Stonehill College hosts the University of Buffalo tonight in the Skyhawks’ first home game of their NCAA Division I era at Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium. The Skyhawks are looking for some home cooking to earn a first Division I win after opening the season with setbacks at Lehigh and Providence last week. Buffalo is also looking for his first win and has a week off since dropping a 57-55 decision at Canisius College in last Monday’s season opener.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on SkyhawksVision on the NEC Front Row. Charlie Bergeron (PBP) and Brian Buckley (Analysts) have the call to action for tonight. The show can be accessed via stonehillskyhawks.com via the NEC Front Row portal (necfrontrow.com/schools/SC) or via Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku via the NEC On the Run app. Radio coverage in Buffalo provided by ESPN 1520 AM with Jack Kreuzer calling the action.
The hall is calling
Stonehill Alum Alisha Collins ’07 was honored with induction into the Stonehill Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. Collins, the 2006 NE10 & ECAC Division II Player of the Year, was a two-time All-NE10 First Team Selection and WBCA Honorable Mention All-American. She still ranks 13th all-time at Stonehill with 1,410 career points. She is inducted into a women’s Hall of Fame class in honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX by Lauren Boyd ’08 (women’s soccer), Heather Kenrick ’97 (field hockey), Jackie Ladino ’10 (field hockey/women’s lacrosse). , Kelly McDonald, ’98 (equestrian) and Heather O’Keefe ’92 (softball). The 2022 Hall of Fame ceremony returned after a three-year hiatus.
Against the cops
Tonight is the first meeting ever between Stonehill and Buffalo.
There’s no place like home
Stonehill will play five of his 13 non-conference games at Merkert Gymnasium, including a three-game streak in late December to jump straight into his first NEC fixture list, two of the top three of which will also be at home. After hosting Buffalo in their first Division I home game tonight, the Skyhawks will host Hartford (Nov. 21), UAlbany (12/14), Northeastern (12/20) and Queens (NY) (12/29).
Tonight marks Stonehill’s first home game against a non-conference opponent since November 14, 2014, when the Skyhawks recorded a 69-54 win over Dominican (NY) College here at Merkert Gym. Stonehill has won two straight home games against non-conference opponents since 2009.
It’s been a while
Stonehill last hosted a non-conference opponent in 2018 when they went 4-1 in those three games. After victories over Caldwell (74-54) and Molloy (73-60), the Skyhawks were beaten by the University of Sciences (80-75) – Stonehill’s home opponent outside of the conference – on December 30, 2018.
take care of business
Stonehill has won 15 of his last 16 home games against non-conference opponents, including two NCAA tournament wins against Saint Thomas Aquinas and USciences during NCAA East Regional 2018, and has a 23-2 record against non-conference opponents going back to the year 2005
Bright TV lights
That Northeast Conference announced last week that Stonehill’s February 9 matchup with former NE10 rivals Merrimack College will be streamed live on ESPN+ via the NEC’s 26-game TV package. The matchup at Merkert Gym is among 21 games to be shown on the ESPN networks, including a record 13 women’s games. Paul Dottino (24th year) and Craig D’Amico (14th year) will one day share play-by-play duties on women’s television. Pam Roecker is back in her 21st year as a color analyst. Pack Network and Northeast Sports Network (NSN) handle production duties for the league’s ESPN3/ESPN+ package.
Stonehill leads the NEC in field-goal percent defense, keeping his first two opponents at just 33.3 percent shooting. The Skyhawks rank third in defense after their first week in the NEC and allow 58 points per game as one of three in the conference to keep opponents under 60 points per game. Stonehill is also third in three-point percent defense (.200).
Postgraduate change Maddie Loeder (Independence, Minnesota) is averaging 13.5 points per game after two competitions as team-best and ranks fifth among NEC top scorers after week one.
make them count
Stonehill has converted 69.2 percent (9 to 13) of his free throws in his first two games, ranking third in the NEC.
One and done
Stonehill leads the NEC in defensive rebound, averaging a conference-high 34.5 per game after the first week of the season. The Skyhawks share the conference lead with 43.5 total rebounds per contest.
Glidden cleans the glass
fifth year Sophie Glidden (Scarborough, Maine) has netted 12 rebounds in each of Stonehill’s first two games this season. She is the only NEC player to average double-digit rebounds after week one and leads the conference with 12.0 rebounds per game. She ranks fourth in the NEC with 2.5 offensive boards per game and a league-high 9.5 defensive rebounds per game.
Can’t get her out of court
After finishing fifth among NE10 leaders last season with her team-best 35.7 minutes per game, she was in her fifth year of guard Emily Bramanti (Chelmsford, Mass.) is picking up right where she left off in two games this year. Her 36.5 minutes per game after two competitions ranks first among the leading NEC ironwomen. classmate Sophie Glidden (Scarborough, Maine) is seventh in the conference at 33.5 minutes per game.
Keep it up Mo!
second grader Maureen Stapleton (Spring Lake Heights, NJ) made her first career start with Providence on Friday night. At 8.5 per game, she ranks third among the NEC rebound leaders after two contests, including a career-high ten hits at Lehigh last Monday.
fifth year Sophie Glidden (Scarborough, Maine) ranks second among the NEC leaders with their 2.5 steals per game in two games. She has half of the Skyhawks’ ten steals as a team in their first two games.
Stonehill was selected to place ninth in his first Northeast Conference season by the league’s head coaches. Wagner received six first-place votes to lead the preseason rankings, followed by Fairleigh Dickenson with two first-place votes. St. Francis Brooklyn is third while Saint Francis (Pa.) is fourth with the remaining vote in first place.
Stonehill compiled a robust non-conference roster in its inaugural Division I season, with opponents from the Patriot League (2 – Lehigh, Holy Cross), Big East (1 – Providence), America East (3 – Vermont, New Hampshire, Bryant) . ), MAC (1 – Buffalo), MAAC (1 – Fairfield) and CAA (1 – Northeastern) to prepare for its opening Northeast Conference Schedule beginning just after the New Year.
Stonehill Athletics fans and media have multiple social media channels to receive updates on all 21 varsity programs. that of the department Facebook Page is www.facebook.com/stonehillskyhawks and you can also follow @GoStonehill on Twitter and @stonehillskyhawks over Instagram! Stonehill women’s basketball is also popular Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StonehillCollegeWomensBasketball, Twitter and Instagram by following @stonehillwbb. You can even follow the head coach Trish Brown on Twitter via @CoachTB_SC.
Stonehill returns to action Friday when he visits Fairfield University for an off-conference matchup in Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. The Skyhawks return next Monday, March 21