Devastator of the Week: Dan Carlson ‘19
Hometown: Littleton, MA
Why: Carlson started all three games in net during the men’s soccer team’s NESCAC Championship run. He played every minute of regulation and overtime. Carlson also saved 25 of 26 shots, recording two shutouts.
Colby Echo (Echo): How did it feel to win the NESCAC Championship?
Dan Carlson (DC): It’s hard to describe the feeling in words but it is definitely one that I won’t forget. Maybe the best way to verbalize it is a sensation of validation: as a team, we have logged countless hours working and preparing to get to this moment. The lads are hitting stride at the right time, having persevered through the ups and downs of the season, and making this historic run in my last year playing competitive soccer is something truly special. Sharing that moment with my favorite people was surreal– I look forward to the opportunity to compete for a national title.
Echo: You saved 25 of 26 shots in your three postseason games. Can you walk us through what led to this postseason success?
DC: I like to view the game as a series of opportunities. Looking at each task individually allows me to focus on what’s important in the moment to best help my team succeed.
Echo: Was there one save in particular that you’ll remember for a long time?
DC: These games have gone by so quickly it’s hard to look back and pick out any particular save as the most memorable. I would say that one save late in the first half against Amherst was one of the more important saves to make to keep the boys ahead going into the half.
Echo: Your team became the first eighth seed to win the NESCAC title. What changed between the regular season and postseason that led to your team’s playoff run?
DC: We have been playing the same way all season, so, to be honest, I don’t feel as though anything has changed. The positive results that our team has deservedly earned come from each player focusing on his individual job and playing to the best of his ability for each lad beside him. There will be no surprises going forward–we will continue to focus on what is in our control, outwork any opponent we face, and enjoy every second while we do it.
Echo: What’s your favorite part of being on the soccer team over your four years here?
DC: I feel extremely grateful to have connected and grown relationships with lifelong friends on this team. Before I became a [Colby Men’s Soccer] lad, I had no idea that I would become a part of what I can only describe as a family of brothers.
Echo: How do you hope to carry this success into the NCAA tournament?
DC: We are going to enjoy every moment with each other and compete every day so that we can earn another week together as a team. We all have the confidence and expectation that we are going to bring a national championship home to Waterville from North Carolina.
Echo: Anything else you want to say?
DC: I am extremely proud of what the lads have accomplished this season and excited to continue postponing retirement one week at a time.