WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College football team suffered a 52-21 setback to the University of New Haven on Saturday afternoon at DellaCamera Stadium in West Haven, Conn.
The Hawks picked up 371 yards of total offense – including 304 yards through the air from senior Yianni Gavalas (Manhasset, N.Y.) – who went 30-of-43 with a pair of scores and an interception.
Zach Bartak (Greenfield, Mass.) led the receiving corps with 12 catches for 105 yards, while Ryan Monette (Hampton, N.H.) added five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. Kyle Hill (Upper Marlboro, Md.) also grabbed 10 passes for 81 yards and scored a touchdown.
On the ground, Joe Hayman (Brandywine, Md.) carried the ball 20 times for 60 yards and a touchdown, with Tanner Jillson (Winchester, N.H.) and Gabe Elliott (Windsor, Conn.) combining for six carries and 12 yards.
Defensively, Andy Klouda (Solon, Iowa) registered a team-high 11 tackles in the game, while Nate Lewis (Lanham, Md.) added seven stops and his first sack of the season. Nick Giordano (Watertown, Mass.), Kyrel Jaundoo (Mattapan, Mass.), Austin Connolly (Salem, Mass.), Jeremy Betts (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Josh Garrett (Riviera Beach, Fla.) each recorded four tackles, with Betts adding 1.5 for a loss.
New Haven's Ajee Patterson went 18-of-24 with 324 yards passing and three scores to lead the Chargers' offense. Andre Anderson was the leader on the ground with 16 carries for 129 yards and two scores, while Lemar Thomas and Thuc Phan also added touchdown runs.
Rishawn Harris and Ty Headen had three catches apiece and combined for 146 yards and two scores. Lemar Thomas also added a 47-yard touchdown reception to his ledger for the game.
Tyler Condit led the New Haven defense with 17 tackles, while Stefano Bicknese added 12 stops of his own. Nigel Davis had five tackles and an interception, with Devon Porchia recording seven tackles.
The Chargers started with good field position after a 40-yard return on the game's opening kick-off. New Haven worked its way deep into Saint Anselm territory, but the Hawks defense kept them out of the end zone, forcing only a 32-yard field goal from Danny Stock that made it a 3-0 game in the early going.
New Haven extended its lead to 10-0 as Andre Anderson scored from only two yards out with 3:37 remaining in the quarter. The two teams eventually traded punts and the Hawks took over at the 12:21 mark of the second period.
The Hawks went to the air as Gavalas led the offense to midfield following a New Haven punt. Kyle Hill caught two balls for a combined 23 yards, and Joe Hayman recorded three rushes for 18 yards to move the ball to the New Haven nine-yard line. On the next play, Gavalas found Hill in the end zone for a touchdown that cut the deficit to only 10-7.
New Haven wasted no time finding an answer as a 39-yard run from Anderson put the ball at the Saint Anselm two-yard line, and Anderson finished the job on the next play to put the Chargers on top 17-7 with only 2:07 coming off the clock. After a Saint Anselm punt, New Haven extended its lead to 24-7 as Thomas took a Patterson pass 47 yards for a score in the closing minute of the first half.
With only 27 seconds left in the half, the Hawks' first play from scrimmage went 70 yards as Monette hauled in a pass from Gavalas that made it a 24-14 game headed into the break.
Out of the stoppage, New Haven scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away for a 45-14 lead headed into the final stanza. Ajee Patterson sandwiched touchdown passes to Rishawn Harris and Ty Headen around a Lemar Thomas 19-yard touchdown scamper.
The Hawks fought all the way to the end as they opened the fourth quarter with a 5:29 drive that ended with a Joe Hayman one-yard rushing touchdown that made it a 45-21 game. New Haven would add one more score on the ground in the final five minutes of play to give the game its final score of 52-21.
New Haven collected 538 yards of total offense, picking up 326 yards through the air and 212 yards on the ground. The Hawks committed only three penalties for 16 yards, while the Chargers had five flags for 53 yards. Saint Anselm ended the game 7-of-16 (44%) on third downs, while New Haven went 7-of-11 (64%) in the game.
The Hawks return to action next Saturday when they host Stonehill College in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup that doubles as the 11th-annual "Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk" with kick-off scheduled for 12 p.m.
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