By Anthony Federico

The games began at 9:00 am as excited fans, friends, and family gathered to watch the matches between St. Charles Borromeo, St. Mary’s, Mount Saint Mary’s, and Theological College. After Bishop Timothy Senior celebrated Mass for all the seminarians in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, TC advanced to the championship game with a 2-0 semifinal win over Saint Charles Borromeo.  Both goals were scored by D.J. Egan on assists from Rijo Philip.  The four teams and all spectators broke for a generous lunch provided by TC on the Basilica’s mall lawn before heading to the main athletic complex at the Catholic University of America’s DuFour Center for the championship game.  The Mount retained its title but Theological College has definitively narrowed the gap between the two teams.  Egan scored the lone goal for TC in the title contest.  Saint Charles Borromeo defeated Saint Mary’s seminary in the consolation game.  After the games, the seminarians prayed evening prayer and had dinner together on the mall, again hosted by TC’s own chef, Sunder Michael.  According to one TC sports fan, “Theological College pushed forward strongly, holding its composure against great odds—mostly in terms of sheer numbers from the opposition—and earned its second-place standing. But it ranked first place by a long stretch for hospitality, collegiality, and sportsmanship!”