It was a week of highs and lows for the Carleton men's basketball team, as Zach Johnson broke the college's career scoring record at home on Saturday in a 64-56 win over Macalester, but the Knights struggled on the road on Wednesday night, falling to Augsburg 70-54. Carleton (16-8, 12-7 MIAC) now finds itself tied with the Auggies for third in the conference standings heading into Saturday's regular season finale at second-place Bethel, which will determine the nights' playoff seed with anything from the second spot to the fifth still possible.
Playoffs aside, Saturday turned out to be a historic Senior Day for the Knights as the team honored its three seniors, co-captains Bobby Schmitz and Johnson, and three-year player and current assistant coach Rodney Kuhl. Johnson stole the show as predicted, scoring 20 points and etching his name in the record books by breaking 1999 graduate Josh Wilhelm's all-time mark of 1,967 points.
Carleton’s women’s tennis team started 2009 conference play with three victories that landed them atop the MIAC standings.
Despite the cold harsh winters, the various Carleton ultimate teams have been busy spending hours in the rec training and yearning to get outside and play on a real field.
In hardcore soccer, the same three teams have maintained dominance. Billy Walsh's Chemistry Club performed well again, beating Matt Pieh Soccer 6-2.
The Knights' hope for a ninth consecutive post-season bid were slim to begin with as the team entered play two games out of the final playoff slot with only three games remaining. Carleton's loss and Bethel's 61-36 win at Augsburg officially canceled any chances of the Knights' repeating last season's magical run through the MIAC Playoffs.
Charlie Gamble ’10 needed only 14:38.40 to run 5,000 meters at the Iowa State Classic Saturday, a Division I meet that accepts entries from the country’s top Division III runners.
In a battle of regionally-ranked teams last Friday, Carleton posted an 8-1 triumph over UW-Eau Claire to notch its third victory of the season. After three close doubles matches, the depth of the Knights’ lineup was evident with a sweep of the singles competition.
Though a playoff berth is already secure, it was a disheartening midterm break for the men's basketball team, as it came up short in a pair of close games over the long weekend, leaving itself in a Musseresque party crowded five-way tie for second place in the MIAC.
The men’s tennis team notched their first two wins of the season this past Saturday against conference competitor, Saint Mary’s, and UW-La Crosse. The Knights once again proved their supremacy in the Central Region as they went 16-2 on the day.
In Division I IM Basketball, the much-anticipated match-up of Washed Up, a senior-laden group of former varsity athletes, and Dunk Tape, an offensive-minded team that pushes the tempo of games, proved to be worth the wait.
The Knights still have a chance for a playoff berth after a 66-59 win over the College of St. Catherine Wildcats. Both Hannah Oken-Berg ’09 and Sarah Lincoln ’09 nearly missed recording double-doubles. Oken-Berg had 13 points and nine rebounds while Lincoln tallied nine points and 12 rebounds.
The stands of Thorpe Natatorium were filled with friends, family, and professors, as the Knights honored the 13 senior swim and dive team members. For the class of 2009, this would be their last time swimming at a duel meet at Thorpe. Making the meet even more exciting was the fact that the Knights would be swimming against cross-town rival, St. Olaf.