Despite a ruckus crowd bolstered by parent’s weekend, the inspired women’s volleyball team could not pull off the upset of 21st ranked College of St. Benedict’s College Blazers last Friday, losing in five sets (18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 12-15).
The Knights recorded their first loss of the season in a 1-0 heartbreaker against Augsburg College last Saturday. Despite out-shooting the Auggies 9-6, the hot-gunning Knights were unable to find the back of the net for only the second time this season. While the battle seemed even in the opening minutes of the first half, the Augsburg offense scrounged a loose ball in the Knight’s defensive third and managed to barely place it by a sprawling Pete Semmer ’11 for the first and only goal of the match. Though the Knights battled back bravely and seemed to be on the verge of taking over several times, the Augsburg defense managed to clear several balls off the goal line to preserve their fragile lead. While the Knights were unable to bury the bone, senior captain Bobby Phillips provided several opportunities with his penetrating runs and tireless hustle throughout the game. Another bright spot for the Knights was the performance of freshman Andrew Thappa, who came agonizingly close to finishing on a few occasions and generally proved to be a nuisance to the Augsburg defense.
The Women’s Soccer team has had more losses this season than originally hoped for, but most of their losses have been to nationally ranked teams so there has been no loss in confidence or excitement for the team. They are playing well, looking good, and getting ready for a big next couple of weeks.
With a roster filled with such household names as Ziller, Henfling, Ramey, and Frank, it was only a matter of time before the Carleton Knights, already known as the nation’s classiest team with the most attractive fans, were officially recognized as the top football program in the MIAC. That time came last Saturday, when the Knights defeated the previously unbeaten Augsburg Auggies at their own stat-padding game in a 49-41 shootout. When the offensive dust had settled, it was Carleton that was left alone atop the conference standings for the first time in over a decade.
Carleton’s cross country teams will host their only full-squad home meet of the season—the Running of the Cows—tomorrow in the upper arb.
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.