Hawks Return From Bye to Face Assumption

Hawks Return From Bye to Face Assumption

Saint Anselm (1-5, 1-3 NE-10) at Assumption (5-2, 2-2 NE-10)
Saturday, October 23 - Worcester, Mass.
On The Air: www.assumptiongreyhounds.tv

Saint Anselm hits the road for the fourth time this season, while Assumption hosts its second Northeast-10 home game of 2010. Saint Anselm is coming off a bye week this past Saturday and Assumption returns to Worcester following a 49-23 setback at Merrimack. Today’s game is the 12th all-time meeting between the Hawks and Greyhounds, with Assumption winning five straight in the series and holding a slim 6-5 lead over Saint Anselm. The last three meetings between the two teams in Worcester have been single-digit margins, including a 16-7 Greyhound win in 2008 in a game played in a wind-driven rainstorm.

Saint Anselm took the first four all-time meetings with Assumption after reinstating the program in 1999 and five of the first six before the Greyhounds begun their current five-game win streak in 2005 in Manchester.

A Look Inside the All-Time Series

Year                 Location                                           Result    
1999                 at Saint Anselm                                  Saint Anselm, 37-29
2000                 at Assumption                                    Saint Anselm, 21-11
2001                 at Saint Anselm                                  Saint Anselm, 28-26
2002                 at Assumption                                    Saint Anselm, 38-13
2003                 at Assumption                                    Assumption, 26-24
2004                 at Assumption                                    Saint Anselm, 26-17
2005                 at Saint Anselm                                  Assumption, 13-7
2006                 at Assumption                                    Assumption, 26-23
2007                 at Saint Anselm                                  Assumption, 71-21
2008                 at Assumption                                    Assumption, 16-7
2009                 at Saint Anselm                                  Assumption, 45-12
2010                 at Assumption                                    1 p.m.

Did You Know?: Saint Anselm junior Marc Wilson has posted 422 all-purpose yards in two career games vs. Assumption, including a school-record 209 kickoff return yards in 2009. Wilson returned the opening kickoff of the game 92 yards for a TD, the second-longest kickoff return in Saint Anselm history. Wilson also ran for 149 yards in 2008 vs. Assumption.

The Coaching Staffs: Saint Anselm is under the direction of head coach Patrick Murphy, who is in his third season at Saint Anselm. The defensive coordinator and associate head coach at Saint Anselm is Rob Eggerling, who is also in his third season on the Hilltop.

The Greyhounds are under the direction of head coach Cory Bailey, who is back for his second go-around with Assumption and in his sixth season overall as head coach. Bailey was away from college football for the 2008 season. Peter Leonard is the team’s defensive coordinator and is in his eighth season at Assumption.

First Time is a Charm: Saint Anselm freshman quarterback Tyrae Woodson-Samuels made his first career start vs. American International on October 9th. For his play, he was named as the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week. In his first start, Woodson-Samuels completed 25-of-42 pass attempts for 175 yards, including a long of 59 yards. He also added 92 rushing yards on his way to accounting for 267 yards of total offense in the game.

Gold Helmet Trifecta: Saint Anselm sophomore quarterback Michael Pierce has now claimed three Gold Helmet Awards in his first 15 career games wearing the Blue and White. The award is given to the top Division II/III player in New England each week and is presented by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. Pierce is the first player in Saint Anselm history to win three Gold Helmets during his career. Pierce earned his Gold Helmet this year following the team’s week-four home win over Pace.

D2Football.com National Offensive Player of the Week: Sophomore quarterback Michael Pierce became the first player in Saint Anselm history to earn D2Football.com National Player of the Week honors after throwing for over 400 yards in a home win over Pace on September 25th. He is also the only Northeast-10 player to earn the award so far this season. On pace to hold every Saint Anselm career passing mark, Pierce’s 408 yards passing and 450 yards of total offense last week were both Northeast-10 season highs for the 2010 season. Pierce has been named as the Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Week twice during his career and was an All-Rookie selection as a freshman in 2009.

Rankings in the Northeast-10 Conference Leaders: A number of Saint Anselm players are ranked among the Northeast-10 Conference statistical leaders. Below is a complete list.

Keith Charles
Rushing - 10th (55.3 yards per game)

Michael Pierce
Passing Yards - 4th (224.6 yards per game)
Total Offense - 4th (232.6 yards per game)
Pass Efficiency - 6th (115.2)

Marc Wilson
Receptions - 3rd (8.50 per game)
Receiving Yards - 5th (66.8 per game)
All-Purpose - 5th (118.5 yards per game)
Kick Return Average - 8th (16.2)
Scoring - 8th (5.0 points per game)

Marcel Bouie
Receptions - 8th (4.50 per game)
Receiving Yards - 7th (61.3 per game)
All-Purpose - 7th (112 yards per game)
Kick Return Average - 4th (19.9)

Shea Cerio
Punting - 1st (35.4 yards per punt)

Shane O’Donnell
Tackles - 17th (6.3 per game)
Tackles For A loss - 6th (1.25)

Mark Colantonio
Tackles - 20th (5.8 per game)

Brendan Timmons
Forced Fumbles - 4th (0.33 per game)

Kyle Hayes
Passes Defensed - 2nd (1.17 per game)

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
September 27th - Michael Pierce, Offensive Player of the Week
                              Marc Wilson - Honor Roll
October 4th - None
October 12th - Tyrae Woodson-Samuels, Rookie of the Week
October 18th - 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.

Hittin’ the Beach: For the second straight year, the Battle For the Ol’ Bronze Hawk will be featured on The Rocky and Randall Road Show on WBPC-FM 95.1 The Beach in Panama City, Fla. Each Saturday morning, the co-hosts pick a number of college football games throughout the country and take calls from college football fans. Last year, the two hosts split their picks and it was Stonehill that came away with the 31-28 win in the game in Easton. The show will feature on-air interviews with the Director of Athletic Communications from both schools. Stay tuned for more information on the time of the broadcast, which will be carried live online at www.beach951.com.

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 at the Saint Anselm Athletics web site at athletics.anselm.edu.