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|The Game: Stonehill College travels to Merrimack College for the No. 3 versus No. 4 matchup as part of Northeast-10 Conference Championship Weekend. The Skyhawks look to close out their season on a winning note after dropping a 28-14 setback at first place Assumption last Saturday, while the Warriors have won four straight after a 21-14 decision at Southern Connecticut State University last weekend.
Media Info: Live video of this afternoon's game is available free of charge via merrimackathletics.tv with Greg Kadetsky calling the action. Links to the webcast, as well as live stats will also be available via stonehillskyhawks.com.
He's Honored: Senior wide receiver Gordon McLeod (Weymouth, Mass.) earned a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference's weekly honor roll on Monday. McLeod caught a career-high ten passes for a career-best 132 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-14 setback at Assumption. His seven yard touchdown catch put the Skyhawks on the scoreboard in the third quarter.
Championship Weekend History: Stonehill is 1-2 over the first three years the Northeast-10 has held its Championship Weekend, competing in the title match once in 2013. The Skyhawks posted their first Championship Weekend win with a 19-11 victory at Saint Anselm last season. Stonehill fell to American International 27-17 in the 2013 NE-10 Championship after losing to Southern Connecticut State at W.B. Mason Stadium 13-10 in 2012.
#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 the Good Works Team®.
Reading More Than the Playbook: Senior safety Anthony Masucci (East Haven, Conn.) has earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-Super Region 1 first team, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members from the region for the second straight year. Masucci, who has earned a 3.59 cumulative grade point average as a finance major at the College, is the first two-time first team Academic All-District selection and the third two-time Academic All-District honoree in program history overall, joining Kevin Bonnett '09 and Sean Donahue '08. Masucci, an NE-10 Academic All-Conference selection last season as well, was among a program-record three Academic All-District honorees last season, along with junior tight end Colin Smith (Ipswich, Mass.), who did not qualify this season due to missing games to injury. Masucci is now eligible to be selected to the Academic All-America team by CoSIDA's Academic All-America committee.
November Reign: Since head coach Robert Talley took over the program in 2007, Stonehill is 12-6 in the month of November heading into this weekend's matchup with Merrimack. The five losses are to Assumption last weekend, American International in the final game of 2007, as well as the 2013 NE-10 Championship, at Bentley to close out the 2010 season, against Southern Connecticut State in 2012 on NE-10 Championship Weekend and to Assumption at home last season.
DE-FENCE!: The Stonehill defense ranks ranks second in the NE-10 (10th nationally) for total defense (286.7 yds allowed per game), leading the NE-10 (12th nationally) for passing defense (158.0 yds/gm) and ranking fourth for rushing defense (128.7 yds/gm) and scoring defense (21.6 ppg), ranking 37th nationally for the latter. Stonehill boasted the top ranked defense in the Northeast-10 in 2014, ranking No. 6 nationally.
The Rest of the Story: Stonehill ranks fourth in the NE-10 for scoring defense, allowing just 21.6 points per game. However, of the 216 points the Skyhawks opponents have scored this season, seven came off a kickoff return, 14 off a blocked punt for a touchdown, six on a one yard run after a goal line fumble by the offense, seven on a touchdown off an interception to the Skyhawks six and seven off a fumble return for score. Opponents have scored just 154 points off offensive drives through ten games - an average of just 15.4 points per game.
Three and Out: Stonehill leads the Northeast-10 and ranks eighth nationally in Division II for first down defense, yielding just 14.5 first downs per game this season (145 total). The Skyhawks rank second in the NE-10 (26th nationally) for third down percentage defense, limiting opponents to 31.7-percent (44-for-139) conversions on third down.
Mr. 2,000: Sophomore quarterback Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pa.) became just the second quarterback in program history to surpass 2,000 passing yards in a season last weekend against Assumption. Foltz joined Logan Meyer '14 who passed for a program-record 2,266 yards in 2013 and 2,215 yards in 2012. Foltz ranks third among NE-10 leaders with 2,009 yards this season, ranking 24th nationally with 200.9 yards per game.
Magic Number: Stonehill is 6-0 this season when scoring 20-plus points, improving to 43-14 in Head Coach Robert Talley's nine seasons when hitting that point total.
Markus Moves On Up: Senior running back Colin Markus (Monroe, Conn.) has moved into third place on Stonehill's career rushing list with 2,316 yards in 37 career games played. His season-high 172 yards against Saint Anselm moved him past Mike McSharry '98 (2,102) and Mike McLucas '95 (2,160) on the Skyhawks all-time list. Markus also ranks fourth all-time for career attempts (456) and rushing touchdowns (16).
Let Them Play: Stonehill converted on an impressive 10-of-13 third down opportunities against Saint Anselm in week nine and now leads the NE-10 on third downs, converting at 43.1-percent (62-for-144) for the season.
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