Its fall, and that means IM’s galore! Although the premature chills and rain might hamper some leagues, Carls are just that dedicated, or crazy, with some of the wettest days being the most attended. There are currently 7 leagues (Flag Football, 3x3 Basketball, Ultimate, Tennis, Sand Volleyball, Dodgeball, and the new addition Racquetball).
After falling behind early, the Carleton College women’s soccer team rallied for a crucial 3-1 triumph at St. Catherine University behind the first career hat trick by sophomore Niki Tomita. The victory moved the Knights (8-5-4/5-2-3 MIAC) into a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings. Carleton needs a win over crosstown rival St. Olaf College on Saturday to clinch a berth in the MIAC Playoffs.
The men’s soccer team traveled to Colorado Springs this past weekend for two important games against regional opponents at Colorado College. Despite several travel delays, the Knights came prepared for the weekend’s challenges.
There were moments early in the second half when it looked like Carleton College was capable of a monumental upset, but in the end, the relentless rushing attack of No. 19 University of St. Thomas was too much for the Knights, as the visitors pulled away late for a 48-28 win.
Tomorrow afternoon, Carleton’s harriers will race at the MIAC Championships at Como Park in St. Paul. The Knights look to improve dramatically on last year’s seventh place team finish. Five runners return from last year’s top seven. Charlie Gamble ’10 has led the way for the Knights all season. The San Diego, California native has been Carleton’s top finisher at every meet this season, and is the fifth returner after finishing ninth overall in 2008.
If you were wandering the Lower Arb last Saturday, you may have stumbled across the women’s cross-country team running a 3k time trial. The Lady Knights will use the momentum generated by this speedy effort to launch themselves into the MIAC Championships this Saturday at Como Park in St. Paul.
The Carleton College men’s soccer team beat Augsburg College 2-0 on Saturday to secure the top seed in the MIAC Playoffs. This is the third consecutive MIAC title for the team. Saturday’s win is the ninth straight for the Knights, who are 8-1 in MIAC play.
At the ITA National Small College Champions, Kathryn Schmidt '12 beat the defending NCAA national champion, Lorne McManigle of Emory University. Schmidt held on during a lopsided match, and prevailed 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 over both her opponent and the humidity. Schmidt returned to the court in the finals of the back draw, competing for fifth place nationally. It took four hours and seventeen minutes, but Schmidt pulled out another remarkable victory.
It was deja vu all over again for the Carleton football team last Saturday as the Knights lost on the road for the second straight week in another game that easily could have been won. This time it was Gustavus Adolphus College rallying to beat Carleton 28-21 in the closing seconds. The Knights (3-3, 1-3 MIAC) built a 21-6 lead early in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback Vaughn Schmid connected with his favorite endzone target, Anthony Kemper, for the rookie's second touchdown catch of the day, but the offense went drier than an Olaf dorm party.
After a restful mid-term break, the volleyball team returned to action this past Wednesday taking on 10th ranked St. Thomas in St. Paul. But the Knights’ slow starts in each set were too much to overcome as they lost in three sets 25-21, 25-19, 25-16. The loss brings Carleton's record to 13-8, and 3-5 in the MIAC. Next up for the Knights will be Hamline Universty. Hamline is coming off of their first win in the MIAC after defeating Macalester, a team that Carleton swept in three sets last week.
In their final tune-up before next weekend’s MIAC Championship, the men’s cross country team finished second at Saturday’s Running of the Cows, a small, three-team home meet contested in Upper Arb. Charlie Gamble ’10 led Cornell’s Andrew Tobben for much of the race, but could not hold on to the junior at the end, falling to second place in 26:21. Tobben surged in the final two kilometers to stop the clock at 25:49.
This past Saturday the Carleton Women suffered a frustrating 0-0 draw against Augsburg College. Dominating possession of the ball, the Knights had twenty-two shots to Augsburg’s three. Unfortunately however, the Carleton women are facing the harsh reality that a beautifully played game without a correspondingly positive result will not deliver them to the playoffs.