Six Hamilton College football players named to NESCA team


Six Hamilton College athletes were selected for the New England Small College Athletic Conference football All-Conference Team, including Utica Proctor graduate Saleh Eltayeb.

Senior James Ball made the first team on defense for the second time in his career with the Continentals. Junior Ethan DiRienzo was on the second team on offense, senior Mike Cairns and junior Christian Snell were named to the second team defense, and freshman Tighe Hoey and Eltayeb, a sophomore, was voted to the second team on special teams.

Ball, who also made the first team at defensive end in 2019, was credited with 47 tackles and tied for 11th in the conference with 7.5 tackles for loss. He had two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

DiRienzo, a center, helped Hamilton gain 839 yards rushing and score 10 touchdowns on the ground. The Continentals finished with 2,659 yards of total offense.

Cairns, a linebacker, was third in the NESCAC with 79 tackles and tied for 11th with Ball with 7.5 tackles for loss. He added a sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He also broke up five passes.

Cairns was named the conference’s defensive player of the week on Oct. 3.

Snell came up with 49 tackles from his cornerback spot and tied for third in the conference with 10 passes defended. He broke up eight passes, intercepted two passes and blocked a kick.

Hoey became Hamilton’s punter halfway through the season.

He led the NESCAC with an average of 38.9 yards on his 15 punts with a season long of 55 yards. He boomed two punts more than 50 yards and landed seven inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Eltayeb was the Continentals’ kick returner. He ended up second in the conference with an average of 21.2 yards on his 13 returns. He brought back a kick 95 yards for a touchdown at Bates College on Nov. 13.

He was named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 15.


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