NORTHFIELD, Minn. – It is no secret that the Carleton College men’s soccer team had a great season in 2012, and this year’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) awards confirm just that. On the heels of their fifth conference title in six seasons, four members of this year’s squad were voted to the All-MIAC First Team. Additionally, senior co-captain Alex Voorhes (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) earned all-conference honorable mention, and Bob Carlson was selected by his peers as the 2012 MIAC Coach-of-the-Year.
For the sixth year in a row, Carleton had at least three players named to the All-MIAC First Team. This time junior defender Neil Bartholomay (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) was joined on the All-MIAC squad by classmates Will Corcoran (Mahtomedi, Minn.) and Simon Ginet (Arlington, Mass.). Rookie Branden McGarrity (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) rounded out the Knights’ dynamic quartet of first-team selections.
The Knights finished the campaign 17-2-2 (8-1-1 MIAC) and made their second-ever trip to the NCAA Championships. Carleton was ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association, helping Carlson secure his third Coach-of-the-Year awards (also 2007 and 2008).
Bartholomay built upon a great 2011 season—one that saw him receive all-conference honorable mention—to anchor the Knights’ defense that gave up only 11 goals this season, earning the team the ninth-lowest goals against average (0.50) in Division III. Despite playing along the backline, Bartholomay had a big impact on the offense. He tied for most assists (4) among MIAC defenders and was second at his position with four goals.
His defensive work shutdown the top scorers in the conference and the country. The Knights limited the MIAC’s top-10 non-Carleton goal scorers to a grand total of just one goal. The last two conference players-of-the-year were held scoreless and limited to only four total shots. In October, the Knights not only shutout College of St. Scholastica—the top scoring team in the NCAA (all divisions) by a wide margin—the Knights limited the Saints to only five total shots in Carleton’s 2-0 win.
While Bartholomay was helping limit opposing teams from scoring, Corcoran, Ginet, and McGarrity ranked as three of the top goal scorers in the MIAC. The Knights outscored the opposition 62-11 this season, with Carleton’s goal total ranking eighth in the nation.
From an outside midfield position, Corcoran tallied eight goals and added seven assists to finish with 23 points, which ranked seventh among MIAC players this year. He tallied a pair of game winners, including the semifinal match against Saint John’s in the conference tournament.
Ginet was a strong force both on the field and on the scoreboard. He made the most of his first season as a starter as he became the first Carleton player ever to tally double digits in both goals (12) and assists (10) during the same season. His goal total finished fourth in the MIAC, while he ranked second in both assists and points (34). He tallied five game-winning goals—tied for third in the conference—and assisted on two others.
One of only two rookies named to All-MIAC squad, McGarrity paced the MIAC in goals (19) and points (42) and shattered the Carleton single-season records in both categories. He is already tied for 10th on the Knights’ career list. His goal total was tied for fifth in Division III—and eighth across all NCAA divisions—during the regular season, while his point total ranked ninth in D-III (13th across all NCAA divisions). He was the only first-year among top 20 goal scorers in D-III and one of only two rookies across the nation (all NCAA Divisions) with 16+ goals. McGarrity notched six game-winning goals, including both victories during the final week of the regular season to secure the MIAC crown and earn team at-large bid to NCAA Tournament.
Voorhees tied for 10th in the MIAC with six goals and 18 points as he also ranked ninth with six assists. He became a key contributor down the stretch as all but one goal and one assist came over the Carleton’s final 12 contests. The senior started every game this season and helped to unite the younger players on and off the field.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the seventh annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for football. Joey Pedtke (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Township) was selected by his coaches and teammates as an individual who demonstrates ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.