Saint Anselm College Hawks A Look Back at the Top 10 Moments/Stories of 2016

A Look Back at 2016

As 2017 begins, we look back at the top moments and stories for Saint Anselm College athletics from 2016. From historic seasons, to standout individual performances, to memorable moments and individual milestones, the Hawks soared higher in 2016.

Making a top-10 list out of all the great things our 450 student-athletes did in 2016 was a challenge. We could not include everything but here are some of the major highlights from a remarkable year!

Honorable Mention

Three stories narrowly missed the top 10 but were certainly worthy of a mention:

Boyle Commissioned into Marines

Boyle (center) is joined by his teammates, head coach Mike Sciamanna and Father Benet in front of Alumni Hall (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

May's graduation ceremony was an especially memorable day for Jeff Boyle of the men's lacrosse team, as he was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant prior to commencement. At the ceremony, Boyle was pinned by his father, Colonel Greg Boyle, a retired Marine and a Saint Anselm College alumnus ('81). Story

Barney Barnum Speaks to Football

Barney Barnum ('62) addresses the football team on the turf on Aug. 18.

On Thursday, Aug. 18, retired Marine Colonel Harvey "Barney" Barnum ('62) returned to campus and spoke to the football team on the turf at Grappone Stadium about life, leadership and football. Afterwards, the team presented Col. Barnum with a game ball signed by the entire team and coaching staff. Story/Video

Football downs Merrimack on Senior Day

The 18-man senior class gathers for a photo before the game (photo courtesy Jim Stankiewicz).

The football team celebrated Senior Day in style by holding on to defeat Merrimack 28-17 on Oct. 29 for its second-straight victory. Yianni Gavalas threw for 271 yards and two TDs, while Joe Hayman carried the ball 22 times for 102 yards and two scores. Story/Video

#10 | Football routs Pace for Coach Adam's first win

Behind four total touchdowns from senior quarterback Yianni Gavalas, the Saint Anselm College football team routed Pace University 42-7 to give head coach Joe Adam his first win on the Hilltop on Saturday, Oct. 22. Story/Video

#9 | Men's lacrosse back in NE10 Championship

For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the men's lacrosse team earned a berth in the NE10 Championship after posting its first winning record since 2012. The #6-seed Hawks led #3-seed and #8-ranked Adelphi early on before the Panthers pulled away for a 13-7 win. Pregame Story | Postgame Story

#8 | Women's soccer knocks off #4 Stonehill

On Oct. 7, the women's soccer team blanked #4-ranked Stonehill 2-0 to hand the Skyhawks their first loss of the season. Freshman forward Caly Farina had a goal and an assist as the Hawks scored twice in the second half against a stingy Stonehill backline to snap the Skyhawks' 11-game unbeaten run. Story/Video

#7 | Hockey programs honored by N.H. Legends of Hockey

The Saint Anselm College men's and women's ice hockey programs were honored by the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey at their 15th annual induction ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, N.H. The Hawks became one of 12 teams honored by the Legends joining Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire at the collegiate level. Story

#6 | Women's basketball returns to NCAA Tournament for first time since 1999

The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999 as the #8 seed in the East Region. The Hawks fell 62-54 to top-seeded Bentley despite 26 points and seven assists from junior guard Candace Andrews. Pregame Story | Postgame Story

#5 | Chrisom, Andrews, Starzyk hit individual career milestones

Seniors CC Chrisom, Candace Andrews and Alex Starzyk each hit significant career milestones in 2016. Chrisom became the eighth in program history to register 1,000 career digs in a thrilling come-from-behind win at New Haven on Oct. 21. Andrews went over the 1,000-career point milestone by scoring 18 points in a two-point victory over cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University on Nov. 16. Starzyk became the sixth player in the history of the women's hockey program to tally 100 career points with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 triumph over New England Hockey Conference-rival Holy Cross on Dec. 2.

#4 | Volleyball hosts NE10 Championship match for first time in 20 years

The Saint Anselm College volleyball team made its first appearance in the NE10 Championship since 2004 and hosted its first playoff match in 20 years. The #4-seeded Hawks took the first set against #5-seeded and two-time defending champion Adelphi but the Panthers came back to down the Hawks, who matched a school record with 20 wins, on Nov. 15. Pregame Story | Postgame Story

#3 | Perkins finishes as runner-up at ITA East Regional

Junior Jess Perkins of the Saint Anselm College women's tennis team made it all the way to the championship match of the 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Regional in early October. As the #16 seed, Perkins advanced to the championship match with four wins, including victories over the #2, #3 and #6 seeds, before falling to #4-seeded Gabriela Siembab of the New York Institute of Technology. Day 1 Story | Day 2 Story

#2 | Men's basketball advances to East Regional final

In its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance overall and fourth in a row, the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team advanced to the East Regional Final. The #2-seeded Hawks opened the tournament with an 83-71 win over #7-seeded Philadelphia University behind 44 combined points from seniors Victor Joshua and Mike McCahey. McCahey then poured in 29 points as head coach Keith Dickson's squad took down #6-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas by a 77-73 margin. In the final, Saint Anselm was edged 82-76 in overtime by NE10 foe Stonehill with Harrison Taggart joining McCahey on the East Region All-Tournament Team following play.

#1 | Field hockey puts together historic season

The Saint Anselm College field hockey team put together a record-setting season that saw the Hawks finish as the national runner-up following a gut-wrenching 1-0 loss to LIU Post in the national semifinals. The appearance in the national semifinals was the first in program history and the Hawks also won a school-record 17 games. Led by NE10 and East Region Coach of the Year Carolyn King-Robitaille, Saint Anselm also won its first-ever NE10 regular season championship, picked up the first NCAA Tournament victory in program history and had three players named All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

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