Seven Football Players Garner All-NESCAC Honors

(L-R): Frank Cosolito and Matthew Daniel were both first-team selections.
(L-R): Frank Cosolito and Matthew Daniel were both first-team selections.


Seven members of the Middlebury football program were named to the All-NESCAC teams when the league announced its postseason honors. Senior Matthew Daniel (Wellesley, Mass.) and junior Frank Cosolito (Medifield, Mass.) were each named to the first team. Seniors Conrado Banky (Katy, Texas) and Kevin Maxwell (Scotch Plains, N.J.), along with juniors Martin Williams (Chestnut Hills, Mass.), Kevin Woodring (Norwalk, Conn.) and Maxwell Rye (Longmeadow, Mass.) all earned a spot on the second team. The group helped lead the Panthers to a 5-4 season in 2018.

Daniel earned his first all-conference award, ending the season with 31 tackles to go along with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown. The defensive back also had a key interception late in the fourth quarter during a road win at Williams. Daniel posted six tackles during contests with Bowdoin and Trinity. He tallied 94 tackles in his career, playing in all 34 games. Daniel also finished with four interceptions, six tackles for loss, three blocked kicks and 12 pass break-ups.

Cosolito tallied his second-straight first-team all-conference laurel as a tight end. He paced the Panthers and finished fourth in the league with six touchdowns to go along with 30 catches for 316 yards. The third-year Panther had his best game of the year with six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns in a win at Hamilton. Cosolito also recorded six grabs for 60 yards in a win over Bates. Entering his senior season, his 15 career touchdowns are tied for fifth in the Panther record books.

Banky concluded his career with his third all-conference selection after the wide receiver found a spot on the first team each of the last two seasons. He ranked second on the team with 26 catches, while leading the Panthers and ranking 11th in the league with 376 yards. Banky had three catches for a season-best 97 yards in the win over Hamilton, including a 49-yard touchdown grab. Banky's 2,156 career receiving yards are second in the program's record books while his 23 career touchdowns place him third.

Maxwell earned his first all-conference award after leading the team and finishing tied for seventh with 8.5 tackles for loss. He was tied for second on the team with 51 tackles, including 34 solo stops. Maxwell also had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a sack this fall for the Panthers. The linebacker made a season-high eight tackles in the regular-season finale against Tufts, picking up two tackles for lost yardage in the game. Maxwell ends his career with 137 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and five sacks to go along with three forced fumbles, while playing in every game during his career.

Woodring earned second-team honors on the offensive line after a first-team nod a season ago. The junior started eight contests this season at right tackle for the Panthers. Woodring helped anchor a line that ranked fourth in the league in passing (183.3 yards per game) and fifth in total offense (320.6 yards per game).

Williams earned his second-straight second-team accolade, ending the year with a career-best 29 tackles on the defensive line for the Panthers. He also recorded two sacks and 2.5 tackles for lost yardage. Playing in all nine games this fall, he tallied five or more tackles three different times, including a six-stop effort in the regular-season finale against Tufts.

Rye picks up his first all-conference award. He ended the year leading the league with a 39.7 yard per punt average, second best in program history for a single season. Named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week on October 15, he pinned the opposition inside its 20-yard line a league-best 21 times in 2018. Rye blasted a season-long 71-yard punt at Trinity on October 27.