Pace Football Sets New Program Wins Record With 33-10 Victory at Saint Anselm
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Pace University football team made history on Saturday afternoon, defeating Saint Anselm College to set a new program Division II record for wins in a season. The Setters' 33-10 triumph on the road completes their historic fall with a 7-3 record, which is the highest win total since Pace moved to NCAA Division II. In addition to the total wins, the Blue and Gold also put together a 6-3 NE10 mark this fall to finish tied for third in the year-end standings. Pace's win on Saturday was decided by a dominant second half effort by the Setters. Head Coach Andy Rondeau's squad put together a shutout after halftime, outscoring the Hawks, 23-0, over the game's final 30 minutes. Freshman running back Antonio Giannico (Mahopec, NY/Archbishop Stepinac) compiled a career day on the ground, tallying three of Pace's four touchdowns. Giannico piloted a Pace rushing attack (77 yards) that racked up 218 yards on 63 carries. Jhalen Bien-Aime (Dorchester, MA/Bridgton Academy) capped off his remarkable career with 76 yards, ending his Setter tenure with a program-best 2,242 career rushing yards. Bien-Aime, who broke the career yards mark earlier this year, now has 419 more yards than any running back in Pace history. Giannico began the Setters' scoring with a 12-yard score at the end of the first quarter, which yielded a 10-0 lead. He then registered two more touchdowns in the third quarter to give the road squad a 26-10 edge. Giannico rumbled into the end zone from one-yard and three-yards out. The Setters' final score of the afternoon came from another running back as sophomore Kashmier Jackson(Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls) found paydirt from one-yard out in the fourth quarter. Pace's defense, which has been at the forefront of its stellar season, was once again up to task on Saturday. The Setters piled up three sacks, two interceptions and six tackles for loss while allowing only 173 total yards, including just 36 on the ground. Senior Jah'Sheem Martin (Freeport, NY/Freeport) was a dominant force up front, registering a team-high nine tackles with one sack. He also nabbed his first-career interception. Dustin Huseinovic (Harrison, NJ/Harrison) and Prince Unaegbu (Boston, MA/Brighton) also posted sacks while Andrew Roach (Clinton, Md./Arundel Senior) snagged the Setters' other interception. Brenton Allen(Clearwater, FL/Dunedin) joined in with a team-best two tackles-for-loss, including a third-quarter safety.