NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Four members of the Carleton College men’s soccer team earned all-conference honors today as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) handed out its annual awards. The Knights’ three senior captains—Tim Wills (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic), Ryan Cammarota (Neenah, Wis.), and Miles Silbert (St. Louis Park, Minn.)—were rewarded for their great seasons as they were named All-MIAC First Team by the conference coaches. Defender Neil Bartholomay (So./St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) earned spot on the all-conference honorable mention team.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that a trio of Knights could be found on the All-MIAC first team, as this season Carleton ties St. Olaf College and Gustavus Adolphus College for the most first-team honorees.
Wills, the Knight’s all time leader in goals (35), assists (33) and points (103), was a previously an All-MIAC selection in 2010 and earned all-conference honorable mention in 2009. He paced Carleton in points for the fourth consecutive season, tallying 10 goals and six assists this season. His goal total tied for third in the conference and tied for sixth in assists.
Cammarota earned his second straight All-MIAC honor this year, by leading the Knights in assists, with eight, and putting away three goals. Cammarota was always a triple threat, one of the most elusive dribblers in the MIAC, along with having great vision and a good shot. He figured in five game-winning goals this season and 20 such scores over his career. Cammarota earned Academic All-District honors last week.
Silbert had an offensive explosion this year netting seven goals including some very clutch late-game goals. He was tied Wills for the team lead with four game-winning goals. Silbert got off to a great start, figuring in six goals over the first eight games before injuries hampered him mid-season. Still he improved on the good season he had last year (six goals, four assists) by accumulating the second-highest goal total on the team in 2011.
Bartholomay, the anchor of Carleton’s defense, earned honorable mention by consistently holding down backfield. After a good rookie campaign, he continued his strong play at centerback, disrupting the opposition by strategically intercepting passes and being a force in the air. He added a goal and had an assist during the championship match of the MIAC Playoffs.
Morgan Murphy (Jr./Chicago, Ill./Univ. of Chicago Lab) was chosen by his teammates and coaches to represent the Knights on the MIAC All-Sportsmanship team. This award is given to players who best exemplify the spirit of good sportsmanship on and off the field.