2016 Football News

  • Seven Panthers Inducted to Phi Beta Kappa
    June 05, 2017
    Seven Middlebury athletes were recently inducted into the College's Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Tom Dils (men's soccer) and Hannah Blackburn (volleyball) join honorees Noel Antonisse (men's swimming & diving), James Burke (football), Melanie English (volleyball), Kate Reinmuth (women's soccer) and Day Robins (women's soccer) who were inducted during the Fall Family Weekend in October.
  • NESCAC Football Adds Ninth Game
    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.
  • Banky Named to All-East Region Team
    December 06, 2016
    Middlebury College football wide receiver Conrado Banky (Katy, Texas) has been named to the D3football.com All-East Region third team. He was also a first-team All-NESCAC selection as well as a member of the New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team. The sophomore helped lead the Panthers to a 6-2 season in 2016.
  • NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team Members Honored
    November 30, 2016
    The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2016 Fall All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution. The following are Middlebury's 99 representatives, the highest total among the 11 conference institutions.
  • NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Teams Announced
    November 29, 2016
    The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its Fall All-Sportsmanship Team for each fall sport sponsored by the conference. The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.
  • Banky Earns All-New England Honors
    November 28, 2016
    Middlebury College football wide receiver Conrado Banky (Katy, Texas) has been named to the New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team. The sophomore helped lead the Panthers to a 6-2 season in 2016.
  • Eight Football Players Earn Spots on the All-NESCAC Team
    November 22, 2016
    Eight members of the Middlebury football team were named to the All-NESCAC teams when the league announced its postseason honors. Seniors Andy Klarman (Branford, Conn.) and Nate Leedy (Naples, Fla.), along with junior John Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) and sophomore Conrado Banky (Katy, Texas) were each named to the first team.
  • Tufts Holds Off Middlebury in Season Finale
    November 12, 2016
    Tufts held off a late furious comeback by Middlebury as the Jumbos (7-1) clinched sole possession of second place in the league with a 48-35 win over the Panthers (6-2) on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. Trinity clinched the NESCAC title with an 8-0 mark, while Middlebury and Wesleyan finished in a third-place tie. The two teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of total offense.
  • Football Cruises Past Hamilton
    November 05, 2016
    Middlebury (6-1) outgained Hamilton 468-199 on its way to a 45-10 win over the Continentals (2-5) on Steuben Field. The victory was Middlebury’s 21st straight over the Continentals, as the Panthers now hold a 44-15 all-time advantage in the “Rocking Chair Classic” series. Middlebury concludes its season next weekend when it hosts Tufts at 12:30 p.m. With one game to play and no tie-breakers, Trinity sits atop the NESCAC standings with a 7-0 mark, followed by Middlebury, Tufts and Wesleyan, who are all 6-1.
  • Three Football Players Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors
    November 04, 2016
    Three members of the Middlebury College football team have been named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District I First-Team Academic All-District selection by the organization. Juniors Jared Lebowitz (South Burlington, Vt.), Daniel Fulham (Newton, Mass.) and Kevin Hopsicker (Delmar, N.Y.) each earned spots on the team. The three have helped lead the Panthers to a 5-1 season as they prepare to visit Hamilton on Saturday.
  • Trinity Hands Football Team Its First Loss
    October 29, 2016
    Middlebury suffered its first loss of the season, falling by a score of 49-13 at Trinity (6-0) on Saturday afternoon. The Bantams entered the game ranked third in New England, while the Panthers (5-1) held the fourth spot. Middlebury returns to action next Saturday with another road game, this one at Hamilton with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.
  • Defense Dominates as Football Tops Bates to Remain Undefeated
    October 22, 2016
    Middlebury moved to 5-0 on the season with a 28-9 victory over Bates (1-4) on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Panthers have now won 28-straight games against the Bobcats and will look to go 6-0 for the first time since 1977 when they visit unbeaten Trinity next Saturday.
  • Saturday’s Football Game to Be Second Green Panther Challenge
    October 20, 2016
    The Middlebury athletic department along with the Middlebury College Office of Sustainability Integration (OSI) have partnered once again for the Green Panther Challenge. Saturday’s football game against Bates, the second year the Challenge has taken place, seeks to engage Panther student-athletes and their respective fans by challenging them to raise their practice of sustainability in sports.
  • Football Wins Big at Williams to Improve to 4-0
    October 15, 2016
    Middlebury defeated Williams for the fifth-consecutive year, scoring more points than it ever has against the Ephs in a 49-23 win on Saturday in Williamstown. The Panthers move to 4-0 for the first time since 2012 when they opened with a 5-0 mark. Middlebury will host Bates next Saturday at 1:00 p.m., while Williams (0-4) visits Tufts.
  • Five Panther Athletes Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa
    October 14, 2016
    Five Middlebury athletes were recently inducted into the College's Phi Beta Kappa chapter during the school's Fall Family Weekend. The honorees include Noel Antonisse (men's swimming & diving), James Burke (football), Melanie English (volleyball), Kate Reinmuth (women's soccer) and Day Robins (women's soccer).
  • Heinecken to Be Inducted Into University of Delaware Hall of Fame
    October 12, 2016
    Former Middlebury football coach Mickey Heinecken will be inducted into the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 28. The invitation-only ceremony and reception for family and friends is part of Homecoming Weekend festivities on campus. Heinecken served as the head coach at Middlebury from 1973-2000.
  • Massengill Earns NESCAC Honors
    October 10, 2016
    Middlebury College kicker Carter Massengill (Summit, N.J.) has been named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week. The rookie converted back-to-back field goals, lifting Middlebury to a 27-26 victory over Amherst, snapping the Purple & White’s 21-game winning streak.
  • Football Ends Amherst's 21-Game Winning Streak
    October 08, 2016
    Middlebury handed Amherst its first loss since October of 2013 (21 games) as the Panthers improved to 3-0 with a 27-26 victory on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Purple & White (2-1) had posted back-to-back perfect seasons in 2014 and 2015, capturing the NESCAC title in each of those years. Middlebury returns to action next Saturday at Williams, while Amherst hosts Colby. Middlebury moves to 3-0 for the first time since 2012 when it opened with a 5-0 mark.
  • Lebowitz Wins Prestigious Gold Helmet
    October 05, 2016
    Middlebury College quarterback Jared Lebowitz (South Burlington, Vt.) has been awarded the “Gold Helmet,” given weekly to the top New England performer in Division II/III. The award is given by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Lebowitz was also named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week for the first two weeks of the season, leading his team to a 2-0 start. He and his teammates will host Amherst this Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
  • Lebowitz Earns NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week Honors
    October 03, 2016
    Middlebury College quarterback Jared Lebowitz (Burlington, Vt.) has been named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week. Lebowitz threw five touchdown passes for the second time in as many games, leading Middlebury to a 35-14 road win at Colby. The junior went 17-25, throwing for 320 yards in just three quarters of play. Three of his scoring strikes were lengthy, going for 64, 47 and 36 yards. He and his teammates will host Amherst this Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
  • Lebowitz Throws for Five Touchdowns Again as Panthers Topple Colby
    October 01, 2016
    Jared Lebowitz threw five touchdown passes for the second-consecutive week, leading Middlebury to its third 2-0 start in the past four years with a 35-14 road win at Colby (1-1). The Panthers return to action next Saturday when they host Amherst at 1:30.
  • Lebowitz Named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week
    September 26, 2016
    Middlebury College quarterback Jared Lebowitz (Burlington, Vt.) has been named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week. In his first career start, Lebowitz accounted for six touchdowns as the Panthers opened with a 40-3 win over Bowdoin. He finished the day 26-39 for 369 yards with five touchdown passes, while scoring on a two-yard run with 33 yards on the ground. Among his touchdown passes were two scoring strikes both from 28 yards out. He and the Panthers will visit Colby this Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game.
  • Lebowitz Accounts for Six Touchdowns in Season-Opening Win Over Bowdoin
    September 24, 2016
    Middlebury scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions on its way to a 40-3 thumping of Bowdoin in the season opener for both teams. The Panthers gained 517 yards of total offense, averaging 6.5 yards per play. Middlebury returns to action next Saturday with a 1:00 kickoff at Colby, while the Polar Bears host Amherst at the same time.
  • 2016 Football Season Preview
    September 22, 2016
    The Middlebury College football team has won 25 of 32 games over the past four seasons and shows no signs up letting up in 2016. The Panthers return a solid core of players on both sides of the ball and will look to climb in the NESCAC standings after a 5-3 campaign a year ago.
  • MacDonald Joins Football Coaching Staff
    August 17, 2016
    Middlebury College has announced the hiring of Michael MacDonald as an assistant football coach. MacDonald, a 2013 graduate of Hamilton, comes to Middlebury from Dickinson, where he coached the linebackers in his first season of collegiate coaching. He previously worked in finance after graduation.