New Hampshire Football Report

Hawks fall in overtime

MANCHESTER – Despite a career-high five touchdown passes from Eric Fairweather, the St. Anselm College football team fell to Stonehill College 57-54 margin in three overtimes Saturday in the Northeast-10 opener for each team.

St. Anselm’s Daniel Parisi set a school record by kicking five field goals, including two in overtime.

The Hawks also recorded 128 total tackles in the game, shattering the program’s previous high of 116, accomplished twice prior. Junior CJ Miller  and senior Zack Mercer each posted 15 total tackles in the contest.

Offensively, Saint Anselm excelled through the air, throwing for 307 total yards. Five receivers caught a touchdown in the loss, allowing the Hawks to more than double last season’s career-high in aerial yardage (136 vs. Stonehill, Sept. 23, 2017).

Saint Anselm led by 10 points, 31-21, with 7:19 to go in the third quarter before Stonehill used a Matt Haite field goal that was sandwiched between two Mike Cordova TDs. Ahead by a 38-31 score late in the fourth quarter, the Skyhawks yielded Fairweather’s fifth passing touchdown of the game before his first rushing score of the year came with 3:48 to go.

After Fairweather helped put two scores on the board for his team, Stonehill tied the game at 45 with a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Brian Kearns, Jr. He finished the day with 44 carries for 180  yards (4.1 per carry).

In overtime, the Hawks and Skyhawks traded field goals through two stanzas. Parisi made a dramatic 45-yarder that just crept inside and above the left crossbar and post that allowed the game to continue in the second set of possession changes.

A 42-yard field goal by Parisi split the uprights to open the third overtime period before Kearns, Jr. carried his team to the victory with a 3-yard, game-winning score that sent Stonehill home with the Ol’ Bronze Hawk.

The Skyhawks, who led by a 14-0 margin through the opening 15 minutes, were an efficient 50% on third down (14 for 28) and converted each of their two fourth-down opportunities.

James Lam led the Skyhawks with 199 yards through the air, throwing one touchdown to Andrew Jamiel with one interception, reeled in by Hawks junior Seamus Oeser.


Stonehill 57, Saint Anselm 54
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