NORTHFIELD,Minn.- For the seventh year in a row, the Carleton College men’s soccer program had at least three players named to the All-MIAC Team. Seniors Neil Bartholomay (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) and Will Corcoran (Mahtomedi, Minn.) plus sophomore Branden McGarrity (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) are each repeat selections to the all-conference squad. Additionally, sophomore defender Trent Elmore (Bloomington, Ind./Phillips Exeter Academy) was voted All-MIAC Honorable Mention.
The Knights (15-2-3 overall) went 7-2-1 during conference games and finished in a tie for second in the conference standings. They then knocked off rival St. Olaf College in the MIAC Playoffs semifinals and defeated Saint John’s University in the finals to earn the Knights’ second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Bartholomay helped anchor a Knights defense, which has allowed only 0.65 goals-per-game this season, ranking 18th in the nation. He started in all 20 games thus far this season and played a team-leading 1859 minutes throughout the campaign.
Despite focusing on preventing the opposition from scoring, Bartholomay’s five goals ranks third on the team and first in the conference amongst defenders. Earlier this season, Bartholomay was named the MIAC-Player-of-the-Week for netting three goals to help the Knights defeat Bethany Lutheran and Bethel.
While Bartholomay was helping stifle opposing offenses, Corcoran and McGarrity ranked as two of the top goal scorers in the MIAC. The Knights outscored the opposition 36-13 this season.
Corcoran ranked second on the team with six goals and first with five assists to finish with 17 points on the season, ranking eleventh in the conference. Additionally, his four game-winning goals rank fourth in the conference. His two biggest goals of the year undoubtedly came against Saint John’s in the conference finals to help lead the Knights to the NCAA Tournament.
For the second consecutive year, McGarrity lead the Knights in goals-scored with 11 and points with 26. A year after pacing the MIAC in the stat, his 2013 goal total ranked second in the conference. McGarrity came up clutch for the Knights in numerous big spots, netting a MIAC-best six game-winning goals. Slowed by a knee injury to begin the season, he scored his 11 goals over the Knights’ last 15 games, including the lone tally in Carleton’s 1-0 win at St. Olaf in the MIAC Playoffs semifinal.
Elmore was another key cog in the Carleton backline that permitted only four total goals to the top 10 scorers in the conference. His play on the outside was a factor on offense as well as he had assists to give Carleton the leads against Gustavus and Augsburg.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the eight annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for soccer. Senior Michael Hovick (Clive, Iowa/ West Des Moines Valley) was selected by his coaches and teammates as an individual who demonstrates ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.