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Roth earns second consecutive Scholar All-America nod

December 10, 2018 at 5:01 pm
By Annika Martensson '19
Mark Roth
Mark Roth
Photo: Mo McConnell '20

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Carleton College senior defender Mark Roth (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) is a repeat selection as a NCAA Division III Scholar All-American by the United Soccer Coaches (USC) association. He is one of 10 players selected to the Scholar All-American First Team.

Roth was also named to the Scholar All-North/Central Region First Team for the second consecutive season.

To be eligible for selection to the Scholar All-Region and All-America teams, a student-athlete must meet the following criteria:
• be a junior or above in academic standing at his current institution
• possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
• start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors (i.e., all-conference) or contributions to the success of his team.
• play for a current USC member institution.

Roth, who was honored as a Third Team Scholar All-American in 2017 owns a cumulative 3.61 GPA as a Computer Science major. The senior was one of only two defenders in all of Division III to be named a Scholar All-American in both 2017 and 2018.

Roth, who was also tabbed a Second Team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches Association earlier this month, is one of only three defenders to have earned both Scholar All-America and All-America status this season.

The dynamic defender was a key player for one of the stingiest defenses in the country as the Knights’ .503 goals against average ranked second in the North Region, eighth in D-III and 17th across all three NCAA divisions. Meanwhile, Carleton’s region-best 12 shutouts on the year were 12th in D-III and ranked within the top-20 across all divisions of NCAA men’s soccer.

Not only was Roth a lockdown defender for the Knights, but the dual-threat outside back that helped lead the Knights attack. His eight assists on the season were the most for any defender in the region, the fifth most among D-III defenders, and tied for seventh for all NCAA defenders throughout the 2018 season. Roth also scored his first four career goals this season and tied the MIAC lead with a trio of game-winning goals during conference play.

Roth and former Carleton defender, Neil Bartholomay are the only Carleton players in the program’s storied history to earn both Scholar All-America and All-America distinction in the same year. Bartholomay nabbed the dual honors back in 2013.

The lengthy list of postseason accolades for Roth now includes his two-time selection as a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American, a 2018 United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-American, a two-time United Soccer Coaches First-Team Scholar All-North/Central Region, two-time United Soccer Coaches All-North Region defender, a three-time all-conference performer, and the 2018 MIAC Player-of-the-Year.

The only other MIAC player named to any of the three USC Scholar All-American squads in 2018 was Daniel Hedstrom of Augsburg University.

Thanks in large part to Roth’s leadership and skill, Carleton finished its historic season with a 16-2-3 ledger, one victory shy of the team record. The Knights’ season included their MIAC-record 12th consecutive trip to the conference’s postseason tournament, a MIAC Playoff Championship, a return to the NCAA Championships, and a 16-match unbeaten streak stretching nearly two months.