Stonehill Skyhawks Athletics

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Football and Saint Anselm Set to "Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk"

Saint Anselm Hawks
(0-3, 0-2 NE10)

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Stonehill Skyhawks
(1-2, 0-2 NE10)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
W.B. Mason Stadium
Easton, Mass.
6 p.m.

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Tailgating Information

Important Parking Notice for Saturday:
Please note that the Sally Blair Ames South Parking Lot (located behind the sports complex) will be closed to gameday parking today. Fans are asked to utilize the Library lots as well as the Holy Cross Center parking areas instead. The tailgating lots will be open as usual two hours before gametime. Thank you.

Ticket Information
$10.00 Adults
$5.00 (students & senior citizens)
12 and under are free
Stonehill students are admitted free with their HillCard

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The Game
Stonehill College looks to get back on track tonight as it hosts Saint Anselm College in the "Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk" for a Northeast-10 Conference contest on Timothy J. Coughlin (COG-lin) '80 Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium tonight. The Skyhawks have dropped their first two NE10 games after a season-opening win at Bloomsburg, while the Hawks seek their first win of the season..

Media Info
SkyhawksVision coverage of tonight's game is available via www.stonehillskyhawks.tv. Charlie Bergeron, the voice of the Skyhawks, returns for his 20th season of broadcasting the Skyhawks. Links to the webcast, as well as live stats will also be available via stonehillskyhawks.com.

Happy Anniversary
Stonehill welcomes back all of its football alumni for its annual Alumni Game tonight, but the College we hold a special recognition for the program's varsity alums as the 2017 season marks the 30th varsity season for the program. Stonehill shifted its club football program to varsity status in 1988 and joining us as honorary captain for the opening coin toss tonight is Jack Driscoll '89, one of the team captains from 1988.

Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk
Stonehill holds a 12-0 all-time record in the "Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk" entering Saturday night's battle. The "Ol' Bronze Hawk" is given to the winner of the annual football matchup between the Skyhawks and Hawks and was unveiled in 2006. Stonehill has held possession of the valued hardware each of the 11 years so far, outscoring Saint Anselm 431-207 in that time. Stonehill has won 13-straight meetings overall between the two and is now 14-5 all-time against the Hawks.

Did I Do That?
Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Tropical Depression/Rain Storm Jose left its mark on the "Ol' Bronze Hawk" on Thursday when a gust of wind sent the Hawk flying off a table on the track at W.B. Mason Stadium, breaking off both wings and nearly breaking the entire Hawk off the pedestal. Huge thanks to Stonehill's lead athletics groundskeeper Gus DiMestico for coming to the rescue and patching the "Ol' Bronze Hawk" up for the game tonight. It's not the first knock the Hawk has suffered in its 13-year history as one of its wings was clipped while being loaded into the Skyhawks equipment van after Stonehill's 35-0 win in Manchester in 2008.

He's Honored
Sophomore running back Brian Kearns, Jr. (North Arlington, N.J.) earned a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference's weekly honor roll on Monday. He rushed for both Stonehill touchdowns at LIU Post on Saturday, finishing with 88 yards on 16 carries (5.5 yds/att). Kearns, Jr. rolled to a 49-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to pull the Skyhawks within 13-8 and then added two-yard plunge to give the visitors a 16-13 lead later in the quarter after trailing 13-0 early.

Saturday Night Fever
Since W.B. Mason Stadium opened in 2005, night football has been a regular occurance for Stonehill, adding a new wrinkle with Saturday night games starting in 2012. The Skyhawks are 10-14 all-time under the W.B. Mason Stadium lights, including a 6-4 clip on Saturday nights.

Movin' On Up!
Sophomore flanker Andrew Jamiel (Yarmouth, Mass.) cracked the top ten and moved into ninth place on the program's career receiving yardage list at LIU Post last weekend. He enters tonight's game with 1,161 receiving yards in 13 career games - just three yards shy of Dan Smith '90 for eighth all-time. Jamiel surpassed 1,000 career yards receiving with his 125 yards against Southern Connecticut State in week two.

Big Hitter
Sophomore Matthew Haite (Kington, Mass.) leads the Skyhawks and ranks second among NE10 kickers in scoring with 22 points, having converted all five field goal attempts this season. He delivered a career-long 49-yarder against Southern Connecticut State in week two, the longest field goal in the NE10 this season. The kick gives him four field goals of 40-yards or more for his career, including two this season, converting 4-of-6 career attempts over 40 yards. Haite is also averaging 61.9 yards per kickoff attempt this year, with six touchbacks, to help the Skyhawks control field position.

Touchdown Totals
Senior quarterback Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pa.) enters this weekend's game just one rushing touchdown shy of cracking the program's career top-ten list, having carried for 12 career touchdowns, to go along with his 44 career touchdown passes, which ranks third all-time. Sophomore Andrew Jamiel (Yarmouth, Mass.) and junior tight end Kaleb Lutton (Middletown, Conn.) both have nine career touchdown receptions, which is one shy of the program's career top ten in that category.

Bona-Fide
Senior safety Nick Bona (Peabody, Mass.) enters Saturday night's game with 188 career tackles (105) solo as he looks to become just the 19th student-athlete in program history to reach 200 career tackles. Bona ranks third among NE10 leaders with his 24 solo tackles this season, along with teammate Billy Wingo (Gwynn Oak, Md.). Bona's two pass breakups is tied for tenth in the league.

Hall of Fame
Stonehill's 1970 club football team will be honored for its contributions to the program as its founding members when it is inducted to the Stonehill Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, November 3.

Preseason Prognostications
Stonehill has been picked to finish sixth in the Northeast-10 according to the Conference's preseason coaches poll released last month. The NE10's d2football.com blogger Paul Falewicz has a much more high presaeson opinion of the Skyhawks by picking them third in his preseason NE10 poll.

Aye, Aye Captains
Seniors Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pa.) and Nick Bona (Peabody, Mass.), as well as junior John Ejiofor (Burlington Township, N.J.) have been selected to serve as team captains for the 2017 season. Foltz returns as captain for the second straight year, while Bona and Ejiofor were also elected by their teammates and coaching staff. It marks the second straight year the Skyhawks have had a junior captain after Foltz was the first since 1999 to do so a year ago.

Getting Social
Fans and media members of Stonehill athletics now have three social media outlets to get updates on all 20 varsity programs. The department's Facebook page is www.facebook.com/stonehillskyhawks, and you can also follow @GoStonehill on Twitter and "StonehillSkyhawks" on Instagram. Stonehill football also has its own Facebook and Twitter accounts: @StonehillFB.

On Deck
Stonehill is back on the road next Saturday, September 16, when it visits defending NE10 Champions LIU Post for another early season test in Brookville, N.Y., at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks return home the following Saturday, September 23, to host Saint Anselm College in the "Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk" at W.B. Mason Stadium at 6 p.m. The College will honor its 30th season of varsity football with its annual football Alumni Game.