KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Carleton College men’s soccer player Neil Bartholomay (Jr./St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Scholar All-America second team, honoring his performance both on the field and in the classroom.
Bartholomay, who owns a 3.41 GPA as a political science/international relations major, is the sixth Knight to be named a Scholar All-American by the NSCAA, following in the footsteps of David Watson (2005), Peter Grassman (2007), Ross Hamilton (2008), Bobby Phillips (2008), and Ryan Cammarota (2011). He was one of two award-winners from the MIAC, as Augsburg’s Chad Gilmer landed on the third team.
This was Bartholomay’s fourth major distinction of the season. He was named to the NSCAA All-America third team, the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, and the All-MIAC first team following an impressive junior campaign. He anchored a Knights’ defense that gave up only 11 goals, leading to a goals-against average of 0.50 that was good for eighth in all of Division III.
Bartholomay also excelled on the offensive end, notching four goals and four assists. Both of these figures placed him near the top of the list for MIAC defenders.
To become eligible for the NSCAA national award, Bartholomay was tabbed to the Scholar All-North/Central Region first team. Joining him in earning that accolade was teammate Simon Ginet (Jr./Arlington, Mass./Arlington).
This was Ginet’s second academic distinction of the season, as he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team. Ginet, who holds a 3.96 GPA as a sociology and anthropology major, became the first Carleton player ever to reach double digits in both goals and assists, tallying 12 and 10, respectively. He ended the year with the fourth-highest goal total in the MIAC and notched five game-winners. This performance earned him a spot on the All-MIAC first team.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) selects its recipients of academic recognition based upon a record of excellence both on the field and in the classroom. Recently, the entire Carleton men’s soccer team was honored by the NSCAA, earning the Team Academic Award for the 15th straight year.