BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Sophomore Kyle Hill posted a career-high 150 yards receiving on seven catches, including a touchdown, but the Saint Anselm College football team suffered a 63-20 setback at #21 LIU Post on Saturday afternoon in Brookville, N.Y.
The Hawks fall to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while LIU Post remains unbeaten at 6-0 and 5-0 in conference games. Saint Anselm has another tough matchup next Friday when they travel to #22 Assumption College for a 7 p.m. kick off.
In addition to Hill's big day, senior Ryan Monette became the program's all-time leader in kick return yardage as he had five returns for 104 yards on the day. Monette currently sits at 1,931 career return yards, surpassing the record held by Keith Charles (2010-13). Monette also added three catches for 32 yards in the game.
Yianni Gavalas also broke a Saint Anselm record, as he became the all-time leader in career passing yards with 7,146 yards, breaking the record set by Michael Pierce (2009-11). Gavalas ended the day going 21-of-39 for 308 yards with a pair of touchdowns and three interceptions. Gavalas is only seven touchdown passes shy of becoming the all-time leader in that category as well.
Joe Hayman was the top rusher for Saint Anselm, picking up 30 yards on 12 carries while also adding four kick returns for 92 yards. Ryan Monette added five carries for seven yards, while James Sullivan had only three carries, but one of them went for his first career touchdown.
The NCAA's leading receiver Zach Bartak registered three catches for 76 yards, including a 61-yarder, in the setback. Connor Schoske had three catches for 31 yards with a 20-yard touchdown grab, his first career TD.
Defensively, Eric Mercer led the defense with nine tackles, including one for a loss, while Isaiah Douglas had eight stops. Andy Klouda had four tackles in the game and grabbed his first career interception for the Hawks. Eric Wilson added three tackles, including his first sack of the season.
LIU Post's Jeff Kidd led the Pioneers' offense going 21-of-30 for 201 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Nine different LIU Post players registered a reception led by eight catches and 74 yards for Shane Hubbard.
David White ran the ball 15 times for 134 yards and a pair of scores, while Tim Marinan, Jeff Kidd and Malik Pierre also found the end zone on the ground.
Defensively, Ryan Renfroe and Connor Farrell led the Pioneers with five tackles apiece with Kenny Scotland, Joshua Flowers and Nate Feliz recording interceptions.
Scotland's interception opened the scoring in the game as he picked off a Gavalas pass and took it into the end zone to put LIU Post on top 7-0. The Pioneers raced out to a 28-0 lead on running scores by Pierre, White and Kidd with 14:19 to play in the second quarter.
The Hawks got on the scoreboard only three minutes later as Gavalas hit Hill for a 36-yard gain to move the ball into LIU territory, and after a five-yard run from Hayman, Gavalas and Hill hooked up again for a 27-yard touchdown that made it a 28-7 game.
LIU Post responded with a touchdown on their next drive as Kidd found Higgins with a five-yard touchdown pass to make it a 35-7 game.
The Hawks would not go away quietly as Gavalas led Saint Anselm down the field, hooking up with Monette and Hill for 17-yard gains that eventually put the ball at the 20-yard line. Gavalas dropped back to pass and found Schoske for his first career touchdown catch.
The Pioneers added one more score before the half to take a 42-14 lead into the break.
The two teams traded punts to open the third quarter and Andy Klouda gave the ball back to Saint Anselm at the LIU Post 36-yard line with his first interception. On a 3rd-and-22 play, Gavalas found Hill for a 24-yard reception to pick up the first down and place the ball at the two-yard line. On the next play, James Sullivan plunged into the end zone for his first career touchdown.
The Pioneers would control the field for the rest of the game, adding three more touchdowns, to come away with a 63-20 victory.
The Hawks put together 356 yards of total offense, but LIU Post racked up 532 yards of their own on the day. Saint Anselm was 6-of-16 (38%) on third downs compared to a 9-of-12 (75%) showing for the home team. Saint Anselm won the time of possession, holding the ball for 31:23, and had nine kick returns for 196 yards.
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