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Ben Thaw Named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week

Photo by Steve McLaughlin Photography
Photo by Steve McLaughlin Photography

HADLEY, Mass. – 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.

>> NESCAC Weekly Release <<

Thaw is the fifth Cardinal to earn a weekly honor from the conference, joining Danny Banks, David Estevez, Ashton Scott, Matthew Simco, and Mason Von Jess (twice).

The senior co-captain from Westport, Conn. was excellent yesterday as he recorded five tackles, two interceptions, and one blocked kick. His first interception came at the midway point of the second quarter at the Wesleyan-15 to help keep Trinity off the board at halftime. Thaw's second interception ended the Bantams' chance of a comeback as he picked off the Trinity quarterback on the Wesleyan-31 with just under two minutes remaining in regulation. The Cardinals gained a first down and sealed the win. He also blocked a Trinity extra point in the fourth quarter to make it an eight-point deficit instead of seven.

With two more interceptions on Saturday, Thaw concludes the season tied for the league-lead with five. He also led the NESCAC in interceptions in 2017 with four and finishes his career with 11 total.

Thaw's play helped Wesleyan defeat the Bantams for the first time since 2014 and the first time on the road since 1997. With the win, the Cardinals finished the season with an 8-1 record, marking the third time in program history that they won eight games in a season.