KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Carleton College senior defender Neil Bartholomay (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) added yet another award to his athletic résumé as he was a repeat selection to the NCAA Division III All-America Team as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Bartholomay was joined on the NSCAA’s All-North Region team by forward Branden McGarrity (So./Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) and midfielder Will Corcoran (Sr./Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi).
All three players were instrumental in the Knights winning the MIAC Playoffs title and earning a second straight trip to the NCAA Championships. Carleton finished the 2013 campaign with a 15-3-3 overall record and 7-2-1 ledger in MIAC action.
A year after being a third-team selection, Bartholomay is one of four defenders named to the 2013 NSCAA All-America Second Team. The NSCAA recognized a total of 41 players across Division III in naming its first-, second-, and third-team All-America squads. Of that elite group, Bartholomay was one of only two defenders that were repeat picks in 2013, and he joins Robert Carlton ’10 as the only two-time All-Americans in Carleton soccer history.
“Neil capped a remarkable career with an outstanding 2013,” said Carleton head coach Bob Carlson. “He led our group with his relentless defending, his steadfast leadership, and his drive to win. He's among the finest defenders to wear the Carleton jersey, and his well-deserved post-season honors are a tribute to his talent, character, and work ethic.”
A true factor at both ends of the field, Bartholomay started all 21 games and played a conference-leading 1949 minutes throughout the campaign. From his center back position, the two-time captain helped anchor a Knights’ defense that finished with 10 shutouts and a 0.64 goals against average, a figure that ranked 16th in the nation for 2013.
Carleton yielded just six goals all season to the top 20 goal scorers in the MIAC and for the second straight year did not surrender a goal to St. Scholastica, the top-scoring squad—by a wide margin—in NCAA Division I, II, and III men’s soccer.
Despite putting the majority of his efforts into preventing the opposition from scoring, Bartholomay delivered at the offensive end as well, tallying five goals. That figure ranked third on the Knights and first in the conference amongst defenders. In fact, he was 15th among all conference players.
Bartholomay finished his career with 12 goals and eight assists as he broke the team record for games played (81) and shattered the mark for career starts (79).
“Neil will be greatly missed on many levels next year, but we will still benefit from the legacy of success he and his fellow seniors built during a fantastic four years for us,” Carlson explained. “I know a leader like Neil will be successful on any path he chooses after Carleton.”
McGarrity, like Bartholomay, was an All-North Region First-Team selection in 2012 and again in 2013. The duo made Carleton one of just five program’s across the nation with two repeat All-Region first teamers.
A year after pacing the MIAC in goals and points, McGarrity tied for second among MIAC players in both categories during 2013. Slowed by a knee injury to begin the season, once he got rolling McGarrity was nearly unstoppable as he scored his team-leading 11 goals over a 14-match stretch. The statistics prove his ability to deliver in the clutch as he posted a conference-best six game-winning tallies, including the lone goal in Carleton’s 1-0 win at St. Olaf in the MIAC Playoffs semifinal.
In addition to the half-dozen game winners, McGarrity had two other scores that put Carleton in front and two more that came with the Knights leading by a single goal. Two of his four assists came on game winners, and the others extended one-goal leads for Carleton. He finished with 26 points, tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in team history.
McGarrity’s 11 goals this year also tied for sixth-most in a single campaign. He has now totaled 30 goals through his first two seasons, leaving him only five scores shy of Tim Wills ’12 team record for career goals.
“Once more Branden was the engine that fueled our attack in 2013,” Carlson said. “Despite a very significant knee injury early in preseason, as well as a nagging calf problem, he found new ways to finish, and he scored numerous important goals for us. His overtime strike against Concordia was a great goal on any level, and his game winner in the MIAC semifinal on the frozen tundra was a special moment for the entire program.
“Branden is committed to getting better and his willingness to push himself and his teammates is encouraging for the 2014 campaign.”
A two-time all-conference selection, Corcoran earned his first berth on the All-Region squad at the outside midfielder position. He was named to the NSCAA’s North Region Second Team after pacing the Knights with five assists and ranking second on the squad with his six goals.
He accumulated 17 points on the year, ranking 11th in the conference. Additionally, his four game-winning goals rank fourth in the conference. His two biggest goals of the year undoubtedly came against Saint John’s in the finals of the MIAC Playoffs, leading Carleton to the 2-1 victory and sending the Knights to the NCAA Tournament.
With McGarrity slow to break into the scoring column, Corcoran provided the Knights with a spark by figuring in five of the squad’s first nine goals of the season, helping the team jump out to a 5-1-2 record.
With 20 career goals, Corcoran tied for eighth in team history while his 18 total assists rank sixth all-time and his 58 career points are seventh highest in the record book. He appeared in 80 games over his four seasons, making 70 starts for the fifth-highest figure in program annals.
“Will earned his place on the All-Region team by dominating the left flank for us,” said Carlson. “His speed, strength, and ability to take on defenders sparked our team's attack. His play on the wing provided a constant threat to either create a chance for his teammates or finish a chance by himself. As a captain, his willingness to say the right things at the right time inspired our team. He and our other seniors built an important foundation for future teams.”
Corcoran’s inclusion on the All-North Region Team marked the seventh consecutive year that the Knights had multiple All-Region selections and the fourth time with at least three honorees.