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.
It was a wonderful day for Carleton Cross-Country this past Saturday. On this sunny, 45-degree morning, Carleton cross-country members of the past and present stepped on the line. This year’s annual Running of the Cows meet brought together Carleton’s current and alumni runners to run and be merry.
With a convincing 1-0 win over Hamline University, the Carleton men’s soccer team clinched a spot in the post-season MIAC playoffs for a second consecutive year. Though the Knights had previously faced difficulties against the Pipers, not beating them in four years, history was erased as the Knights dominated the match. Wes Elfman ’11, sealed the Knights’ victory with an immaculate finish off of an impeccable pass by senior captain Paul Pedtke. Also critical in the Knights’ victory was the rock solid performance of Ross Hamilton ’10, whose command of the midfield allowed the Knights free reign over the reeling Pipers.
The women’s soccer team has had a great week. Over parents weekend they defeated Hamline, with a score of 4-1.
In a game filled with numerous heroic Knight performances, the kind that ballads and roundtable discussions and animated movies are made of, Carleton was unable to overcome several bad bounces as Gustavus handed the Maize and Blue their first loss of the season, a 29-30 nail-biter.
Chris Marshall ’10 led the Knights in scoring for the third time this season, amassing 20 points with his 27:41 race. Marshall has scored 330 points this year.