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2019 Wesleyan Football News

  • Nine Cardinals Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society
    April 16, 2020
    Nine members of the Wesleyan football team were named to the 2020 National Football Foundation (NFF)) Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions who have maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.
  • Top Moments of 2019-20: Football Wins Little Three Title on Homecoming Weekend
    April 09, 2020
    November 2, 2019, was a special day in Wesleyan Athletics history. Little Three rivals Wesleyan and Williams entered week eight of the football season in a tie for second place in the NESCAC standings with identical 6-1 records. Not only were bragging rights on the line, but the winner would either claim sole possession of second-place or tie for first with a Middlebury loss.
  • Nick Helbig Named CLIFF HARRIS AWARD Nominee
    December 17, 2019
    Freshman defensive lineman Nick Helbig of the Wesleyan football team has been named a nominee for the 2019 CLIFF HARRIS AWARD, which is presented annually to the nation’s top small college defensive player in the country. The award represents more than 5,000 defensive players from almost 500 NCAA Division II, Division III, and NAIA college and universities.
  • Thaw and Jenkins Named to D3football.com All-East Region Team
    December 11, 2019
    Senior defensive back Ben Thaw and junior offensive lineman Bryce Jenkins of the Wesleyan football team have been named to the D3football.com 2019 All-East Region Team.
  • Ben Thaw Named to NEFW Division II/III All-New England Team
    November 26, 2019
    Senior co-captain Ben Thaw of the Wesleyan football team has been to the 2019 New England Football Writers College Division II/III All-New England Team following a stellar season for the Cardinals. He was just one of 29 players selected from 20 different teams, and one of three athletes from the NESCAC.
  • Wesleyan Earns 13 All-NESCAC Selections; Helbig Named Co-Rookie of the Year
    November 19, 2019
    The Wesleyan football team led all schools with 13 selections on the 2019 All-NESCAC Football Teams, as announced Tuesday by the conference office and voted on by the league’s coaches. Highlighting the list was freshman defensive lineman Nick Helbig who was named the NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year.
  • Three Members of Wesleyan Football Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team®
    November 18, 2019
    Ben Thaw, Glenn Smith, and Matthew Simco of the Wesleyan football team were honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as they were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team® for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
  • Ben Thaw Named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week
    November 10, 2019
    For the third consecutive week, a member of the Wesleyan football team has earned weekly conference honors as defensive back Ben Thaw was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week today for his performance in the Cardinals’ 28-20 win at Trinity.
  • Wesleyan Caps Off 8-1 Season With a Road Win Over Trinity, 28-20
    November 09, 2019
    The Wesleyan football team defeated the three-time defending NESCAC Champions, Trinity, on the road Saturday afternoon in the season finale, 28-20. With the win, the Cardinals finish the 2019 campaign with an 8-1 record and sole possession of second place in the standings.
  • Week 9 Football Preview: Wesleyan (7-1) at Trinity (5-3)
    November 07, 2019
    Saturday’s showdown between in-state NESCAC rivals Wesleyan and Trinity marks the 119th meeting all-time between the programs, with the Bantams holding a 64-53-1 lead in the series. The Cardinals enter the season finale boasting a 7-1 record and sit second in the conference. Trinity, the three-time defending NESCAC Champions, is currently 5-3 on the year and ranks fourth in the league standings. Saturday’s kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Jessee/Miller Field in Hartford, Conn.
  • Estevez Named This Week’s Recipient Of NEFW/Grinold Chapter Gold Helmet Award
    November 04, 2019
    New Hampshire freshman quarterback Max Brosmer and Wesleyan sophomore quarterback David Estevez are this week’s recipients of the New England Football Writers Association Gold Helmet Awards presented by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
  • Estevez Earns NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week Honors
    November 03, 2019
    For the sixth time this season, the Wesleyan football team received a conference weekly award as sophomore David Estevez earned NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors following an incredible performance in yesterday's Little Three win over Williams.
  • LITTLE THREE CHAMPS! Wesleyan Defeats Williams in OT Thriller, 27-21
    November 02, 2019
    On their first play in overtime, David Estevez ran 25 yards for the game-winning touchdown as the Wesleyan football team defeated Williams, 27-21 during Homecoming Weekend on Andrus Field at Corwin Stadium Saturday. With the win, the Cardinals, who defeated Amherst in double-overtime a week ago, claimed the Little Three title outright for the third time in the past seven seasons.
  • WesFiles Player: Will Kearney '20
    November 01, 2019
    As a native of Wayne, New Jersey, linebacker and senior captain Will Kearney could not dodge the football scene that permeated his lifestyle. As a child, beginning at the age of eight, Kearney watched his older brother play throughout high school, listened to his dad reminisce about his playing days in college, and witnessed his mom’s support of the New York Giants every Sunday. Since football was a huge part of his life and his parents encouraged him to take up the sport, Kearney began by playing in his backyard with his friends, which soon progressed to tackle football in middle school. He had an incredible first experience as a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne, where he was coached by his dad and made long-lasting friendships that still exist to this day.
  • Week 8 Football Preview: Wesleyan (6-1) vs. Williams (6-1)
    October 31, 2019
    Little Three archrivals Wesleyan and Williams meet on the gridiron for the 125th time Saturday and both enter the game with 6-1 records. The Ephs hold a 76-43-5 advantage in the all-time series but the Cardinals have won six straight dating back to the 2013 season. During the win streak, Wesleyan has outscored Williams 180-49.
  • WesFiles Alumni Feature: Dave Patterson '86
    October 29, 2019
    When searching for a life-long commitment, drive, and dedication towards Wesleyan football, look no further than Dave Patterson ’86. Throughout his time during and after his Wesleyan career, the program has remained central to Patterson’s life.
  • Simco and Banks Named NESCAC Players of the Week
    October 27, 2019
    The Wesleyan football team continues to rack up NESCAC weekly honors as sophomore wide receiver Matthew Simco earned the Offensive Player of the Week award and sophomore defensive back Danny Banks secured the Defensive Player of the Week laurel as the duo helped guide the Cardinals to a thrilling double-overtime win at Amherst yesterday, 31-28.
  • Wesleyan Defeats Little Three Rival Amherst in Double-Overtime Thriller, 31-28
    October 26, 2019
    Mason Von Jess hit the game-winning field goal in double overtime as the Wesleyan football team defeated Little Three archrival Amherst in a thriller on Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field, 31-28.
  • Week 7 Football Preview: Wesleyan (5-1) vs. Amherst (4-2)
    October 24, 2019
    Wesleyan (5-1) and Amherst (4-2) meet on the gridiron this Saturday, October 26th for the 125th time in the storied rivalry between Little Three foes. After shutting out the Mammoths 20-0 in 2016, Amherst has rallied by winning the last two games. Both teams are coming off a loss and will look to get back to their winning ways this weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
  • WesFiles Player: Ben Thaw ’20
    October 23, 2019
    Growing up in Westport, Connecticut, football has always been a major part of cornerback Ben Thaw’s life. His dad played at Columbia University, so it is no surprise that he and his brother got involved in the game at a young age. Thaw began playing when he was five years old, joining a flag football team at his school, and from that point forward his life revolved around the sport.
  • Wesleyan Loses First Game of Season to Middlebury
    October 19, 2019
    The Wesleyan football team saw its unbeaten streak come to an end on Saturday as the Cardinals lost to Middlebury, 45-21 on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium.
  • Week 6 Football Preview: Wesleyan (5-0) vs. Middlebury (5-0)
    October 17, 2019
    Only one NESCAC team will remain unbeaten after week six action as the 5-0 Wesleyan Cardinals will face the 5-0 Middlebury Panthers on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium on Saturday in Middlebury, Vt.
  • WesFiles Alumni Feature: Tom Themistocles ’99
    October 16, 2019
    Tom Themistocles ’99 was born in Hanover, Massachusetts as the eldest of three siblings. Growing up, he liked his small, blue-collar hometown that was just south of Boston, often referring to it as, “the center of the universe.” He was raised by his parents Harry and Roberta, who were incredibly proud that he and his siblings all graduated from NESCAC institutions, as both Tom and his brother attended Wesleyan and their sister graduated from Trini
  • WesFiles Player: Nick Richards '20
    October 15, 2019
    Throughout his football journey at Wesleyan, Nick Richards has proven to be an excellent teammate and captain. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native stands at 6’2” and weighs in at 270 pounds, effectively embodying the traditional build of a football player. During his career on the defensive line, Richards has accumulated 43 tackles (17 solo, 26 assisted), 1.5 sacks, and 8.5 tackles-for-loss (*as of 10/15/19). His skills are even more impressive given his late start, having played for the first time as a freshman in high school. 
  • Von Jess Named NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week
    October 13, 2019
    For the second time this season, freshman kicker Mason Von Jess of the Wesleyan football team has been named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week, as selected by the conference office.
  • Simco Catches Game-Winning Touchdown in Closing Seconds as Wesleyan Defeats Tufts, 20-13
    October 12, 2019
    Quarterback Ashton Scott threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Matthew Simco with six seconds remaining to cap off a thrilling come-from-behind win for the Wesleyan football team as the Cardinals defeated Tufts on Saturday night, under the lights, 20-13.
  • WesFiles Alumni Feature: Nick Lodato '01
    October 11, 2019
    For inspiring and accomplished Wesleyan Alumni Nick Lodato ’01, Wesleyan offered him all the amazing opportunities he had been looking for since he was a child.
  • Week 5 Football Preview: Wesleyan vs. Tufts
    October 10, 2019
    Wesleyan (4-0) and Tufts (2-2) meet for the 50th time Saturday in a series that dates back to 1892. An even rivalry has the Jumbos holding a slight 24-23-2 edge, and the last three games have been decided by a total of 13 points, including an overtime win by Wesleyan in 2017. That 2017 meeting under the lights on Andrus Field was just the second night game in school history and featured a thrilling comeback victory by the Cardinals in which WR Eric Meyreles ’19 caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from QB Mark Piccirillo ’19 with just six seconds remaining to force overtime. In the extra stanza, Piccirillo connected with WR Mike Breuler ’18 for the game-winning touchdown and LB Shayne Kaminski sealed the victory with an interception on Tufts’ ensuing drive.
  • WesFiles Player: Ryan Schutta '20
    October 09, 2019
    The air is warm and the wind gentle over the grass of Andrus Field as senior offensive lineman Ryan Schutta bravely waves bees aside and dictates his experience with Wesleyan, football, and family. As an avid proponent of sustainability, a passionate choir member, a mentor for students at the MacDonough Elementary School, and one of the four captains of the football team, it can definitely be said that Ryan embodies the multifaceted college experience Wesleyan strives to offer. For someone with such varied interests, and a full schedule, he seems delightfully at ease. 
  • Glenn Smith Scores Game-Winning Touchdown as Wesleyan Defeats Bowdoin, 20-13
    October 05, 2019
    Junior running back Glenn Smith scored the game-winning touchdown, a 31-yard score with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter, to help lead the Wesleyan football team to a 20-13 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. 
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