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The Game: Stonehill College returns to New York for the second straight weekend as it visits Pace University for a Northeast-10 Conference football matchup at Ann M. Dorner Middle School in Ossining, N.Y., this afternoon. The Skyhawks are looking to shake off back to back losses on the final possession of the game after a 28-25 setback at LIU Post last weekend, while the Setters seek their first win of the season following a 52-0 defeat at Assumption last Friday night.
Against the Setters: This afternoon marks the 20th meeting all-time between these two programs. Stonehill holds a 10-9 edge in the all-time series by way of three-straight wins over Pace, including a 42-14 victory at W.B. Mason Stadium last November. The Skyhawks have won six of seven in the series overall against the Setters who carry a 34-game losing streak into this afternoon's game dating back to a 23-20 overtime victory against Stonehill in Pleasantville, N.Y., in a non-conference matchup in 2011. The Skyhawks posted a 43-7 triumph over Pace in their last visit to Westchester Country in 2012. The Setters have lost 38-straight NE-10 games dating back to a 20-9 victory over American International in 2009. Stonehill is 3-7 all-time against Pace on the road. Head Coach Robert Talley is 7-2 in his career against the Setters.
They're Honored: Stonehill senior wide receiver Nate Robitaille (Attleboro, Mass.) and sophomore linebacker Ryan Doherty (Methuen, Mass.) have both been named to the Northeast-10 Conference's weekly honor roll on Monday. Robitaille led the Skyhawks with a season-high 201 all-purpose yards with nine receptions for a season-best 127 yards and a touchdown, two kickoff returns for 34 yards and four punt returns for 40 yards at LIU Post on Saturday. Doherty made a career-high 13 tackles (six solo) against the Pioneers.
Record Grab: Stonehill senior wide receiver Nate Robitaille (Attleboro, Mass.) collected his program-record 23rd career touchdown reception at LIU Post last weekend, breaking the previous record of 22 set by Dan Cahill, '96. Robitaille now has 24 career total touchdowns, which is tied for third all-time with Cahill behind only Rob Olivar, '04 (26) and Eddie Vachon, '11 (34) on the program's all-time list.
2,000 Yard Club: Stonehill senior wide receiver Nate Robitaille (Attleboro, Mass.) caught five passes for 43 yards against New Haven lin week five to become just the third player in program history with 2,000 career receiving yards. He enters this weekend with 2,154 yards, joining Dan Cahill, '96 (2,245) and former teammate John Gomes, '13 (2,442).
Movin' On Up: Members of the Stonehill football team climbing the career record lists at Stonehill include:
• Colin Markus (Monroe, Conn.): 7th on career rushing list with 1,506 yards (63 shy of Rob Olivar for 6th all-time)
• Nate Robitaille (Attleboro, Mass.): 3rd on career receiving list with 2,154 yards (91 shy of Dan Cahill for 2nd); Tied for 3rd for total touchdowns scored with 24 (two shy of Rob Olivar for 2nd); 9th for career all-purpose yards with 2,809 yards (116 yards shy of Tyrone Jefferson and Mike McLucas for 7th)
• Gordon McLeod (Weymouth, Mass.): 7th on career receiving list with 1,260 yards (3 shy of Matt Rainone for 6th); 10th for career receiving touchdowns with 10 (one shy of Glen Lidstrom for 7th).
• Brian Harrington (Rockland, Mass.): 232 career tackles (5 shy of cracking the program's career top ten behind Mike Debye (237).
Handy Ryan: Senior Ryan Handy (Howell, N.J.), a first team All-Northeast-10 selection last season, ranks second nationally with his Northeast-10 leading 45.2 yard punting average. He ranks fourth in the Conference with 11 punts inside the opponents 20 yard line, while his career-long 71 yard punt at American International in week three is tops in the NE-10 this season. His 40.6 career average is on pace to break Joe Crowley's, '04, record of 37.84 from 2000-03 after setting a new single-season program record with his 40.7 average last fall, which he is on pace to surpass again this fall. Stonehill ranks ninth nationally for net punting at 38.3 yards per punt.
On Deck: Stonehill returns home next weekend when it hosts Southern Connecticut State University on Hall of Fame Weekend at the College with kickoff at W.B. Mason Stadium scheduled for 1 p.m.