MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Anselm College football team wraps up the Northeast-10 Conference regular season when they travel to Southern Connecticut State University for a 12 p.m. kick off at Jess Dow Field in New Haven, Conn. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
SAINT ANSELM (2-7, 2-6 NE-10) AT SO. CONNECTICUT (5-4, 5-3 NE-10) | NOV. 5, 2016 | 12 P.M.
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HAWKS VS. OWLS SERIES
Saint Anselm and Southern Connecticut are meeting for the 18th time in program history with the Owls holding a 14-3 edge in the series. The Hawks snapped an 11-game losing skid to Southern with a 23-20 win in over time in 2014, but the Owls won the last matchup with a 28-14 decision in last year's meeting. Eric Fairweather went 25-of-36 for 213 yards and two scores, while also picking up 27 yards on the ground to lead the Saint Anselm offense. Ryan Monette hauled in a team-high eight passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, while Zach Bartak had four catches for 46 yards and a score. Defensively, the Hawks had three sacks on the day from Liam Gillis, Eddie Matovu and Eric Wilson, while Kyrel Jaundoo forced a fumble. Josh Garrett posted nine tackles in the game, with Jeremy Betts adding eight stops.
TWO IN A ROW
After wins over Pace (42-7) and Merrimack (28-17), the Saint Anselm College football team has won back-to-back games for the first time since the 2014 season. That year, Saint Anselm actually won their first five games of the season from Sept. 6 through Oct. 4, which also included a 23-20 win over Southern Connecticut State in New Haven, Conn.
HILL KEEPING IT '100'
Kyle Hill hauled in eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdown in the win over Merrimack on Oct. 29 and the sophomore wide out has now recorded over 100 receiving yards in four-straight games dating back to Oct. 8. Hill has averaged 134 yards per game during that stretch, and has three touchdown grabs.
GAVALAS CLOSING OUT STRONG
Over the past two weeks, senior quarterback Yianni Gavalas has gone 46-of-75 through the air (61.3%) for 533 yards and four touchdowns to only one interception. He has also rushed the ball 18 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
HAYMAN ON THE GROUND
Joe Hayman has 136 rushes for 652 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground this season, leading the team in all three categories. In the NE-10, Hill ranks third in the league in rushes and yards, while his eight touchdowns are the fourth-best total in the conference.
MERCER STEPPING UP
Eric Mercer has surged to the top of the tackles category for the Hawks, averaging 8.8 tackles per game dating back to a season-high 12-tackle day against Stonehill on Sept. 24. Mercer currently ranks 12th in the NE-10 in tackles this season.
CLIMBING UP HILL
Kyle Hill currently leads the Hawks in receptions (66), yards (902), yards per game (100.2) and receiving touchdowns (8). In the NE-10, Hill leads the conference in receiving yards while ranking second in touchdowns and receiving yards per game, and ranks fourth in receptions per game (7.3). Nationally, Hill ranks eighth in the nation in receptions per game, 17th in receiving yards, 23rd in receiving yards per game and 34th in receiving touchdowns.
SCHOSKE FOR SIX
Junior Connor Schoske hauled in his first career touchdown pass against LIU Post on Oct. 8, and he picked up his second TD grab near the end of the second quarter in the win against Pace on Oct. 22. The junior has 17 catches for 208 yards this year.
BARTAK WITH THE CATCH
Zach Bartak caught nine passes for 64 yards and a touchdown on Oct. 29 against Merrimack, and he currently has 62 receptions for 612 yards and four touchdowns this year. Bartak currently ranks eighth in career receiving yards (1,402), eighth in catches (122), and has entered the top-10 in career receiving touchdowns (10).
HAWKS ON THE HONOR ROLL
10/31/16 | Kyle Hill | 8 catches, 143 yards, 1 touchdown vs. Merrimack
10/31/16 | Eric Wilson | 8 tackles, 2 for a loss, 1 sack
10/24/16 | Yianni Gavalas | 20-30, 262 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 rushing TD's vs. Pace
10/17/16 | Joe Hayman | 132 all-purpose yards, 2 rushing touchdowns at Assumption
10/10/16 | Kyle Hill | 7 catches, 150 yards, 1 touchdown at LIU Post
10/3/16 | Shaun Callahan | 7 tackles, 1 interception vs. American Int'l
9/26/16 | Joe Hayman | 18 carries, 269 yards, 2 touchdowns vs. Stonehill
9/12/16 | Kyle Hill | 12 catches, 124, 2 touchdowns vs. Bentley
9/6/16 | Zach Bartak | 13 catches, 122 yards at Wagner
PINNING THEM DEEP
Junior punter Brendan Mulligan has recorded 45 punts for 1,363 yards so far this season, including six punts inside the 20 yard line. Mulligan already ranks ninth all-time in career punting yards at Saint Anselm.
THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS
Sophomore Daniel Parisi has taken over the kicking duties from All-NE-10 selection Shane Grayson who graduated in the spring. Parisi has been solid this year as the place kicker, going 24-for-27 on PAT's while knocking 2-of-3 field goals through the uprights.
WILSON ON THE LINE
Eric Wilson recorded eight tackles and a sack against Merrimack on Oct. 29. Wilson's two sacks this season have matched his career total, and he surpassed 100-career tackles in the win over the Warriors.
Saint Anselm has eight take-aways this season on five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Five different players have intercepted a pass, including Eddie Matovu's second career INT against Merrimack on Oct. 29.
CURRAN RECOVERS IT
Richie Curran currently leads Saint Anselm with a pair of fumble recoveries this season. Curran scooped up his first recovery of the year against Stonehill on Sept. 24 and he had his second of the season againt Pace on Oct. 29.
SURPASSING 1,000 YARDS
With his 269 yards rushing against Stonehill on Sept. 24, Joe Hayman became the seventh player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career.
JAUNDOO STRIPS IT
Senior Kyrel Jaundoo recorded his fifth career forced fumble against Stonehill on Sept. 24. Jaundoo moved into a tie for sixth place all-time in program history in forced fumbles.
BACK TO RETURN
With 229 return yards this season, senior Ryan Monette became the all-time leader in kick return yardage with 2,021 yards in his career, surpassing the mark set by Keith Charles (2011-13). Monette is also the leading punt returner for Saint Anselm with 11 returns for 75 yards.
The senior duo of Ryan Monette and Joe Hayman have moved their way up in the Saint Anselm record books in their final season on the Hilltop. With 312 all-purpose yards against Stonehill, Hayman set the new single-season mark for all-purpose yards in a game. His 2,481 all-purpose yards in his career is currently the ninth best mark in program history. Monette is a couple of spots higher than Hayman on that list with 2,909 all-purpose yards, ranking fifth all-time.
GAVALAS BACK TO PASS
Senior quarterback Yianni Gavalas currently leads the Northeast-10 Conference in completions (200), while ranking second in passing yards (2,196) and third in passing yards per game (244.0), while ranking fourth in touchdowns (16) and sixth in completion percentage (57.3%).
DEFENSE SHINES AGAINST PACE
The Saint Anselm defense as a whole was fantastic against Pace, allowing a season low in points (7), total offense (189) and passing yards (34). The Hawks defense was able to get the ball back to the offense quickly as Saint Anselm held a nearly 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession.
GAVALAS IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Yianni Gavalas has moved his way up into all of the major passing categories at Saint Anselm, ranking first in completions (726) and yards (7,856) while he currently sits only two touchdown passes shy (48) of becoming the all-time leader in passing touchdowns (50) set by Michael Pierce (2009-11).
SAFETY IN NUMBERS
The duo of Nate Lewis and Andy Klouda have manned the safety position for a majority of the season for the Hawks this year. Klouda currently ranks second on the team in tackles (50) with one interception on the season. Nate Lewis is third on the team with 45 stops, while adding one sack, 3.5 tackles for a loss, an interception and three pass breakups.
LIVE VIDEO STREAMING
Saint Anselm Athletics and Pack Network will once again team up for the 2015-16 season to offer an industry-leading streaming video solution. The service will feature live event productions that include multiple cameras, an on-screen scoreboard and graphics so that fans can still be part of the action even when they can't make it to the game. Fans can stream games live on their iPad or iPhone and starting this season, all events will be streamed in High Definition. This season, all football, volleyball, field hockey, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's hockey and men's and women's lacrosse games will be streamed live at SaintAnselmHawks.tv. free of charge.
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