2012 Alumni Weekend: A Brief Recap and a Few Pics

Alumni and Varsity

Recap: Alumni vs Varsity: 4-3 - Alumni goals by Ben Chavez (2) and Johnny Melcher (2) - Varsity goals by Garrett Getschow (2) and Alex Frazier (1)

Color Cup: Silver Silver Boot: Johnny Melcher Bloody Guard: Jason Belvill Powder Blue: Jared Gomez

Another great weekend this year. Highlights of the weekend included an emotional Pat McKenna, Cast Away Dan Walsh, Dan Walsh as Brandi Chastain, Titanic star Kate (I mean) Jason Belvill, Friend and G Walsh in the Women's restroom, and Jamie Burgener. Of course the weekend began with the traditional kick around at the Bird's Nest. The seniors delivered the beer (although Bud Light and Coors were the highlights) and it started at 1500 sharp. Doug Hill is running a tight ship these days. Several of the Alums were missing in action as they were still refining their strokes for the golf scramble on Sunday. Nonetheless, the Alums that showed were reminded of the lack of oxygen at 7,258 feet. After the kick around, everyone met up at the Colorado Mountain Brewery for the start of the evening. A shout out to the folks over at the CMB for putting up with about 110 alums instead of 50 that the reservation was made for (talk to DDub about this one). I do believe that we occupied the entire bar most of the evening. Somehow everyone managed to escape even with the shenanigans of Burgener. The stories for remainder of the evening shall go unpublished.

The next morning, the typical meeting started sharply at the unscheduled time of 1130ish. Not to fear though, the alumni fielded a strong team guided by the Guatemalan wisdom of Coach Lou Sagastume. Warm-up was an interesting mix of hangovers and hairstyles and some interesting stretching. Kick off began at the height of the day and the Varsity looked on form. The Alumni on the field were getting into the flow while the Alumni bench was in excellent form hugging the touchline with constant banter. Less than 15 min in, the Varsity found themselves up a goal scored by Garret Getschow. Hill promptly delivered the AED to the Sagastume bench...challenge extended. Fortunately, the Alumni answered several minutes later with a fantastic finish by Ben Chavez ('12). We're all still wondering how this new Alum even made it to the game, but the Alumni were celebrating. AED delivered back to the Varsity...challenge accepted. At this point I don't remember the order events but they can be summed up with another goal from the Varsity's Getschow, I believe a missed Varsity PK, and a fantastic goal from the young Johnny Melcher ('12). I think this brought us to halftime where a Miss Lexie Friend had a birthday and Referee Clark was honored by Brandi Chastain (a.k.a. Danny Walsh). Yes, he really did that. Go ahead and stare at that picture again. Wow.

Brandi

The second half brought more fine play by both the Varsity and the Alumni. Jared Gomez had an unfortunate unathletic and unmarked stumbling shot that might have made it close to the Varsity goal (I'm trying to be nice here) which he probably regrets now. Alex Frazier of the Varsity put them up for a few moments. But then, Melcher captured the prized silver boot with a cracker of a free kick from 25 out hitting the V. I'm sure the fake attempt by Kip Kiefer threw everyone off (including the Alumni sideline and one Varsity wall member). Throughout the game the Alumni defense was pretty solid with rock solid goalkeeping in the back. Much of the hard defense can be single-handedly accredited to Jason Belvill with stunning and unorthodox tackles (thanks for not injuring the Varsity). Chavez scored another late goal to seal the win for the Alumni. Final score through all my rambling was 4-3 Alumni. The Varsity played well and the Alumni were impressed with their play. The fellas should do well this coming year.

Now, onto the real games. The Color Cup saw a Blue vs Yellow and a Red vs Gray semi-final. I don't know many of the details of these games although I heard the Blue-Yellow match was a nail-biter with a Blue goal coming very, very late to put them through to the Finals. The Red-Gray match was also close with Gray scoring two questionably offsides goals and Red battle back to tie the match and send it to kicks. Unfortunately, Gray was able to move into the Finals after 7 or 8 kicks from the mark. Unfortunate. The final was a top-notch battle with few chances and solid defense. Then, late in the second, Ben Mackey took a wonderful dive (this, of course, is debatable) and Gray netted the winner. Congrats to Silver for their first Cup in a long while.

Official Saturday events ended with a recap of the day's events and a tribute to Pat McKenna. I'll post the video on youtube one of these days. If you can't find it, then you'll just have to make it to the next weekend and I'm sure G Walsh or Pat has a copy lying around. The Color Cup was awarded to Silver. Johnny Melcher was awarded the Silver Boot. Jason Belvill took home the Bloody Guard. And, Jared Gomez donned the legendary Powder Blue. The stories of the rest of the evening shall again remain unpublished.

Sunday saw the Annual Golf Scramble and Ball Toss. I'm going to let the pictures tell the story here, as I'm tired of writing... Overall, great weekend. If you missed it this year plan to be there in 2013. We're looking at the Fall Alumni Weekend to be in Sept/Oct and we'll get that out as soon as we know.

A few pics are below and the rest of the pics are on our Flickr site: AW2012. Download whatever you'd like (here's a video how to download from flickr). A special thanks to John and Marie Welliver to taking most of the shots!

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