MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College senior running back Joe Hayman (Brandywine, Md.) posted the second-best rushing day in program history with 269 yards as the Hawks nearly overcame a 24-point deficit, but eventually fell to Stonehill College, 45-34, on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Manchester, N.H.
Hayman had a pair of long touchdown runs in the game for Saint Anselm (0-4, 0-3 NE-10), breaking off a 67-yard score and later adding an 87-yard touchdown against the Skyhawks (1-3, 1-2 NE-10). The senior had 312 all-purpose yards on the day, setting a new program record for all-purpose yards in a game previously set by Marc Wilson in 2011.
With his 269 yards on the ground he also surpassed the 1,000 career yards rushing plateau, becoming the seventh player in program history to surpass that mark.
Yianni Gavalas (Manhasset, N.Y.) finished the day going 17-of-29 for 155 yards and three scores, but had four turnovers with three interceptions and a fumble lost. He also added a pair of rushes for 15 yards.
The NCAA's leading receiver Zach Bartak (Greenfield, Mass.) registered seven catches for 64 yards on the day including a touchdown. Kyle Hill (Upper Marlboro, Md.) had three grabs for 27 yards and a TD, while Ryan Monette (Hampton, N.H.) also had three catches for 26 yards and a score.
Defensively, Eric Mercer (Melrose, Mass.) registered 12 tackles including three for a loss, with Josh Garrett (Riviera Beach, Fla.) adding 10 tackles and 2.5 for a loss. Andy Klouda (Solon, Iowa) had nine tackles, while Nate Lewis (Lanham, Md.) and Kyrel Jaundoo (Mattapan, Mass.) had five tackles apiece with Jaundoo also adding a sack and a forced fumble.
Stonehill's Matt Foltz ended the day going 21-of-36 for 330 yards and five touchdowns, while also carrying the ball seven times for 118 yards. Mike Cordova added 81 yards on the ground and a score, while Andrew Jamiel had 10 catches for 153 yards and two scores. Kevin Dick also had two grabs for a pair of scores in the game.
Foltz and Jamiel hooked up for the first touchdown of the afternoon as Jamiel scored from 29 yards out to give Stonehill a 7-0 lead only 4:23 into the game. The Skyhawks extended their lead to 10-0 after a blocked punt led to a Matthew Haite 47-yard field goal with 8:38 to play in the opening quarter.
The Hawks wasted no time finding an answer after Gavalas found Hill for a 14 yard catch, Hayman ripped off a 67-yard touchdown right through the heart of the Stonehill defense to cut the lead to only 10-7. The SkyHawks answered right back with a 10 play, 77-yard drive that ended with the first of Kevin Dick's touchdowns to put Stonehill back on top by two scores at 17-7.
The Skyhawks intercepted Gavalas on the first play from scrimmage on Saint Anselm's next possession and looked poised to start pulling away. Stonehill tried a trick play on their first attempt from scrimmage, but Kyrel Jaundoo stripped Cordova on a halfback-pass and Richie Curran (Freehold, N.J.) jumped on top of it to give the Hawks the ball right back.
Unfortunately for Saint Anselm, their drive stalled and Stonehill pushed their lead to 24-7 early in the second quarter on a DJ Haskins touchdown catch.
After some miscommunication on the kick-off return left the Hawks with the ball at their own 5 yard-line, Hayman carried the ball for eight yards to get them some breathing room. On the next play, Hayman took the ball 87-yards, the second-longest run in program history, and into the end zone to make it a 24-14 game. Neither team would produce much offense the rest of the half as the game entered the break with that score.
Out of the intermission, Foltz struck quickly to put the Skyhawks back on top 31-14 as he connected with Jamiel for a 69-yard touchdown, using only 53 seconds on their first drive. After a Hawks fumble, Foltz connected with Dick for a 35 yard touchdown to give Stonehill their largest lead of the game at 38-14 with 11:47 to play in the third quarter.
Saint Anselm started their comeback with 5:39 to play in the third as Gavalas connected with Hill for a five yard touchdown to make it a 38-21 game. The Hawks got another stop, and eventually Gavalas found a wide-open Bartak for a 15 yard score to pull within striking distance at 38-28.
As the game moved into the fourth quarter, on the first Stonehill possession of the period, Eddie Matovu (Tewksbury, Mass.) stripped Jamiel running down the sideline and recovered his forced fumble at the Stonehill 14 yard line. On their first play from scrimmage, Gavalas found Ryan Monette for a 14 yard score to make it a four-point game at 38-34 after the PAT was missed.
The teams traded punts and Stonehill took over clinging to a four-point lead with just over nine minutes to play. They worked the ball into Saint Anselm territory, and the Hawks eventually had them fourth-and-one at the 31-yard line. The Skyhawks went for it on fourth down and Cordova was able to slip out to his left and scamper into the end zone to take a 45-34 lead.
After a 14 yard run by Hayman, Gavalas was intercepted by Ryan Doherty, and despite a pair of personal fouls by the Skyhawks that pushed them back into their territory, Stonehill was able to get enough first downs – including a fake punt on a fourth down – to run out the clock and steal the 45-34 win.
The Hawks had 455 yards of total offense in the game, while Stonehill picked up 531 yards. Saint Anselm ended the game 2-of-10 (20%) on third downs, while the Skyhawks were 8-of-19 (42%) and held a 36:58 to 23:02 edge in time of possession in the game.
Saint Anselm resumes action next Saturday when they host American International College at 1 p.m. in a game that will serve as Homecoming Weekend for the Hawks.
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