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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Saint Anselm Student-Athletes Recognized

Saint Anselm Honors 182 Student-Athletes at Academic Reception

The Saint Anselm College Department of Athletics held its annual Scholar-Athlete Academic Honors Reception at the Dana Center on Monday evening and honored 182 of its student-athletes.

Taking part in the celebration were Director of Athletics, Dr. Kelly Higgins, Saint Anselm President, Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Father Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Joseph Horton, Dean of Students, Alicia Finn, Associate Registrar, Father Benet Philips, O.S.B., Associate Director of Athletics, Donna Guimont, professor and Faculty Athletic Representative Emeritus, Joe Catanese, and professor and current Faculty Athletic Representative, Montague Brown.

 Saint Anselm Honors 182 Student-Athletes at Academic ReceptionSeven new student-athletes were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Student-Athlete Honor Society. Men’s cross country junior and international relations major, Sean Curtis, men’s ice hockey junior and financial economics major, Nick Dries, women’s cross country junior and economics major, Elizabeth Duffy, women’s cross country junior and business major, Lauren Duffy, men’s soccer junior and business major, Kevin Greene, women’s cross country junior and nursing major, Christi Smith and women’s cross country junior and classics major, Merike Youngs all achieved grade point averages of 3.4 or higher to earn membership in Chi Alpha Sigma. Student-athletes become eligible for induction in their junior year.

Those eight, along with 175 others, were each recognized for either attaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, or achieving a 3.0 or higher in the Spring or Fall semesters of 2012.

ACADEMIC HONORS: View the full list of all 182 honorees on the SaintAnselmHawks.com website

Hawks Honored with Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

Saint Anselm College is one of 26 Division II schools that have been honored with the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or more.

Saint Anselm’s ASR was 90 percent, meaning it graduated all of its student-athletes from the 2002-05 cohort within six years of original enrollment.

Saint Anselm was also one of seven Northeast-10 Conference programs that were included, the most of any conference.

The Division II Academic Requirements Committee created the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success. The honor is intended to call attention to those programs and is not intended as a ranking.

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The Academic Success Rate is a measure that reflects the unique qualities of Division II. It measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletically-related financial aid. The inclusion of student-athletes who do not receive athletically-related financial aid distinguishes the ASR from Division I’s Graduation Success Rate.

The Division II Academic Success Rate captures about two-thirds more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate, which does not count incoming transfers, counts outgoing transfers as having not graduated and counts only student-athletes receiving athletically-related financial aid. The national four-year ASR average is 72 percent.

No matter what measure is used, Division II student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2005 entering class of student-athletes was 54 percent, compared to 48 percent for the general student body.