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.
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.
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.
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.
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.