ACC Men’s Soccer Championship

This past weekend the Maryland SoccerPlex (Montgomery County) played host to some of the best collegiate soccer in the county – ACC Men’s Soccer Championship.  The final four teams made their way to Montgomery County for the semi-finals Friday night under the lights.  The two matches played to overtime with the University of North Carolina taking the early match and the University of Maryland taking the night cap.

I had the good fortune to travel over the SoccerPlex on Sunday afternoon for the championship match between the Tar Heels and Terrapins. The Terrapins won the match 2-1 (complete match recap) in front of a capacity crowd of over 9,000.  The atmosphere was definitely that deserving of a championship match.  The stands were packed and the end zone was filled with a very energetic and robust Maryland student section.  And as someone who was charged with ensuring unspectacular the weather, I delivered a beautiful and sunny mid 60 degree day…in November!

I want to take a moment to congratulate the University of Maryland on their ACC Men’s Soccer Championship crown.  More importantly, I would like to thank and congratulate the Maryland SoccerPlex for their commitment to delivering a first-class event at their first-class facility.  The pitch looked outstanding, the venue was well dressed and the staffing was great. SoccerPlex Executive Director, Trish Heffelfinger’s team did an outstanding job of working with the ACC, the participating universities and provided a great fan experience. They definitely showcased the State of Maryland at its best.  I tip my hat to our friends at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Next stop the 2012 NCAA Men’s College Cup! 

Maryland opens the College Cup as the #2 seed and will take on the winner of the Brown v. Drexel on November 18th at home.

The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers also qualified for the NCAA Men’s College Cup.  Retrievers will open their quest for the College Cup on the road at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA on November 15th.

Maryland will have to win four matches and UMBC will have to win five matches to have a chance to compete for the College Cup on December 9, 2012.

Good luck to both the Retrievers and Terps!

Complete College Cup bracket

7th Annual Potomac Junior Bonspiel

This exciting event is taking place November 2nd through the 4th at The Potomac Curling Club of the National Capital Curling Center in Laurel, MD. The First Draw is Friday at 7pm, the Expected Finals are to take place Sunday at 11:30am. (Times are subject to change)

Teams of all abilities are welcome! A maximum of 16 teams can be accommodated, and they plan to adhere to a 2-tiered draw format, with both recreational and competitive levels, in keeping with the tradition of our event.  The Potomac Curling Club has held many outstanding events at their location, including their yearly opener, the 2012 Inaugural Bonspiel which took place this past October.  Their next big event coming up is the NGCC Junior Playdowns which will take place from December 26th to December 31st.  You can find out more about this event and upcoming events by visiting www.curldc.org.

The game of curling was originally played by the Scottish and started back in the 16th century. It wasn’t until the 1830’s when the Scottish settlers brought the game to Michigan and from there it spread to the states of North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Many people are not aware of how the sport of curling has taken off with growth. Today in the U.S. there are about 135 clubs and increasing. There is a U.S. Junior National Team and a U.S. Wheelchair Team.

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Here are some general key things to know about the sport of Curling:

  • Be honest. There are rarely referees or umpires in curling, so the game depends on players to police themselves and one another, especially during league play. If perchance you accidentally burn a stone, it is expected that you will be the first to announce it.
  • Be a good sport. Congratulate players, both teammates and opponents, when they make a good shot. By the same standard, do not embarrass a player who has missed a shot. Cheering a missed shot is considered in poor taste and poor sportsmanship. Also do not make light of any bad fortune that befalls your opponent.
  • Keep the game moving. A standard eight end game takes 2 full hours to play, so it’s a courtesy to your team, your opponents, and anybody playing after you to be on time, prompt and mindful of the clock. If you start late or play slowly, do not assume that you will be able to play a complete, 8-end game. If you notice that you are a full end or two behind all the other sheets, pick up the pace.

Be sure to check out the National Governing Body for USA Curling at www.uscurl.org for more information about the sport and the organization itself! See you soon, on the ice in Maryland.