November 10, 2014
Sophomore QB Yianni Gavalas accounted for four touchdowns, including a 48-yard pass to senior WR Brandon Gomes as time expired to lift the Saint Anselm College football team to Saturday afternoon's improbable 37-34 victory against the University of New Haven at DellaCamera Stadium. The win snapped a four-game skid for the Hawks, as they improved to 6-4 on the season and 5-4 in Northeast-10 play.
Saint Anselm matches the program record for wins in a season, which was set back in 2000. That 2000 campaign was also the last time the Hawks produced a winning record, which they are now assured of this season. It was the Hawks' first win against New Haven since a similar shocking road victory Nov. 6, 2010 (35-26). The Chargers, who lose to Saint Anselm for just the second time in six lifetime meetings, see their six-game winning streak snapped as they drop to 6-4, 6-3 NE-10.
The win, coupled with Assumption College's triumph over Stonehill College, earns Saint Anselm the No. 5 seed for Northeast-10 Championship Weekend and a home game against Stonehill on Nov. 15 at noon.
"It's huge to have a home game [next weekend]," head coach Patrick Murphy said, "especially since we only had four home games all year. We can play in front of our fans again and have a chance to finish with a winning record at home. Good teams have winning records at home. We have the winning record on the road and now we need to go get it at home."
Saint Anselm trailed, 21-7, at halftime, and used a 30-13 margin in the second half to pull off the stunning triumph. The Hawks racked up the ninth highest mark in program history with 549 yards of total offense - the most in over a month since they put up 601 at Merrimack on Oct. 4. In addition to the 439 passing yards, the Hawks ran for 110, marking the 11th time in the last 14 games they have cracked the century mark.
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"Our kids kept grinding and fighting and batting through adversity and kept believing," Murphy said. "We are always going to fight and compete and get after it. When we show up and play with emotion and don't let emotion play with us, we're one of the best teams in the league. We did that today."
The No. 5 Hawks wrap up their season Saturday, Nov. 15 at noon when they play host to No. 6 Stonehill in a rematch of their Nov. 1 meeting at Grappone Stadium.