Although it has been universally accepted for years that Carleton College is superior to St. Olaf in pretty much every regard, including academics, parties and party-related games, maturing after high school, and football, the Knights’ dominance became official last Saturday when Carleton spoiled St. Olaf’s homecoming festivities with an authoritative 21-7 victory, ending an Olaf Cereal Bowl winning streak that dates back to 1997.
Fall has arrived here at Carleton College, and with the start of the school year comes not only a fresh group of unhappy Oles looking for an actual party but the beginning of football season. The Knights began play two weeks ago on the road in Iowa (“Minnesota’s Footrest”) against an obviously overmatched Cornell College.
- After four consecutive losses, Carleton’s women’s volleyball team got back on track with a dominating 3-1 (25-15, 25-13, 17-25, 25-14) win over the Macalester College Scots September 17. With this victory, the Knights have won their last six MIAC openers, and have won five of their last seven matches against the Scots.
- After an intense and unusually long preseason, the Knights have shown that their hard work has paid off by securing a MIAC best 8-0-1 overall record thus far. Although graduating key players from last year’s team, Thomas Ashton and Peter Grassman, along without having injury-plagued Robert Carlton ’10 able to play, the Knights have proven themselves up to the task of defending their MIAC crown.
The women’s tennis team will definitely not be lacking in young talent this season. Kathryn Schmidt ’12 and Erin Gudul ’12 hadn’t even completed a full week of classes when they entered into the fall ITA tournament at Gustavus Adolphus College.
The women’s soccer squad has come into the 2008 season with high hopes.Their first game was against Lawrence University, which the Knights won 7-0, with a pair of hat tricks from senior Nicky Bloom and first-year Cassie Burke.
The women’s golf team beat the 36-hole Carleton scoring record at 673 while finished third at the Minnesota Women’s Collegiate Golf Association’s State Championship this past weekend.
This spring, the team went undefeated for another season and won the Regional Tournament.
In terms of ultimate, all of the frisbee teams at Carleton had tremendous years. Despite their slow start at tournaments in the late winter and early spring, CUT, Syzygy, and GOP all peaked at the right time to perform their best at their respective national tournaments.
The Knights synchro team took third place at the North Regional Championships.
Both the men's and women's teams had an exceptional year, playing well in the MIAC playoffs.