KANSAS CITY, Kan. – All season long, soccer fans around the region knew that Carleton first-year forward Branden McGarrity (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) and junior defender Neil Bartholomay (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) were among the top players in the nation. Today, the duo has the hardware to prove it as the two members of the Carleton College men’s soccer squad were tabbed All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
While McGarrity—an All-America Second Team selection—was breaking records at one end of the field, Bartholomay earned a spot on the All-America Third team for his work limiting the opposition from scoring at the opposite end.
“Those guys had fantastic 2012 seasons, and I know both guys echo my feelings that these individual awards are a function and a reflection of our team's success this fall,” said Carleton head coach Bob Carlson.
The Knights (17-2-2 overall, 8-1-1 MIAC) tied the school record for wins in a season and captured their fifth Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conferece (MIAC) crown over the last six seasons. Carleton was ranked as high as No. 12 in the country and outscored the opposition 62-11 during the year, with the Knights’ goal total ranking eighth in the nation during the regular season.
“On behalf of Carleton, our athletic department, and our team, congratulations to Neil and Branden on a very special honor,” said Carlson. “They’ve been deservingly recognized by opposing coaches as being among the best players in the nation.”
The NSCAA recognized a total of 40 players across Division III in naming its first-, second-, and third-team All-America squads. Carleton was the only North Region program to have multiple players chosen and one of just five teams across the country with two or more All-Americans. Only nine underclassmen were selected, and McGarrity was one of just three rookies to receive the award with the others being third-team selections.
McGarrity paced the MIAC in goals (19) and points (42) and shattered the Carleton single-season records in both categories. His goal total was the highest in the conference in since 2001, and McGarrity was the only first-year among top 15 goal scorers in Division III and one of only two rookies across the nation—spanning all three NCAA Divisions—with at least 18 goals this season. He notched six game-winning goals, including both victories during the final week of the regular season to secure the MIAC title and help the Knights earn an at-large bid to NCAA Tournament.
One of only two rookies named to all-conference squad, McGarrity is already tied for 10th on the Knights’ career scoring list. His goal total was tied for fifth in Division III—and eighth across all NCAA divisions—during the regular season, while his point total ranked ninth in D-III and 13th across all NCAA divisions.
“Branden was remarkable this fall,” said Carlson. “From the first day of training until the final whistle in the NCAA tournament, he worked tirelessly for our team. Combine that with his talent and his competitive edge, and the product is a very successful 2012.
“At times he made the most difficult part of the game, scoring goals, look effortless. Like Neil, he knows he has aspects of his game that he needs to improve upon and Branden’s determined to get better for 2013.”
Bartholomay built upon a great 2011 season—one that saw him receive all-conference honorable mention—to anchor the Knights’ defense that gave up only 11 goals this season, earning the team the eighth-lowest goals against average (0.50) in Division III.
Bartholomay’s defensive work shutdown the top scorers in the conference and the country. The Knights limited the MIAC’s top-10 non-Carleton goal scorers to a grand total of just one goal. In fact, the 2011 and 2012 conference players-of-the-year were held scoreless and limited to only four total shots. In October, the Knights not only shutout College of St. Scholastica—the top scoring team in the NCAA (all divisions) by a wide margin—the Knights limited the Saints to only five total shots in Carleton’s 2-0 win.
Despite playing along the backline, Bartholomay also had a big impact on the offense as he tied for most assists (4) among MIAC defenders and was second at his position with four goals.
“Neil anchored our back line with his leadership, his talent, and his absolute will to win,” explained Carlson. “He inspired his teammates with his relentless defending, scored several vital goals, and sparked our attack with his service from his centerback spot. He also made a commitment to work each and every day to get better. I know Neil is excited about the recognition, but he’s dedicated to becoming an even more effective player and leader in 2013.”
The only other men’s player from the MIAC to be chosen as an All-American this year was Gustavus Adolphus defender Lucas Thompson. Over the last seven seasons, a total of eight players from the MIAC were named NSCAA All-Americans, half of that group were members of the Carleton Knights.
MIAC All-Americans Since 2005
|Mike Butterworth||Gustavus Adolphus||2007 (second team)|
|Robert Carlton||Carleton College||2008 (second team)|
|Robert Carlton||Carleton College||2009 (second team)|
|Nathan Juergens||Macalester College||2010 (third team)|
|David Rosenthal||St. Olaf College||2011 (first team)|
|Branden McGarrity||Carleton College||2012 (second team)|
|Neil Barthlomay||Carleton College||2012 (third team)|
|Lucas Thompson||Gustavus Adolphus||2012 (third team)|