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|The Game: Stonehill College is back on the road for its lone contest away from W.B. Mason Stadium in the month of October as it visits the University of New Haven for a Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium this afternoon. The Skyhawks are looking to right the ship following back to back losses after a 14-6 setback to American International last Saturday. The Chargers have also lost their last two games following a 23-17 loss at Assumption last Friday.
Media Info: Live video of this afternoon's game is available via newhavenchargers.com with Chad Cooper calling the action. Links to the webcast as well as live stats are also available via stonehillskyhawks.com.
#VoteChiocco: Fans can vote for senior defensive lineman Nick Chiocco (Mansfield, Mass.) for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain through November 25 by going to espn.com/allstate. Fans can vote once per day per device for Chiocco, the first Stonehill football student-athlete named to the Good Works Team®. He is one of 11 out of the 22 honorees recognized from NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, Division III and NAIA out of a record 197 nominees from across all levels of college football. He was the lone Northeast-10 Conference student-athlete nominated and one of just three NCAA Division II student-athletes to earn a spot on theGood Works Team®.
Split Allegences: New Haven head coach Chris Pincince is a 1994 graduate of Boston University, but his two brothers, Tom and Jon Pincince, both graduated from Stonehill. Tom, a 1997 Stonehill graduate, was a quarterback on the football team and still ranks sixth all-time with his 2,411 career passing yards and 24 touchdown passes. Jon is a 1999 Stonehill grad.
He's Honored: Senior defensive end Eric Schneider (Ventura, Calif.) was named to the Northeast-10 Conference's weekly honor roll on Monday. He led a strong defensive performance for Stonehill despite a 14-6 setback to American International with five tackles (four solo), including a career-high 4.0 tackles for a loss of 29 yards, with a career-best 3.0 sacks for a loss of 27 with a forced fumble.
October Foliage: After a 4-0 start in September, Stonehill has dropped its first two games in an October that will hold half of the Skyhawks ten game regular season schedule. Stonehill is now 13-21 during the month of October in head coach Robert Talley's seven seasons at the helm, its lowest winning percentage (.382) month of the season in over that time frame. The Skyhawks are 20-16 in September under Talley and 12-5 in November.
Road Warriors: Stonehill has won all three road games this season, including victories over No. 11/14 Bloomsburg and LIU Post. The Skyhawks are now 23-23 in head coach Robert Talley's seven seasons at the helm.
DE-FENCE!: The Stonehill defense has picked up right where it left off in 2014 when it boasted the top defense in the Northeast-10 (#6 nationally). The Skyhawks lead the NE-10 for total defense (259.7 yds/gm) and passing defense (134.5 yds/gm), while ranking second for scoring defense (20.3 ppg) and third for rushing defense (125.2) and sacks (17). Stonehill ranks 8th nationally in Division II for total defense and passing defense, while ranking 14th for first down defense (13.8/gm), 34th for scoring defense and 43rd for rushing defense.
A Rare Point: Saturday's 14-6 loss to American International marked just Stonehill's seventh loss in 36 games under head coach Robert Talley when allowing less than 20 points. The Skyhawks last loss when allowing less than 20 came last season against Southern Connecticut State (17-14) on October 25, 2014.
The Rest of the Story: Stonehill ranks second in the NE-10 for scoring defense, allowing just 20.3 points per game. However, of the 122 points the Skyhawks opponents have scored this season, seven came off a kickoff return, seven off a blocked punt for a touchdown, six on a one yard run after a goal line fumble by the offense and seven on a touchdown off an interception to the Skyhawks six. Opponents have scored just 81 points off offensive drives through six games - an average of just 13.5 points per game.
Get Off The Field: Stonehill leads the NE-10 and ranks third nationally for third down percentage defense, limiting its first six opponents to 25-percent conversion percentage (20-for-81) on third down.
A Team Possessed: Stonehill ranks seventh nationally in Division II for time of possession, ranking second in the Northeast-10 with an average 33:40 time of possession. The Skyhawks have won the possession battle in all four wins this season, and five of six games overall, holding onto the ball for over 36 minutes in three of the six games. Stonehill had the ball for 40:31 in its week three win over Pace after it held the ball for 36:22 in their week one win at #11/14 Bloomsburg and 36-minutes flat in week two at Merrimack.
Mr. Efficiency: Sophomore quarterback Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pa.) leads the Northeast-10 and ranks 37th nationally in Division II with his 145.86 pass efficiency rating. He leads the NE-10 with his 1,364 passing yards and 16 touchdown passes (15th nationally), ranking second for completions and second with his 61.4 completion percentage (113-for-184), with six interceptions. His 16 touchdown passes rank seventh on Stonehill's all-time single season list - just 10 shy of the single-season record.
He Only Catches Touchdowns: Freshman tight end Kaleb Lutton (Middletown, Mass.) has made an immediate impact for Stonehill in his first collegiate season. He ranks fourth in the NE-10 with five touchdown catches through the first six games of his collegiate career. Lutton's five touchdowns, including a season-best three at LIU Post in week four, have come on 17 total receptions for the season. He ranks second on the Skyhawks with 274 yards on the17 receptions (16.1 yards/rec).
Off the Markus: Senior running back Colin Markus (Monroe, Conn.), who led the NE-10 in rushing in 2014, ranks fourth in the Conference for rush attempts (96), seventh for rushing yards (512) and sixth for rushing touchdowns (4), averaging 85.3 yards per game (7th).
Spread the Wealth: Sophomore quarterback Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pa.) has tossed his NE-10 leading 16 touchdown passes (15th nationally) to six different receivers so far this season. Freshman tight end Kaleb Lutton (Midddletown, Conn.) leads the Skyhawks with five touchdown receptions so far this season, while 13 different receivers have caught passes this season.
He's the Sack Man: Senior defense end Eric Schneider (Ventura, Calif.), a two-time All-Northeast-10 selection who missed last season due to injury, vaulted up to third place on Stonehill's career sacks list with his career-high 3.0 sacks against American International. His 18.5 sacks is tied for third all-time at Stonehill with George Whetstone '09, just 1.0 sacks behind Tony Pires '06 for second. Schneider leads the team with 5.5 sacks this season, ranking second in the NE-10 and 19th nationally.
Hey, You, Get Off of McLeod: Senior co-captain Gordon McLeod (Weymouth, Mass.) went over 100 career receptions in the Skyhawks week one win at No. 11/14 Bloomsburg and currently ranks fifth all-time at Stonehill with 120 career receptions and sixth with 1,648 career receiving yards, while his 14 career touchdown grabs ranks seventh all-time.
On The Mark: Senior kicker Steve Grzywacz (Manchester, N.H.) enters today's game just seven points shy of the program's career scoring record of 204 points scored by Eddie Vachon '11. Grzywacz has scored 197 points over his Stonehill career, holding the program records with 32 career field goals and 101 career PATs in 38 career games played. He surpassed the previous record of 20 made field goals set by Joe Crowley, '04, last fall and has converted 32 of 50 field goal attempts over his Stonehill career, beaking Crowley's all-time record of 39 field goal attempts as well. Grzywacz's 101 career PAT kicks broke the previous record of 87 by Pat Matthews, '95 at Merrimack in week two.
Academic Success: Stonehill College has been recognized for its academic performance with regard to graduation rate by earning a 96-percent Academic Success Rating (ASR) as released by the NCAA last year. The ASR considers the academic success rate of the institution based on the graduation rate of student-athletes while also giving credit for any student-athletes that transferred from the institution while in good academic standing. In addition to Stonehill's overall ASR of 96%, 12 of Stonehill's 16 athletic programs (cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field are combined by the NCAA) received perfect scores of 100%. Stonehill's 96% ASR ranks third among NE-10 institutions and ranks eighth overall in NCAA Division II. The football team has an ASR of 90% - signifigantly higher than the federal rate of 73%. Stonehill has earned the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award all four years of its existence for having an ASR of 90% or higher.
Making an IMPACT: The Stonehill College football team is proud to have Nick Claudio (Mattapoisett, Mass.) as a part of its program through Team IMPACT (Inspire, Motivate, Play Against Challenges, Together) for his third season. Team IMPACT is a New England based non-profit that aims at improving the quality of life for kids facing life-threatening illnesses by creating unparalleled team based support systems with area college athletic teams. Nick is the latest from Team IMPACT to join the Skyhawk family as the football team joins the men's and women's basketball, field hockey and ice hockey teams to be involved with the program. Nick, 15-years old, was diagnosed with a brain tumor on his optic nerve in July, 2010, that put so much pressure on his optic nerve that it led to losing his vision. He has remained upbeat, being quoted as saying in a recent news article, "A loss of sight is never a loss of vision, you need to be able to look forward and keep moving." After losing his vision, he has adapted to life being blind by teaching himself braille, learning to ski and graduating from his elementary school at the top of his class. In July 2012, doctors found two additional tumors, one on his auditory nerve. In an effort to save his hearing, doctors opted to treat it with chemo and radiation rather than doing surgery which carries the threat of him going deaf.
Leaders of the Pack: For the seventh-straight year, Stonehill College is partnering with Pack Network to provide live "Packcasts" of all home football and men's and women's basketball games along with other select athletic events. Fans can access the webcasts via www.stonehillskyhawks.tv. Viewers can opt to purchase single-game passes for $6.99 or purchase an "All-Access" pass for $59.99. All-Access pass members can view all Stonehill webcasts for the entire year, while also gaining access to the archives and be able to watch the webcasts at any time. Games can also be viewed on your iPad or iPhone.
Getting Social: Fans and media members of Stonehill athletics now have two 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 @SkyhawkTalk on Twitter! Stonehill football also has its own Facebook and Twitter accounts: @SCskyhawksFB.
On Deck: Stonehill returns home where it will play its next two games as it hosts rival Bentley University as part of Family Weekend at the College at 1 p.m.
April 27, 2016 Talley Steps Down as Football Coach at Stonehill
February 3, 2016 Football #NSD2016 Updates
December 29, 2015 Chiocco Heads to Allstate® Sugar Bowl® with Good Works Team®
December 18, 2015 Masucci & Gardner Receive Boston Gridiron Club Honors
December 3, 2015 Masucci Earns Academic All-America® Honors
November 23, 2015 Masucci Named “Swede” Nelson Award Recipient
November 20, 2015 Six Earn NE-10 Postseason Football Honors from Stonehill
November 14, 2015 GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Football Looks to Finish Strong at Merrimack
November 14, 2015 Football Finishes Strong at Merrimack, 17-14
November 7, 2015 Comeback Comes Up Short for Football at Assumption, 28-14
November 6, 2015 Masucci Earns CoSIDA Super Region 1 Academic All-District™ Honors
November 3, 2015 Lutton Collects Third NE-10 Rookie of the Week Award
October 31, 2015 Football Rolls to Senior Day Win Against Saint Anselm, 35-24
October 24, 2015 GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Football Hosts Bentley for Family Weekend
October 24, 2015 Defense Key as Football Bounces Back Against Bentley, 21-14
October 17, 2015 New Haven Hands Football Third Straight Defeat, 28-14
October 16, 2015 GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Football Heads to New Haven to Get Back on Track
October 10, 2015 Big Plays Spur American International Past Football, 14-6
October 3, 2015 Southern Connecticut State Turns Over Football, 28-17
September 30, 2015 Foltz Earns First New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award
September 29, 2015 Foltz & Lutton Earn NE-10 Weekly Awards
September 26, 2015 Foltz Fires Football to Comeback Win at LIU Post, 40-37
September 25, 2015 Masucci Named Campbell Trophy & National Scholar-Athlete Semifinalist
September 19, 2015 Football Runs Past Pace, 51-13
September 18, 2015 GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Football Hosts Pace for Kickoff Weekend
September 15, 2015 Chiocco Named to Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team®
September 14, 2015 Football's Comeback Combo Collects NE-10 Weekly Awards
September 11, 2015 Football Rallies Past Merrimack, 24-20
September 9, 2015 Phanor Earns New England Football Writers Division II/III Gold Helmet
September 8, 2015 Phanor Named NE-10 Defensive Player of the Week
September 5, 2015 Football Claims Historic Win at #11/14 Bloomsburg, 27-10
August 21, 2015 Stonehill Picked Fifth in NE-10 Preseason Poll
August 12, 2015 2015 Football Training Camp Schedule