With the end of the school year and the 2005-06 season in the books, we offer a chance for Carleton fans to comment on their favorite moment or moments from this past season.
For me, there are so many great moments. I'll throw out a few and please feel free to add your own.
1. Men's basketball's winning streak/MIAC title/NCAA Tourney appearance
After a late December loss at UW-La Crosse that Adam Rossow '07 and I broadcasted, the Knights looked to be in serious trouble heading into the meat of the conference schedule. Little did we know they wouldn't lose for all of January and most of February, winning their first conference title in more than 40 years and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Highlights included the thumping of St. Thomas at home and the entire NCAA Tournament experience.
2. Women's basketball's improbably run to MIAC Playoff title game
No one gave the youthful Knights much of a chance to make a deep run in the MIAC Playoffs, but thanks in large part to Megan Vig's second-half performance and Andrea Korb's late-game heroics, the Knights knocked off regular-season champ St. Benedict on its home floor. Three days later the Knights' run came to an end, as host Concordia got hot from three-point range and beat the Knights, denying them a fifth NCAA Tourney trip.
3. Steve Harris' amazing senior year
Steve Harris entered his senior year as an obviously important part of Carleton's cross country and track and field fortunes. No one, though, could predict that Harris would earn All-America honors in both sports, finishing 10th at the cross country national meet and third in the indoor national meet in the 5,000 meters.
4. Unknown senior leads women's cross country to MIAC title
While Harris was at least on the radar, senior Sarah Schillaci was totally under the radar in terms of the women's cross country season. A late addition to the roster, Schillaci emerged as Carleton's front runner in her first season of competitive running at any level, leading the Knights to their second straight conference title and a NCAA Championships appearance. She was All-MIAC and all-region in the feel-good story of the season.
5. Volleyball heads to NCAA's, wins first national tourney game
The Carleton volleyball team headed into 2005 having lost twin sisters Beth and Katie Freeman '05, but the train kept rolling as the Knights were nationally ranked the entire season, ascending into the national top 10 for the first time. While St. Thomas grabbed the MIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Knights earned an at-large bid and beat MIAC foe Concordia-Moorhead for the program's first national tournament victory
Other random memories: Chris Brann resigns from football post, Kurt Ramler hired as new coach; Carleton hosts NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships; Men's soccer goes unbeaten over final eight matches; Men's tennis sets new school record for victories in a season.
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