Stonehill closes out its 2018 season when it hosts Assumption College for a Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Senior Night on Timothy J. Coughlin, '80 Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium tonight. The Skyhawks are looking to cap their season on a winning note after seven-straight defeats following a 34-19 setback at American International College last weekend, while the Greyhounds are looking to cap the season with back-to-back win after a 52-21 decision at Bentley University snapped a two-game skein.
SkyhawksVision coverage of tonight's game is available via portal.stretchinternet.com/stonehill. Charlie Bergeron, the voice of the Skyhawks, is in his 21st season of broadcasting the Skyhawks. Links to the webcast, as well as live stats will also be available via stonehillskyhawks.com.
Saluting Our Seniors
Tonight caps the collegiate careers of 21 Stonehill seniors who will be honored, along with their families, in a Senior Night ceremony prior to the game. This year's senior class has led the Skyhawks to 19 wins, including 15 in the NE10, with a pair of winning seasons, including a 7-4 mark their freshman year.
Student Assistant Coaches: Dan Downs '19 and Frederick Kalisz '19
Stonehill junior running back Brian Kearns, Jr. (North Arlington, N.J.) earned a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference's weekly honor roll on Monday. Kearns, Jr. rushed the ball 20 times for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Skyhawks at American International on Saturday. His two one-yard scoring runs in the second half got Stonehill back in the game and moved him within two rushing touchdowns of both the program's single-season and career records.
Junior running back Brian Kearns, Jr. (North Arlington, N.J.) rushed for two touchdowns at American International College on Saturday, moving within two rushing touchdowns of both the Stonehill single-season and career records. Kearns, Jr. has rushed for ten touchdowns for the second-straight season, trailing only Eddie Vachon's '11 single-season mark of 12 rushing touchdowns in 2010. Kearns, Jr.'s 22 career rushing touchdowns rank second all-time to Vachon's 24 career TDs.
Stonehill ranks second in the NE10 and fifth nationally in Division II for fewest penalty yards per game, giving away 34.4-yards per game on 4.2 flags per game, which also ranks second in the NE10 and eighth nationally.
Turn 'em Over
Stonehill has forced 15 turnovers through nine games, ranking second in the NE10 for takeaways. The Skyhawks lead the NE10 with their eight fumble recoveries this season, while ranking eighth in the NE10 with seven interceptions. Six different players have a fumble recovery so far, with senior defensive lineman Xavier Young (Barnegat, N.J.) sharing the NE10 lead with two. Senior Jerel Archer (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Ryan Shuts (Mount Laurel, N.J.) rank ninth in the NE10 with their two interceptions apiece.
Movin' on Up!
Junior running back Brian Kearns, Jr. (North Arlington, N.J.) ranks sixth on Stonehill's career rushing yardage list with 1,886 yards on 395 attempts in 27 career games played. He enters tonight's game with a team-high 860 rushing yards (7th in program history) on 185 attempts (6th), with a team-best ten touchdowns. Kearns, Jr. ranks second in the NE10 and 35th nationally in Division II for rushing touchdowns, second among NE10 leaders for attempts and with 95.6 yards per game (38th nationally).
Providing an Ejiofor
Senior captain John Ejiofor (Burlington Township, N.J.) made his 29th consecutive start on the Stonehill defensive line in week five, marking the longest active string of consecutive starts on the team. Ejiofor has made a team-high 32 career starts heading into the season finale.
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.