Stonehill opens the second half of its season when it hosts Merrimack College for a Northeast-10 Conference battle on the Skyhawks Purple & White Game at Timothy J. Coughlin (COG-lin) '80 Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium tonight. The Skyhawks are looking to come out of a tough bye week and snap a run of three-straight losses heading into the bye, while the Warriors have dropped two-straight after a 37-20 setback to LIU Post two weeks ago.
SkyhawksVision coverage of tonight's game is available via portal.stretchinternet.com/stonehill. Charlie Bergeron, the voice of the Skyhawks, returns for his 21st season of broadcasting the Skyhawks. Links to the webcast, as well as live stats will also be available via stonehillskyhawks.com.
Junior wide receiver Andrew Jamiel (Yarmouth, Mass.) earned a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference's weekly honor roll for the second-straight week on Monday, October 1 for his efforts in the Skyhawks matchup with Pace in week five. Jamiel registered season-highs of ten receptions and 145 yards, while scoring a touchdown in the September 29 setback. It marks his tenth career double-figure reception game gives him 205 for his career, breaking Stonehill's career-mark of 196 catches by Nate Robitaille '15. His touchdown pulled Stonehill within a score early in the second half after it had trailed 23-3 late in the first half before taking a lead later in the quarter.
Saturday Night Fever
Since W.B. Mason Stadium opened in 2005, night football has been a regular occurance for Stonehill, adding a new wrinkle with Saturday night games starting in 2012. The Skyhawks are 13-16 all-time under the W.B. Mason Stadium lights, including a 9-5 clip on Saturday nights after week three against LIU Post.
Quote a Catch
Junior Andrew Jamiel (Yarmouth, Mass.) surpassed Nate Robitaille's '15 program record for career receptions (196) with his season-high ten catches at Pace two weeks ago. Jamiel enters tonight's game with 206 career receptions in 24 career games, leading the Skyhawks with 33 receptions for 398 yards and three touchdowns. He ranks fourth among NE10 leaders for receptions and receiving yards per game. Jamiel, who has two of the top three receiving seasons in program history, including a program-record matching 91 catches as a freshman - which fell just two shy of the NCAA II freshman record, has also posted the top three receiving games in program history. He caught a program-record 18 passes in wins over New Haven (2016) and Pace (2017). The latter of which he finished with a program-record 294 yards and five touchdowns.
Run this Way
Freshman Justin Felder (Hollis, N.Y.) has impressed in the early going of his collegiate career. He has rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown on 36 attempts through his first three games since debuting against LIU Post in week three. He is averaging 5.6 yards a carry and 66.7 yards per game. He posted a season-high 18 carries for a team and season-best 98 yards at Southern Connecticut State in week four and then scored the first two touchdowns of his career (1 rush, 1 receiving) at Pace two weeks ago.
End Zone Crew
Juniors Andrew Jamiel (Yarmouth, Mass.) and Brian Kearns, Jr. (North Arlington, N.J.) both scored touchdowns at Pace two weeks ago and continue to move up Stonehill scoring charts. Jamiel moved into second all-time in program history with his 23 career touchdown receptions - just two shy of Nate Robitaille '15's career record of 25. Kearns, Jr. scored his 17th career rushing touchdown to move into third all-time - one behind Anthony McSharry '99 for second place and seven shy of Eddie Vachon '11's career mark of 24 rushing touchdowns.
Stonehill leads the NE10 and ranks fifth nationally in Division II for fewest penalty yards per game, giving away 34.4-yards per game on 4.6 flags per game, which ranks third in the NE10 and 11th nationally.
Movin' On Up
Junior running back Brian Kearns, Jr. (North Arlington, N.J.) moved into eighth place on Stonehill's career rushing yardage list with 1,378 yards on 305 attempts in 23 career games played. He enters tonight's game with a team-high 352 rushing yards on 95 attempts, with a team-best five touchdowns. Kearns, Jr. ranks sixth among NE10 rushing leaders and second for rushing touchdowns and attempts
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.
BENTLEY WEEK. Stonehill is on the road next Saturday, October 20, when it visits rival Bentley University at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks return to W.B. Mason Stadium the following week, Saturday, October 27, to host the University of New Haven for its Alumni Game at 1 p.m.