WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore RB Joe Hayman (Brandywine, Md.) ran for a career-high 97 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, but the Saint Anselm College football team was defeated by Assumption College, 31-7, Friday night at Multi-Sport Stadium.
The Hawks lose their third straight to fall to 5-3 overall, including 4-3 in Northeast-10 play, while the Greyhounds win their fourth straight to improve to 5-3, 5-2 NE-10.
Saint Anselm squandered an early opportunity to score when junior DB Carroll Bailey (Clinton, Mass.) recovered a fumble at the Assumption 11-yard line on the Greyhounds' first drive. Junior RB Elad Covaliu (Rockville, Md.) ran to the 1-yard line to open the drive, but fumbled on the following play and Assumption recovered in the end zone for a touchback.
The Greyhounds eventually went on top, 3-0, when Tad Beuchert kicked a 29-yard field goal with 5:31 remaining in the opening quarter. Assumption took advantage of a Gavalas interception on the ensuing drive as it went 29 yards in six plays and Trevor Vasey's 13-yard touchdown pass to Dave Call made it 10-0 following Beuchert's kick with 1:53 to play in the first.
Assumption stretched its lead to 17-0 with 4:26 left in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Kevin Ihlefeld. Beuchert tacked on the extra point.
Saint Anselm drove down the field and set up for a 21-yard field goal that was blocked by Assumption, but a roughing the kicker call gave the Hawks an automatic first down at the 2-yard line. Covaliu ran it in for the score, but a holding penalty backed the Hawks up to the 12. Sophomore QB Yianni Gavalas (Manhasset, N.Y.) scrambled on the final play with the clock winding down, but threw an incomplete pass with zeroes on the clock. The two flags on the field were against Saint Anselm and the game went to halftime with the 17-point margin.
De'Ontray Johnson's 11-yard touchdown run capped a 10-play, 65-yard drive that opened the second half to give Assumption a 24-0 lead with 10:33 left in the third following Beuchert's PAT.
Later in the quarter, sophomore DB Shane Jackson (Monticello, N.Y.) recovered a fumble at the Hawks' 15-yard line, but the offense went three-and-out and had to punt. The Greyhounds went 46 yards in two plays as Varsey connected with Eddie Frazier for a 39-yard catch-and-run that widened the gap to 31-0 after Beuchert's point-after with 10:52 on the clock in the fourth quarter.
Saint Anselm made it on to the board with 38 seconds left in the game as Hayman polished off a 10-play, 71-yard drive with a 7-yard run to cut it to 31-7 after the extra point by junior K/P Shane Grayson (Ormond Beach, Fla.).
Gavalas, who became the fourth Hawk to throw for 4,000 yards in a career during the game, was 16-for-29 for 128 yards, while also running five times for 16 yards. Sophomore QB Matt Phelan (Whitinsville, Mass.) ran five times for 51 yards, while Covaliu rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries.
Defensively, senior DL Justin Waltzer (Danbury, Conn.) collected a team-high eight tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, while fellow senior DL Andrew Lebowitz (Andover, Mass.) recorded six tackles, including 3.0 for a loss and half a sack.
Assumption outgained Saint Anselm, 396-340, including 165-136 through the air and 231-204 on the ground.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Nov. 1 at noon when they play host to Stonehill College in the Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk at Grappone Stadium on Senior Day. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.