Championshp season has come to Carleton. Last weekend, Carleton fans braved the cold weather to watch both the men’s and women’s soccer teams win in the MIAC Championship game, with the women defeating Concordia 3-0, while the men needed penalty kicks to defeat Augsburg.
There have been some magical happenings on Bell Field this past week for Carleton women’s soccer. Last Saturday, the Knights faced Concordia in the MIAC Playoffs Championship game. There was a lot on the line, as the winning team received not only the prestige of being the best in the conference, but also an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship tournament.
Despite swirling winds as high as 30 mph and a 5-degree windchill, the Carleton aerial attack was very effective, totaling 372 yards in the passing game as the Knights rallied for a 41-28 victory at Concordia. Carleton scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away for the victory.
Though the wind howled and sky threatened to pour out its wrath on those assembled at Bell last Saturday, the men’s soccer team calmly and coolly guaranteed themselves a spot in the NCAA Championships with a penalty kick shootout victory over Augsburg.
Carleton’s cross country runners were in action again last week, facing the rival Oles in the Great Karhu Shoe Race.
Soccer teams advance to MIAC playoff finals The men take the conference title for the second consecutive year and move up to 7th in the nation
The high-flying Knights have claimed consecutive conference crowns with an exhilarating 2-0 win against St. Olaf in their final regular season game.
Carleton has been represented well by its women’s soccer team this past week. On Saturday they came out on fire against cross-town rival, St. Olaf. After being kept out of the play-offs last year by Olaf, the Knights were determined to make this year different. The first half was one of their most intense, focused starts of a game all season and their determined energy paid off. In the seventh minute, Sophie Wood ’09 got on the end of a beautiful corner kick by Lily VanderStaay ’12, heading it past Olaf’s goalie with precision and poise.
After four back-and-forth quarters that most football pundits have dubbed simply “The Shane Henfling Show,” the Carleton Knights are back in their rightful place in the MIAC football standings: first.
Saturday, the women’s cross country team left the rest of the MIAC quaking in its boots as they grabbed 3rd in the conference championship, two points behind Bethel, and a mere five points behind St. Thomas, who won the meet with 66 points.
Saturday, the men’s cross country team put its collective fitness to an extremely difficult test, facing not only a talented group of MIAC foes but also a challenging course at Como Park in St. Paul.
Carleton’s women’s volleyball team avenged last season’s loss to St. Olaf College Oles by defeating their cross-town rivals in five sets (25-17, 25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 15-9) last Saturday night. With this victory, the Knights (11-14, 5-6 MIAC) ended their season in a three-way tie for sixth place.
More than 5,700 college, high school and club swimmers from nearly 100 different teams jumped into the pool on Thursday, Nov. 6 with the same goal in mind––going all out for an hour in the name of cancer research.