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2016 Wesleyan University Football News

  • NESCAC Football Moves to Full Round-Robin Schedule
    April 28, 2017
    The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) will implement round-robin scheduling in the sport of football beginning with the 2017 season. The NESCAC Presidents voted to support converting the annual scrimmage each school plays into a regular-season game.
  • Devon Carrillo ’17 Named Connecticut’s Male Athlete of the Year
    March 02, 2017
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Dual-sport athlete and Middletown native, Devon Carrillo, has been named Connecticut’s 2017 Male Athlete of the Year, as voted on by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance (CSWA). Carrillo will be honored at the CSWA 76th Annual Gold Key Dinner on April 30, 2017 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Conn. The dinner will begin at 4 p.m. WNBA guard Bria Holmes of the Atlanta Dream was selected as the Connecticut Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Wesleyan Earns 13 NESCAC Football All-Conference Selections
    November 22, 2016
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University football team earned 13 NESCAC All-Conference selections, with six players garnering First Team laurels, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced by the league office Tuesday. In the 17-year history of the NESCAC All-Conference teams, Wesleyan’s 13 selections are the second most by a Cardinals’ squad all-time, trailing only the 2014 team that registered 14 selections.
  • WesFiles Player Profile: Justin Sanchez ’17
    November 16, 2016
    Justin Sanchez came to Wesleyan wanting to be a part of something historic. Entering his final game of his career, he is right on track, as the Cardinals captured their first Little Three title since 2013, and are vying for a share of the NESCAC Championship.
  • Wesleyan Falls to Trinity in 2016 Regular Season Finale, 45-21
    November 12, 2016
    The Wesleyan University football team’s historic 2016 season came to an end Saturday as the Cardinals fell to in-state rival and undefeated Trinity College, 45-21, despite outgaining the Bantams 412 yards to 267. Trinity claimed the NESCAC title outright with the win – their first since 2012 and a league-high seventh overall.
  • Week 8 Preview: Wesleyan vs. Trinity
    November 09, 2016
    Two of the NESCAC’s hottest teams meet on the gridiron Saturday, Nov. 12 as Wesleyan (6-1) and Trinity (7-0) square off in the 116th-meeting of the “Battle of the Birds” at 12 p.m. The Cardinals enter Saturday’s contest riding a six-game winning streak, which is the second longest win streak in the conference behind the Bantam’s eight-straight victories, dating back to last season.
  • Wesleyan Football Attends Second Annual 'Battle of the Birds' Press Luncheon
    November 09, 2016
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The head coaches and captains of the Wesleyan University and Trinity College football programs spoke in front of media members and alumni at the second annual ‘Battle of the Birds’ press luncheon Wednesday at the Hartford Club, in advance of Saturday’s matchup.
  • Mark Piccirillo '19 Named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week
    November 06, 2016
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomore quarterback Mark Piccirillo of the Wesleyan University football team was named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week for his stellar performance in the Cardinals’ 59-14 rout of Little Three archrival Williams College.
  • Wesleyan Wins Little Three Title; Cruises to 59-14 Rout Over Williams
    November 05, 2016
    The Wesleyan University football team scored eight touchdowns in the first half, led by a terrific performance from sophomore quarterback Mark Piccirillo, as the Cardinals cruised to a commanding 59-14 win over Williams College Saturday afternoon to claim the Little Three title for the second time in the past four seasons, and the first since 2013.
  • Week 7 Preview: Wesleyan at Williams
    November 02, 2016
    This Saturday, Nov. 5, the Wesleyan University football team eyes its 14th Little Three title – and first since 2013 – when the Cardinals square off against Williams College at the Weston Athletic Complex at 1 p.m. Wesleyan (5-1) is riding a five-game winning streak, while the Ephs (0-6) are still looking for their first win of 2016.
  • WesFiles Player Profile: Ben Kurtz ’17
    November 01, 2016
    Ben Kurtz knew he wanted to come to Wesleyan. In fact, it was the only school he applied to coming out of Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, where he set team records as a wide receiver for most receiving yards in a season (1,022) and a game (301). But when Kurtz came to campus as freshman, he learned he would be lining up in a different position, tight end.
  • Wesleyan Cruises in Second Half to Defeat Bowdoin, 39-10
    October 29, 2016
    Ahead by a touchdown at halftime, the Wesleyan University football team rallied in the second half and outscored Bowdoin, 22-0, en route to a decisive 39-10 win Saturday afternoon at home on Family Weekend.
  • Week 6 Preview: Wesleyan vs. Bowdoin
    October 27, 2016
    Entering Saturday’s game, Wesleyan boasts a 4-1 record and is riding a four-game winning streak, while Bowdoin is still looking for its first win of 2016 as the Polar Bears sit at 0-5. The Cardinals lead the all-time series 57-29-2, dating back to the first meeting in 1906, and defeated Bowdoin 20-14 on the road a year ago.
  • WesFiles Player Profile: Devon Carrillo ’17
    October 25, 2016
    Middletown Native Devon Carrillo '17 Still Has More to Accomplish Devon Carrillo’s dream was to come to Wesleyan University and succeed, and he is making that dream a reality.
  • Ike Fuchs '17 Named NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week
    October 23, 2016
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior kicker/punter Ike Fuchs of the Wesleyan University football team was named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance during Saturday’s impressive 20-0 win over Amherst College during Homecoming Weekend.
  • Wesleyan's Stifling Defense Forces Five Turnovers as Cardinals Shut Out Amherst on Homecoming Weekend, 20-0
    October 22, 2016
    For the first time since 1988, the Wesleyan University football team shut out Amherst, 20-0 during Homecoming Weekend. The Cardinals stifling defense held the Purple & White to a mere 176 yards of total offense and forced five turnovers en route to the victory.
  • Week 5 Preview: Wesleyan vs. Amherst
    October 20, 2016
    Wesleyan University and Amherst College football have been at the forefront of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in recent years. To date, the Cardinals have posted a 27-9 (.750) record since 2012, which included a Co-NESCAC Championship and Little Three title in 2013. During that same period, Amherst has gone 32-4 (.889) with three NESCAC crowns, and recently had its 21-game winning streak snapped at Middlebury, 27-26 (Oct. 8, 2016).
  • Wesleyan Wins Third Straight, Defeats Bates Decisively, 28-7
    October 15, 2016
    For the third straight week, the Wesleyan University football team held its opponent to single digits as the Cardinals cruised to a 28-7 win on the road against Bates College Saturday afternoon.
  • Week 4 Preview: Wesleyan at Bates
    October 13, 2016
    The Wesleyan University football team will look to extend its winning streak Saturday when the Cardinals head back to Maine to face Bates College in Week 4 action at Garcelon Field.
  • Wesleyan Cruises Past Colby, 37-6
    October 08, 2016
    Devon Carrillo ’17 scored three touchdowns to help lead the Wesleyan University football team to a commanding 37-6 win on the road Saturday over Colby College.
  • Week 3 Preview: Wesleyan at Colby
    October 07, 2016
    The Cardinals are coming off a 34-6 rout of Hamilton Saturday, and will look to improve to 2-1 when they head to Waterville, Maine for a 1 p.m. kickoff against Colby College. The Mules are also 1-1, but are coming off a 35-14 home loss to Middlebury.
  • Dario Highsmith '20 Featured on FOX 61
    October 06, 2016
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Freshman running back and Middletown native, Dario Highsmith, was featured in the sports section of Fox 61 after his stellar performance last week in which he rushed for 101 yards on five carries - including an 80-yard touchdown run - and also caught an 11-yard touchdown passs to help guide Wesleyan to a 34-6 win over Hamilton.
  • Wesleyan Alum Bill Belichick '75 Featured in ESPN The Magazine Article
    October 06, 2016
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - New England Patriots Head Coach and Wesleyan alum, Bill Belichick '75, was recently featured in an ESPN article written by David Fleming, which will appear in ESPN The Magazine's October 17 issue. The story is compiled of interviews with coaches, players and other associates to get an inside look into what makes Belichick so great.
  • WesFiles Player Profile: Jordan Stone '17
    October 05, 2016
    Jordan Stone’17 began playing football at the age of eight in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now finds himself a three-year player and tri-captain of the Wesleyan University football team. Head Coach Dan DiCenzo says he knew Stone would be a captain as soon as he set foot on campus, and was not surprised with the decision his team made to elect Stone as a captain. “Jordan is a special kid and has a presence about him. He works hard and leads by example, he is everything we are looking for in a student athlete.”
  • Wesleyan Totals 511 Yards of Offense in 34-6 Rout over Hamilton
    October 01, 2016
    The Wesleyan University football team amassed 511 yards of total offense, and held Hamilton to 180 yards, en route to a commanding 34-6 win Saturday afternoon in the Cardinals’ 2016 home opener.
  • Week 2 Preview: Wesleyan vs. Hamilton
    September 30, 2016
    On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Wesleyan University football team will host its 2016 home-opener at Corwin Stadium on Andrus Field against Hamilton College. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., as both teams look for their first win of the season.
  • Gernald Hawkins '18 Featured on ''
    September 28, 2016
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Junior quarterback Gernald Hawkins '18 of the Wesleyan University football team was featured on, in a story written by Chuck Cox regarding Hawkins' Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholar Award Certificate.
  • Wesleyan Drops Season-Opener to Tufts on the Road, 17-14
    September 24, 2016
    The Wesleyan University football team held a 14-3 halftime lead, but a late rally by Tufts University erased the deficit as the Cardinals fell short in their 2016 season-opener Saturday night under the lights, 17-14.
  • Wesleyan Boasts Wealth of Experience and Talent Entering 2016
    September 21, 2016
    In his first season at the helm of the Wesleyan University football team, Head Coach Dan DiCenzo guided a young Cardinals squad to a 5-3 record en route to a fourth-place finish in the NESCAC standings alongside Middlebury. Having lost just three starters from a year ago, DiCenzo enters his second season with an experienced roster that eyes a second conference title.
  • Wesleyan Football Drafts 10-Year Old Michael from Team IMPACT
    September 14, 2016
    On Saturday, Sept. 10th, the Wesleyan University football team welcomed its newest member to the program, 10-year old Michael from Team IMPACT.