Hawks Beat SNHU in Nationally Televised Basketball Game

Saint Anselm beats SNHU in nationally televised basketball game

It was a great day to be a Hawk today as the Saint Anselm men’s basketball team beat cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University 83-75 in front of 1,000 fans in Saint Anselm College's Stoutenburgh Gymnasium and a national television audience.

Saint Anselm College beat SNHU in nationally televised basketball gameThe game, aired live on CBS Sports Network, was Hawks’ coach Keith Dickson’s 525th win and helped the team improve to a 14-6 season, winning seven of their last nine games.

It was a game to remember played in front of a sold-out crowd including more than 450 Saint Anselm students as well as Saint Anselm trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, monks, and friends of the college.

Led into the stands by the college’s Hawk mascot, students were decked in super fan t-shirts and face paint and kept the gym rowdy. Senior, psychology major and volleyball player Vivian Fitzgerald joined by fellow senior, politics major Guy Sergei kept the crowd energized with cheers and chants.

“It was a great game,” said Fitzgerald. “The energy in the gym was contagious and the boys brought their A-game.”

Saint Anselm athletic director Jo-Ann Nester was ecstatic about the high attendance and number of student-athletes involved including the entire field hockey team who assisted with ticketing and refreshments.

Alumnus Dave Cuzzi, class of 1996, was only one of more than 300 alumni who attended the game to support his alma mater.

“It was a lot of fun to see the game and all the students and their school spirit,” said Cuzzi.

The game also brought together friends from the classes of 1969, 1968 and 1962 as well as some Saint Anselm basketball greats who returned to campus for the special game.

Even Arthur Cummings from the class of 1953 returned to get in on the action. Particularly though, Cummings wanted to see senior point guard Dino Mallios play. Cummings has known the Mallios family for years, having taught Mrs. Elaine Mallios, Dino’s mother, in high school. The former teacher and principal of Winthrop High School in Winthrop, Mass., has recommended Saint Anselm to many a high school-er through the years.

“He’s a legend in the community,” said Mrs. Mallios.

In addition, alumni and Anselmians all over the country rooted for their Hawks from watch parties in Boston, Hartford, Long Island, and Manchester.

The Hawks return to action at home on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Franklin Pierce University at Stoutenburgh.

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Winter Sports Preview: Hockey and Hoops

With the fall sports season concluding, the Hawks winter student-athletes are launching into their seasons. Men's and women's basketball and hockey have been on the ice and hardwood for several weeks, while the ski team undertakes a rigorous dry-land training regimen awaiting snow-covered slopes.

Below, we have excerpted highlights from the winter sports preview stories, published by Saint Anselm Athletics. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and through Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).

Men's Hockey

Experience is Key Word for 2012-13 Men's Ice Hockey Squad

The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team will look to make a run at its fourth straight Northeast-10 Conference title this season. At the close of the 2011-12 season, the Hawks posted a 14-8-5 overall record alongside a 7-8-3 ECAC Men's East record, en route to the team's seventh NE-10 championship title in program history.

This season, the roster features just three freshmen, nine sophomores, eight juniors, as well as eight seniors. With the loss of just one player to graduation – Ryan Holley – the Hawks are returning much of the depth from last season that they are familiar with.

"Our main focus this season will be capturing the Northeast-10 title. We want to take care of business in the NE-10, along with making a statement in the ECAC East and finishing in the top three."

Hawk s assistant coach Mike Curtis, a 2007 graduate of Saint Anselm, who enters his fifth season as the top assistant of head coach Ed Seney, outlined several of the team's goals entering the season.

"Only graduating one player, we are left with a veteran squad," explained Curtis. "We've got eight seniors with a lot of experience under their belt – winning three NE-10 Championships, coupled with strong leadership capabilities."

Saint Anselm also skates within the challenging ECAC Men's East, in addition to the always unpredictable Northeast-10 Conference, and strong records in both sets of standings are a priority for this year's squad as it hopes to make a run at its fourth straight NE-10 Championship title.

Women's Hockey

Last season, the Hawks won their fourth ECAC Women's Open Championship in program history, posting a 7-3 victory over the No. 1-ranked Crusaders of the College of the Holy Cross. It was the first ECAC Women's Championship under the reign of current Head Coach Kerstin Matthews. Cumulatively on the season, the Hawks posted a 20-6-1 overall record and a 12-5-1 record within the ECAC Women's East. Matthews is looking forward to this season, her fifth as the bench boss of the Hawks women's ice hockey team.

"I can definitely see a lot of hard work and lots of eagerness going through the systems of our team" explained Matthews. "With nine freshmen, we're definitely a young team, but we are excited to implement some new strategies and tactics. We also have a talented core-group of upper classmen to counter the youth of our team."

With the loss of goaltender Amy Zappen to graduation, the Hawks will have to look for a new net minder to fit between the pipes. Last season, as captain, Zappen clocked 1443:07 of play with a .911 save percentage.

"This season we have two candidates contending for the top spot, who will really have to prove themselves," explained Matthews. "I am excited to see what these two players do when they are given the opportunity to step-up in big situations this year."

Women's Basketball

Defensive-Minded Women’s Basketball Looking for Balance in 2012-13

Fourth-year head coach DeAnn Craft would like to be preparing for the Northeast-10 Championship and making a run at a title in early March, but here in early November, Craft has a squad that is nearly 50 percent unknown.

With eight returners and seven newcomers making up the roster, the newest edition of the Hawks are a blend of experience and fresh, new energy learning how to translate their games at the collegiate level. Luckily for Craft and her staff, the experienced group possesses enough talent, leadership and determination for the Hawks to be competitive while their new pieces get acclimated to both college life and the game of basketball at this revved up pace.

"One of our keys will be to continue the tradition that we began three seasons ago with a dogged desire to play harder and with an Anselmian spirit on every possession."

While both talent and leadership are must-haves when playing in the highly-competitive Northeast-10, it is the determination factor that could carry the Hawks furthest of all. It's not every year – and certainly not each day, each practice, each game – that you can make a team buy into a defense-first mentality. Craft, however, has done just that since arriving on the Hilltop three-plus years ago. The commitment to defense is part of the DNA of those eight returners and soon will be, as well – if not already – for the seven newcomers.

For Saint Anselm to be successful this season, it must continue to be more determined than its opponent on the defensive end. That was not a problem a year ago when the Hawks led the conference and ranked sixth in the nation, giving up just 52.8 points per game.

Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball Determined to Bounce Back in 2012-13

After going 12-14 a year ago, including 10-12 in Northeast-10 play to finish 10th in the conference, the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team and 27th-year head coach Keith Dickson would like to put the uncharacteristic season out of their memory. There would be no better way to do that than by earning their 30th Northeast-10 Championship berth and making a run at their eighth title.

Two wins in the first two games of the season doesn't hurt either. The Hawks earned a 101-84 victory against Concordia (N.Y.) College before posting a 77-51 win over Mercy College to capture both of their games at the Saint Rose Tip-Off Tournament.

"All in all, we were pleased with the way that we performed over the weekend," Dickson said. "We faced two teams that were totally different than us and the contrast in styles will be good for us going forward. We are breaking in some new players in the frontcourt and were quite pleased with the way our group of forwards played on both ends of the court."

Dickson welcomes back eight members of last season's squad and adds five newcomers to fill out his roster. With four of the top six scorers returning, the Hawks should be able to score the basketball and will look to improve on the defensive end.

"We were just so disappointed in our play last season that we are concentrating on putting a team on the court that will play basketball the right way," Dickson said. "If we play the way our Saint Anselm teams have played over the last 25 years, then this team will be pretty good. Where we end up in the league will play itself out in the end – we are just worried about making ourselves a quality basketball team by the end of the year."

The Hawks will be led on and off the court this season by co-captains James Morse (Arundel, Maine) and Dino Mallios (Winthrop, Mass.). Both guards have helped solidify a backcourt that started last season as somewhat of a question mark, but ended the year as the team's biggest strength.

"They are both solid and dependable basketball players and really the key to our perimeter defensive play," Dickson said. "We could use a little more production offensively from at least one of them to help balance our scoring distribution out a little bit, but they obviously will both be an important part of our overall group."

Editor's note: The ski team season preview is published later in the season. Follow men's and women's skiing via www.saintanselmhawks.com