Hawks Set to Host NE-10 Rival Pace on Saturday

Hawks Set to Host NE-10 Rival Pace on Saturday

Pace University (0-3, 0-1 NE-10) at Saint Anselm (0-3, 0-1 NE-10)
Saturday, September 25, 2010 – Grappone Stadium – Manchester, N.H.

On the Air: www.saintanselmhawks.tv

Announcers Ben Altsher (play-by-play) and Nick Anastos (color)

Live Stats: livestats.prestosports.com/saintanselm

A Look at the Matchup
Saint Anselm plays host to Pace University this afternoon as both teams look to pick up their first victories of the 2010 season. Saint Anselm is coming off a 52-7 home-opening loss to Bentley, while the Setters lost to Southern Connecticut and have lost their two home games this season by a combined score of 112-12.

Today’s game is the 12th all-time meeting with Pace, with Saint Anselm holding a slim 6-5 edge over the Setters. Saint Anselm has won two straight over Pace, including last year’s four-point win in Pleasantville, N.Y. Saint Anselm third-year head coach Patrick Murphy is 2-1 against Pace in his first two seasons on the Hilltop, with the one loss coming by a one-point margin here at Grappone Stadium. Pace University is under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Dapolito, who took over the Pace University team following last year’s 1-9 record.

A Look Inside the All-Time Series
Year                 Location                                           Result    
2000                 at Manchester, N.H.                            Pace, 18-12
2001                 at Pleasantville, N.Y.                           Saint Anselm, 43-20
2002                 at Manchester, N.H.                            Saint Anselm, 31-0
2003                 at Manchester, N.H.                            Saint Anselm, 24-12
2004                 at Manchester, N.H.                            Saint Anselm, 28-13
2005                 at Pleasantville, N.Y.                           Pace, 44-14
2006                 at Manchester, N.H.                            Pace, 7-2
2007                 at Pleasantville, N.Y.                           Pace, 20-9
2008                 at Manchester, N.H.                            Pace, 15-14
2008                 at Pleasantville, N.Y.                           Saint Anselm, 28-14
2009                 at Pleasantville, N.Y.                           Saint Anselm, 17-13

A Look at Saint Anselm: Saint Anselm enters today’s game at 0-3 overall after last week’s lopsided setback to Bentley University. The Hawks were led offensively by freshman Keith Charles, who finished with 64 yards and scored his first career touchdown early in the game to tie things up at 7-7. Sophomore quarterback Michael Pierce struggled, completing 15-of-29 passes for 147 yards, finding junior All-American candidate Marc Wilson seven times for a team-best 54 yards. Senior Marcel Bouie was the team’s leader in all-purpose yards in the game with 128, pulling down three passes for 36 yards and picking up 92 kickoff return yards on five attempts. Defensively, senior Jason Nguyen led the defense with nine total tackles, including six solo stops, to go along with a pair of pass breakups. Freshman Alex White, who earned his first career start in place of the injured Ethan Sylvain, had eight total tackles.

For the season, Charles leads the rushing attack with 45 rushes for 153 yards and one touchdown, averaging 51 yards per game. Passing, Pierce has started all three games so far this season, completing 67-of125 attempts for three touchdowns and 625 yards. Pierce is currently leading the Northeast-10 and is ranked ninth nationally with 26.00 completions per contest.

Receiving, the Hawks have three players with over 125 yards for the season, led by Wilson with 24 catches for 171 yards and one touchdown. Wilson, who was third in the nation in catches per game as a sophomore, is currently tied for 13th in that category this season. Bouie has 15 catches for 137 yards, along with sophomore Craig Dennis with 11 catches for 128 yards. Defensively, Sylvain is the team’s leading tackler still with 19 total stops, followed by Nguyen with 18 tackles and tied for the team lead with three pass breakups. Sophomore captain Shane O’Donnell has stepped up in his first season in the blue and white and has 17 tackles, including three tackles for a loss, to go along with two sacks for 19 yards, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery through the first three games.

A Look at Pace: The Setters are in search of their first win following last week’s 43-point loss at home to Southern Connecticut. Leading the offensive attack this season is senior Jason Washington, who has 243 yards on 44 carries thus far, putting him third in the Northeast-10 with 81 yards per contest. Joe Romanick has seen nearly every snap at quarterback, completing 56-of-104 pass attempts for 641 yards and six touchdowns and is averaging 232.3 yards per game in total offense.

Washington leads the Northeast-10 with 191 yards of all-purpose yards per game, a mark that ranks him ninth in the nation in that category. Romanick is third in the Northeast-10 in total offense, putting up 232.3 yards per contest. Romanick’s favorite target so far this season has been Patrick Lupfer with 20 catches for 205 yards and one touchdown. His favorite scoring target has been Eric Ortega with three touchdowns and has has 13 catches for 180 yards, an average of 13.8 yards per catch. On defense, David Lopez is the team’s leading tackler with 26 stops and two forced fumbles, along with 25 tackles by Jonfrey Sanchez and 22 stops from Yves Delpeche.

Hawks in the Northeast-10 Weekly Awards: Below are the Hawks who have been honored by the Northeast-10 Conference this season.

September 6th - None
September 13th - Michael Pierce - Honor Roll
September 19th - None

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 are 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 was 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.

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.

Take A Kid To The Game Day: The Saint Anselm football program will be hosting the NCAA’s “Take A Kid To The Game Day” promotion on Saturday, October 30th when the Hawks take on Stonehill College. For more information, check in often at the Saint Anselm Athletics web site at athletics.anselm.edu.