Football travels to American Int'l for NE-10 Championship Weekend

Football travels to American Int'l for NE-10 Championship Weekend

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Anselm College football team wraps up the 2016 season when they travel to American International College for a 12 p.m. kick off at Abdow Field in Springfield, Mass. on Saturday, Nov. 12 as part of Northeast-10 Conference Championship Weekend.

SAINT ANSELM (2-8, 2-7 NE-10) AT AMERICAN INT'L (3-7, 3-6 NE-10) | NOV. 12, 2016 | 12 P.M.
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HAWKS VS. YELLOW JACKETS SERIES
Saint Anselm and American International are meeting for the 21st time in program history with the Yellow Jackets holding a 16-4 edge in the series. The Hawks snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets in 2015, but AIC picked up a win in their last meeting back in October. In their last meeting, AIC held the Hawks offense to only 254 total yards and caused four turnovers to help the Yellow Jackets post the 30-10 win. Yianni Gavalas completed 26-of-46 passes for 218 yards and completed a three-yard touchdown to Zach Bartak. Kyle Hill and Bartak caught six passes apiece, while Ryan Monette had nine grabs for 34 yards. Connor Schoske ended the day as the leading receiver with 52 yards on just two catches. Liam Gillis registered a team-high eight tackles, while Shaun Callahan and Andy Klouda had seven stops apiece. Callahan and Nate Lewis also had an interception each.

NE-10 CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
Saint Anselm travels to American International as part of NE-10 Championship Weekend. The Hawks are 1-3 since the game was added, picking up their first win on Championship Weekend with a 39-30 win over Pace in 2015.

GAVALAS CLIMBING THE RECORD BOOK
With two touchdown passes against Southern Connecticut, Yianni Gavalas moved into a tie for the program record for touchdown passes in a career, matching the mark set by Michael Pierce (2009-11). Gavalas' 18 passing touchdowns this season is the fourth-most touchdown passes in a single season.

MONETTE TO THE HOUSE
Ryan Monette had a 56-yard punt return against Souther Connecticut, the first non-blocked punt return touchdown since Jeff Farragher at Assumption on Sept. 30, 2000. For his efforts, Monette was named the Northeast-10 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

HILL KEEPING IT '100'
Kyle Hill registered 10 catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns against Southern Connecticut, posting his fifth-straight game with 100+ receiving yards. Hill has averaged eight catches, 129 yards and a touchdown per game during the five game stretch.

KLOUDA ON THE STOP
After a week away, Andy Klouda returned to the lineup against Southern Connecticut and led the Hawks with eight tackles. Klouda currently ranks second on the team with 58 tackles this season, including 1.5 tackles for a loss and an interception.

SACK ARTISTS
The Hawks posted a season-high four sacks against Southern Connecticut, with Eric Mercer, Eric Wilson and Kimothy Bynum registering sacks against the Owls.

HILL FINDING PAY DIRT
Hill has caught 10 touchdown passes this season, the third-best mark in program history. Justin Bernard holds the top two spots in that category with 15 touchdown grabs in 2012 and 12 TD catches in 2013.

WILSON ON THE LINE
Eric Wilson registered his team-leading third sack of the season against Southern Connecticut on Nov. 5. Wilson has five career sacks for the Hawks during his four years.

BARTAK WITH THE CATCH
Zach Bartak hauled in 12 passes for 109 yards against Southern Connecticut, and he currently has 74 catches for 721 yards and four touchdowns this season. Bartak currently ranks 8th all-time in receptions (134), fifth in receiving yards (1,511) and tied for 10th in receiving touchdowns (10).

HAWKS ON THE HONOR ROLL
11/7/16 | Kyle Hill | 10 catches, 108 yards, 2 touchdowns at Southern Conn. St.
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

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.

HAYMAN ON THE GROUND
Joe Hayman has 147 rushes for 677 yards and eight touchdowns this year, leading the Hawks in all three categories. Hayman ranks third in the league in rushes and yards and fourth in rushing touchdowns.

MERCER STEPPING UP
Eric Mercer has surged to the top of the tackles category for the Hawks, averaging 8.4 tackles per game dating back to a season-high 12-tackle day against Stonehill on Sept. 24. Mercer currently ranks ninth in the NE-10 in tackles this season with 72 stops.

CLIMBING UP HILL
Kyle Hill currently leads the Hawks in receptions (76), yards (1,010), yards per game (101.0) and receiving touchdowns (10). In the NE-10, Hill leads the conference in receiving yards and receiving yards per game, while ranking second in touchdowns, and ranks third in receptions per game (7.6). Nationally, Hill ranks sixth in the nation in receptions per game, 16th in receiving yards, 23rd in receiving yards per game and 22nd in receiving touchdowns.

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 26-for-29 on PAT's while knocking 3-of-4 field goals through the uprights.

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.

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.

PINNING THEM DEEP
Junior punter Brendan Mulligan has recorded 51 punts for 1,591 yards so far this season, including seven punts inside the 20 yard line. Mulligan already ranks ninth all-time in career punting yards at Saint Anselm. He booted a 60-yard punt from his own three-yard line against Southern Connecticut.

HAWKS TAKEAWAYS
Saint Anselm has nine take-aways this season on six interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Six different players have intercepted a pass, including Jeremy Betts' third career INT against Southern Connecticut on Nov. 5.

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.

BACK TO RETURN
With 278 return yards this season, senior Ryan Monette became the all-time leader in kick return yardage with 2,070 yards in his career, surpassing the mark set by Keith Charles (2011-13). Monette is also the leading punt returner for Saint Anselm with 15 returns for 143 yards.

RECEIVING RECORD IN SIGHT
With 1,010 receiving yards this year, Kyle Hill is only 136 yards shy of breaking the single-season receiving yards record of 1,146 yards set by Justin Bernard in 2013.

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.

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.

GAVALAS BACK TO PASS
Senior quarterback Yianni Gavalas currently leads the Northeast-10 Conference in completions (230), passing yards (2,458) and second in passing yards per game (245.8), while ranking fourth in touchdowns (18) and fifth in completion percentage (57.2%).

ALL-PURPOSE DUO
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 2,508 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 3,065 all-purpose yards, ranking fourth all-time.

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 (756) and yards (8,118) while he is currently tied for the program record for career 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 (58) with one interception on the season. Nate Lewis is third on the team with 49 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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