Carlson is a hard worker who provides the Bulldogs with depth in goal. At Moorestown High School, he earned three letters. As the captain in 2002, he led the squad to the league championship and posted 11 shutouts with a 0.65 goals against average. He was named team MVP as a senior and earned honorable mention all-state recognition. As a sophomore in 2000, Carlson posted 13 shutouts to lead his squad to the New Jersey Group II state championship. Carlson also participated in the New Jersey Olympic Development program.