Dec 31, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT
Believe it or not, 2014 is approaching faster than the snow is falling in South Bend. The turning of the calendar is just a day away, and in celebration of a terrific 2013, we have looked back at a year’s worth of Monogram Club events, accomplishments and great Notre Dame camaraderie. After November’s news on the letter jacket ceremony, “12 Months of Monogram” moves to Philly, where the Irish men’s soccer team closed out the year in style…
The Notre Dame men’s soccer team made history on Dec. 15 in Philadelphia, clinching the program’s first national championship with a 2-1 victory over ACC foe Maryland. The Irish were led by goals from Leon Brown, who entered the game early in relief for an injured Vince Cicciarelli, and Andrew O’Malley, whose header in the 60th minute proved to be the game-winner.
Notre Dame became the fourth school to win national titles in both men’s and women’s soccer, joining North Carolina, Santa Clara and UCLA. The Irish women’s team has three national championships (1995, 2004, 2010).
Upon arriving home, the team was greeted with a fantastic welcome home rally in Heritage Hall. While all national championships are special, perhaps the men’s soccer title even means a little more to the Monogram Club, as Executive Director Beth Hunter serves as the team’s administrator.
For more on this year’s magical soccer season, check out the timeline here and watch the videos below.