available for a price of $5.95, while an All-Access season pass will be available for $49.95. The All-Access pass will give viewers access to all Saint Anselm HOME football, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s hockey games throughout the 2010-2011 season. All-Access viewers will also have access to game archives, which will be uploaded upon conclusion of live broadcasts.

All of these games will be available at www.saintanselmhawks.tv, which will be launched prior to the first home football game on September 18th. For more information, visit the Saint Anselm athletics web site at athletics.anselm.edu or contact the Saint Anselm Office of Athletic Communications at 603-641-7810.

Upcoming Events at Home Games: In addition to the 2010 Homecoming Game vs. Bentley on September 18th, the Saint Anselm Football schedule features a number of other events, including the NCAA “Take A Kid To The Game” Promotion, which will be held at Grappone Stadium on Saturday, October 9th at 1 p.m. as the Hawks take on American International. All adults who purchase a full-price ticket will receive a youth ticket to the game for FREE. For more information on this promotion, contact the Saint Anselm Office of Athletic Communications at 603-641-7810.

Battle for the Ol’ Bronze Hawk: On Senior Day, October 30th vs. Stonehill, the two teams will again be playing in the Battle for the Ol’ Bronze Hawk. A rivalry game started in the 2006 season, the two teams play for a handmade, bronze Hawk statue that is awarded to the winning team following the conclusion of the game. Last year, Stonehill pulled ahead late at W.B. Mason Stadium in Easton, Mass. as the Skyhawks won by a 31-28 final to retain the Hawk. Game time on October 30th is at Noon at Grappone Stadium.