As the calendar prepares to flip to the new year, it provides an opportunity to look back at some of the top Carleton Knights storylines from the last 12 months. Not surprisingly, Carleton student-athletes and teams won countless academic awards in 2022, but there is no way to fit all of those into a top-10 list. Enjoy this stroll down memory lane and get excited about the prospect of what might happen in 2023. Happy New Year!
1) Women’s Cross Country – MIAC Champs, Regional Champs, and 4th place at NCAA Championships
The Knights dominated the field at the MIAC Championships, posting the fourth-lowest winning team score in conference history. Carleton has won 7 of the last 9 conference crowns and 11 of the last 18. Two weeks later, the Knights won the NCAA North Region Championship with all seven Knights earning All-Region honors. The next week, Carleton took fourth place at Nationals, the best-ever showing by a Carleton women’s team entry at the NCAA Championships.
MIAC Championship recap
North Region Championship recap
NCAA Championships Recap
2) Women’s Soccer – Knights win MIAC regular-season title on Casey MacVeagh’s magical goal in closing seconds
With the MIAC regular-season title on the line, the clock winding down, and the Knights trailing 2-1 on the scoreboard, Carleton Women’s Soccer needed a bit of magic… and got it from junior Casey MacVeagh, who scored with only 8 seconds remaining in the game. The 2-2 draw meant that the Knights went undefeated in conference action and won the fourth MIAC crown in team history.
Bell Field magic leads to MIAC title
3) Women’s Golf – MIAC Champions! Young Knights show poise in wire-to-wire win at conference tourney
Having four rookies and a sophomore in the five-player starting lineup was no issue for Carleton Women’s Golf as the Knights secured a six-shot victory at the conference tournament and claimed the MIAC’s automatic bid to the 2023 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships.
MIAC Championships recap
4) Women’s Tennis – Knights beat Gustavus in MIAC Playoffs Final, Return to NCAA Championships
The No. 2 seeded Knights took down top seed and nationally-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College by a 5-1 margin in the finals of the MIAC Playoffs, giving Carleton its fifth conference tournament crown (2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, and 2022). In the process, the Knights avenged their only previous loss on the season. Carleton advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships before falling to No. 1- ranked and national runner-up University of Chicago.
MIAC Playoffs Finals recap
5) Football – Sweep of Trophy Games
The Knights finished the season 7-3 for the second straight campaign, marking the first time that Carleton won at least seven games in back-to-back seasons since 1988 and 1989. The 2022 schedule featured trophy game victories over rivals St. Olaf and Macalester—by a combined score of 82-34!
Knights keep the Book of Knowledge
We Got the Goat
6) Baseball – Kiefer Lord picks up MIAC Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-American Awards
Sophomore Kiefer Lord dominated on the mound last spring for Carleton, going 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 81 strikeouts in only 49.0 innings. He was named MIAC Pitcher of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by D3baseball.com, becoming only the program’s second All-American over the last 30 years. He led all NCAA pitchers (all divisions) with a 0.69 WHIP ratio. Among Division III hurlers he was fourth in hits per 9 innings (4.96), fifth in strikeouts per 9 innings (14.88), and 10th in ERA. Those hoping to catch him in action this coming season will have to head out west as Lord is now pitching for the University of Washington (NCAA Division I).
Kiefer Lord tabbed All-American
7) Men’s Soccer – The Playoff Streak Continues
Carleton Men’s Soccer has enjoyed a run of sustained success unseen elsewhere in the MIAC as the Knights have advanced to the MIAC Playoffs 15 consecutive times. For comparison, the conference’s second-longest active streak is 8 straight postseason bids for Macalester.
Carleton rallies to clinch playoff berth
8) Women’s Basketball – Knights return to MIAC Playoffs, Beat Macalester
The Knights returned to the MIAC Playoffs for the first time since 2008 and defeated Macalester 56-48 for Carleton’s first postseason win since the 2008 MIAC Playoff Finals. Due to COVID-19’s effect on the 2021-22 schedule, the MIAC turned the conference playoffs into an all-comers 12-team tournament. However, the Knights put together a late 7-game win streak to climb from No. 10 to No. 6 in the standings, which would have been good for a berth in the more-selective six-team MIAC Playoffs in other years.
Playoff game recap
9) General — More All-America Awards for the Knights
In addition to Kiefer Lord in baseball, five other Carleton student-athletes combined to win seven more All-America Awards.
• Clara Mayfield and Katherine Geist placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the finals of the mile run at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. Those were the program’s top mile finishes ever at the indoor national meet.
• Mayfield became Carleton’s first outdoor track & field All-American since 2016 when she finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run in May.
• Following a successful run through the doubles bracket at the 2022 ITA Midwest Regional Championship in September, sophomores Amelia Asfaw and Mariam Nechiporuk added their names to the list of women’s tennis All-Americans. While the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) won’t officially announce its 2022-23 All-America Team until after the spring portion of the season, Asfaw and Nechiporuk have already met the criteria by winning the ITA Regional. They also were able to compete at the ITA Cup—formerly the ITA National Small College Championships.
• At the 2022 NCAA Cross Country Championships in November, Mayfield (third place) and Hannah Preisser (15th) become the fourth pair of Knight teammates to earn All-America honors in the same year. Mayfield made history as the first Carleton woman to earn All-America recognition three times in cross country. Her third-place result was the best by a Knight since Shelley Scherer and Anna Prineas won back-to-back national titles in 1987 and 1988.
10) General — Coaching Changes
Four new coaches were hired during 2022.
• Abby Monson took over the volleyball program in January
• In March, Guy Kalland retired after 38 years leading men’s basketball program and long-time assistant Ryan Kershaw was named head coach in April.
• Alec Holcomb (baseball) and Sloan Wallgren (men’s & women’s golf) were brought on board this month.
Abby Monson named volleyball coach
Guy Kalland retires
Ryan Kershaw takes helm of men’s basketball program
Alec Holcomb to guide baseball program
Sloan Wallgren to lead men’s & women’s golf