Tackle Nick Sobczyk '17 (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman HS) of the Hamilton College football team has been named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s 14-0 win over Bates.

NESCAC release

Sobczyk helped the Continentals hold Bates to 104 yards of total offense and scored Hamilton’s first defensive touchdown since 2012.

He recovered a fumbled pitch in the end zone for Hamilton’s second touchdown of the game. Sobczyk finished with five tackles. His three solo stops included a tackle at the Continental 12-yard line, thwarting the Bobcats’ deepest penetration of the game. Two plays later, Bates’ field goal attempt bounced off the right upright, preserving Hamilton’s first shutout since Oct. 20, 2007.

Hamilton’s first NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week since the 2009 season finale, Sobczyk is the third Continental honored by the NESCAC this fall (wide receiver Charles Ensley ’17 and punter Patrick Donahoe ’16 were named NESCAC Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week after the Williams win and the Wesleyan game, respectively). The trio of awards marks the first time Hamilton has won all three in the same season.

The win, Hamilton’s second in the season’s final three games, left the Continentals with a 2-6 record. They finished in a tie for sixth place in the 10-team NESCAC standings.

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