Brandon Twitty - Basketball

Week Ending December 10, 2017

Ace has named sophomore guard Brandon Twitty (Randolph, Massachusetts/Catholic Memorial) from the men's basketball program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Twitty led the Skyhawks to a pair of road wins, including a 107-98 triumph over nationally-ranked and previously unbeaten Southern N.H., averaging 27.5 points on 59.4-percent shooting (19-for-32), including 10-for-15 (66.7%) from three-point distance. He also added 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while connecting on 7-of-9 (77.8%) free-throws in the 2-0 week. Twitty drained half of Stonehill's three-point field goals on his way to the first 30-point game of his career in Tuesday's 76-65 win at Assumption, scoring a game-high 32 points on 10-of-29 shooting from the field, including 8-for-12 from beyond the arc, converting all four of his free-throws, while collecting four rebounds. He netted 20-plus points for the second-straight game and third time over four contests in Saturday's win at #14/18 Southern N.H., with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 2-for-3 from three-point distance, with three boards and two assists. Twitty earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the first time in his career.

Week Ending December 3, 2017

Ace has named sophomore forward Conor Cassidy (Wilmington, Delaware/Canterbury and Kents Hill) from the ice hockey program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Cassidy totaled four points with three goals and an assist in a 1-1 week for the Skyhawks, finishing +3 over the two games. He opened the week with two goals and an assist for three points in Stonehill's 4-1 win over Post University. Cassidy added a goal in the Skyhawks setback to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday. Cassidy earns Ace's Athlete of the Weekl for the first time this season (second career).

Week Ending November 26, 2017

Ace has named freshman guard Owen de Graaf (Beamsville, Ontario/Choate Rosemary Hall) from the men's basketball program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. de Graaf buried all five of his shots from the field, all from three-point range, for a season-high 15 points to lift the Skyhawks to a 75-73 triumph over #19/22 St. Thomas Aquinas on Sunday. He averaged 11 points, 3.5 rebounds and a blocked shot in 12 minutes per game in a 1-1 week for Stonehill, shooting 8-for-10 from the floor, including 6-for-8 from three-point distance. de Graaf also chipped in with four rebounds and two blocked shots in the win over the defending regional champions, in 15 minutes off the bench. He added seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, and three boards in nine minutes against St. Anselm on Tuesday. de Graaf earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the first time.

Week Ending November 19, 2017

Ace has named freshman forward Logan Stark (Newton, Massachusetts/Walpole Express) from the ice hockey program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Stark netted three goals in a 2-1 week for the Skyhawks in NE10 play, including a power play goal. He netted both Stonehill goals in Friday night's series opener at Franklin Pierce, marking the first two goals of his collegiate career. Stark added his third of the weekend series with the Ravens in Saturday night's 5-3 win, giving the Skyhawks a 2-0 first period lead. Stark collects Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the first time in his career.

Week Ending November 12, 2017

Ace has named senior quarterbacck Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pennsylvania/The Hill School) from the football program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Foltz engineered a Skyhawks offense which compiled 426 total yards in his final collegiate game with Saturday's 38-27 win over AIC as he completed 29-of-40 passes (72.5%) for 278 yards and a touchdown, without an interception, while adding a second touchdown on the ground. His 14th career TD rush opened the scoring on the first possession of the game, and his seven-yard touchdown pass sent Stonehill into halfime with a 24-14 lead after carrying the Skyhawks 65-yards in just four plays and 33-seconds, following an interception in the end zone by the defense. Foltz earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season (fifth career).

Week Ending November 5, 2017

Ace has named sophomore wide receiver Andrew Jamiel (Yarmouth, Massachusetts/Dennis-Yarmouth) from the football program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Jamiel broke one NE10 receiving record and matched another in leading the Skyhawks to a 56-30 triumph over Pace on Saturday. He totaled an NE10 record 294 receiving yards and NE10 record matching five touchdowns, while matching his own school record with 18 receptions in the win, matching the NCAA Division II season high for receiving TDs and posting the second-highest receptions and yardage totals in the Division this year. Jamiel finished the first half with 180 yards and four touchdowns on 11 receptions, including 126 yards on seven catches and two scores in the first quarter alone. He took a short pass across the middle on the first play from scrimmage of the game and raced 67-yards for a touchdown just 19-seconds into the game. Jamiel added a five yard touchdown catch at the end of Stonehill's second possession of the game and then followed with a pair of 18-yard touchdown catches in the second quarter, before rounding out his five TD day with a 14-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Jamiel, also named the NE10 Offensive Player of the Week, the New England Football Writers Division II/III Gold Helmet recipient and D2Football.com Offensive Player of the Week, collects Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season (third career)

Week Ending October 29, 2017

Ace has named senior forward Adam Branco (Naugatuck, Connecticut/Naugatuck) from the men's soccer program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Branco totaled a goal and assist for three points in a 1-1 week for the Skyhawks. He scored the opening goal of Stonehill's 3-2 win over Assumption on Tuesday, and then followed that up with an assist in the Skyhawks goal at Franklin Pierce on Friday night. Branco earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for second time this year (third career). 

Week Ending October 22, 2017

Ace has named sophomore running back Brian Kearns, Jr. (North Arlington, New Jersey/Saint Joseph Regional) from the football program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Kearns, Jr. led the Skyhawks back from an 18-point third quarter deficit with a career-high 34 carries for a career-best 243 yards (7.1 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns in Saturday night's 41-35 overtime triumph over rival Bentley. His yardage total is a new high for a Stonehill player at W.B. Mason Stadium and finished just seven yards shy of the program's single-game record overall. It marks the Skyhawks first 200-yard rushing game since 2013 and he compiled 99 yards on 13 carries in the third quarter alone as the team fell behind 28-10, but entered the fourth quarter tied 28-28 as he reeled off a 44-yard touchdown run as well as a two-yard scoring plunge. His 61-yard run on third and 21 in the first quarter set up an early field goal. Kearns, Jr., also caught 3 passes for 24 yards to finish with a career-high 267 all-purpose yards. Kearns, Jr., who also earned the New England Football Writers Division II/III Gold Helmet Award for his efforts, collects Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the first time in his career.

Week Ending October 15, 2017

Ace has named junior defensive lineman John Ejiofor (Burlington Township, New Jersey/Burlington Township) from the football program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Ejiofor led a solid defensive effort at New Haven on Saturday with a team-high seven tackles (two solo), including 1.5 tackles for a loss of 13 yards, with a sack and forced fumble. The Skyhawks defense held New Haven to 127 rushing yards and 1-for-9 on third down. Ejiofor earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the first time in his career. 

Week Ending October 8, 2017

Ace has named senior Jimmy Murphy (Mansfield, Massachusetts/Mansfield) from the nationally-ranked men's cross country program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Murphy led the Skyhawks to their first New England Championship in program history with a fifth place individual finish at the Championship at Franklin Park in Boston on Saturday. He completed the eight-kilometer course in 25:29 to earn All-New England honors in cross country for the first time in his career, and second time in his career overall. Murphy earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the first time in his career for his efforts.

Week Ending October 1, 2017

Ace has named senior Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pennsylvania/The Hill School) from the football program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Foltz engineered a Skyhawks offense that compiled 363 total yards in Saturday night’s 45-21 win at Merrimack by completing 19-of-26 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception or sack. He becomes just the second quarterback in program history to surpass 6,000 career-passing yards, finishing the night with 6,074 yards, while moving within three completions of the program's career record of 545 and tossing his 50th career touchdown pass. Foltz completed touchdown passes of 13, 16 and 27 yards as the Skyhawks scored 24 unanswered points to close out the win after the teams were tied at 21-21 five minutes into the second quarter. Foltz earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season (fourth career).

Week Ending September 24, 2017

Ace has named sophomore Andrew Jamiel (Yarmouth, Massachusetts/Dennis-Yarmouth) from the football program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Jamiel scored three touchdowns to lead the Skyhawks to a 28-14 triumph over Saint Anselm in the 13th annual "Battle for the Ol' Bronze Hawk" on Saturday night. He caught eight passes for a season-high 164 yards and a career-best three touchdowns, averaging 20.5 yards per reception for the night. He opened the game with a 55-yard shoestring catch and run for a touchdown on the opening possession of the game to stake Stonehill to a lead just 84-seconds into the game. He added an 11-yard touchdown catch midway through the second quarter to give the Skyhawks a 21-7 halftime lead and then added an impressive 26-yard touchdown over a defender on the right side of the end zone with 3:29 remaining that sealed the team's 14th straight win over the Hawks. Jamiel earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the second time in his career.

Week Ending September 17, 2017

Ace has named junior Riley Dowd (Peabody, Massachusetts/Peabody Veterans Memorial) from the regionally-ranked men's cross country program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Dowd led the Skyhawks to the team title at Saturday's Kutztown Division II/III Challenge by winning the individual crown by completing the 8-kilometer course in 26:28. He led a sweep of the top two spots at the meet as the Skyhawks also placed four runners in the top eight. Dowd earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the second time in his career.

Week Ending September 10, 2017

Ace has named senior forward Adam Branco (Naugatuck, Connecticut/Naugatuck) from the men's soccer program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Branco totaled two goals and two assists for six points in a 2-1 week for the Skyhawks. He had a hand in both Stonehill goals with a goal and assist in a 2-1 victory over Mercy to conclude the week. Branco potted a goal in Thursday's 2-1 triumph over Roberts Wesleyan and also dished an assist in Monday's setback to Daemen. Branco earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the second time in his career. 

Week Ending September 3, 2017

Ace has named senior quarterback Matt Foltz (Mount Joy, Pennsylvania/The Hill School) from the football program as the Champions Choice Stonehill Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Foltz led Stonehill to a 44-28 victory at Bloomsburg University on Saturday, engineering an offense that compiled 439 yards of total offense for the afternoon. He completed 22-of-35 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns, adding a fourth touchdown on the ground, as the Skyhawks jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Foltz opened the game with a 63-yard touchdown pass on third and eight on the opening drive of the game, before adding a 15-yard touchdown toss on the Skyhawks next possession. Foltz was 12-for-18 through the air for 174 yards and the two touchdowns in the first quarter alone as Stonehill took a 17-7 lead on its way to a 20-7 halftime advantage. The NE10's Offensive Player of the Week earns Ace's Athlete of the Week honors for the third time in his career.