Football wraps up season with loss to LIU Post

Football wraps up season with loss to LIU Post

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College football team wrapped up its 19th modern-day varsity season on Saturday with a 45-7 loss on Senior Day at Grappone Stadium.

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The Hawks wrap up their season with a 1-9 record, posting a 1-8 mark against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. LIU Post concluded the regular season with an 8-2 overall record and a 7-2 mark against league opponents.

Quarterback Eric Fairweather was his team's leading rusher, gaining 76 yards on 18 carries. Through only 20 career games, the junior ranks sixth all-time with 1,491 rushing yards, passing Joe Hayman '17 (1,489 career rushing yards) with today's performance. Through the air, Fairweather was 7-for-19 with a touchdown.

LIU Post got on the scoreboard first as Joey Tolgyesi booted a 21-yard field goal to put the visitors ahead, 3-0, with only 2:13 expired on the first quarter clock. The Hawks did well to only yield the field goal, forcing the Pioneers into three-straight incomplete passes from the three-yard line.

Former Saint Anselm quarterback Yianni Gavalas, attending LIU Post for graduate school, capped an eight-play, 79-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown throw to Malik Pierre to elevate his team to a 10-0 lead with 9:52 left in the second quarter. After a Saint Anselm three-and-out, Gavalas sprinted home with a touchdown on his next possession, growing the lead to 17-0.

With 13 seconds left in the first half, the Hawks were on the one yard line and threatening to score, but a negative rushing play and a penalty against Saint Anselm pushed the Hawks back to the LIU Post 19 yard line. A 36-yard field goal was missed, sending the Pioneers into the locker room at halftime with a 17-0 lead.

To open the third quarter, LIU Post's Nazir Streater ran back the Saint Anselm kickoff 99 yards, increasing the Pioneers lea to 24-0. After a brief Hawks drive on the next possession, a Tim Marinan six-yard rushing score grew the lead even further for LIU Post, creating a 31-0 advantage.

Fairweather would get his team on the scoreboard late in the third quarter as his 38-yard run set up a seven yard touchdown pass to Kyle Hill. A point-after make by Daniel Parisi cut into the Pioneers' lead, 31-7.

Hope for a Saint Anselm comeback was dashed to start the fourth quarter as a 16-yard pass by Gavalas to Michael Richardson put LIU Post ahead by a 38-7 margin with 14:54 left in regulation time. Gavalas and Richardson would connect once again down the stretch, this time on a one-yard pass and catch.

Hill was his team's leading receiver, hauling in two catches for 19 yards and a touchdown to give him 18 across a three-year career. He enters his senior season in second place all-time in career touchdowns, trailing Justin Bernard '15 who has 38. James Sullivan also caught two passes, racking up 13 yards.

CJ Miller equaled a career-high mark with 10 tackles, leading the Hawks. Eric Mercer capped an outstanding career for Saint Anselm with eight total tackles against LIU Post, giving him 270 for his career, the fourth-most by a Hawks player since the team's modern-day inception in 1999.

Gavalas finished with 24 completions on 38 passes, throwing for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Gavalas joined Marinan with a rushing touchdown apiece while Richardson caught two of his team's three receiving touchdowns. Jake Carlock led LIU Post with eight total tackles.

The Hawks honored its 25 graduating senior student-athletes (pictured above) prior to the ceremony and also recognized three members of the Saint Anselm Dance Team for their support of the program across the past four seasons. Saint Anselm also presented Gavalas with a commemorative ball that contains a list of his achievements in a Hawks uniform on the Hilltop.