Boys Soccer: Potomac Falls Midfielder Colin McMunn Commits to DIII Christopher Newport

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Sterling, Va. — Potomac Falls High School senior midfielder Colin McMunn has committed to continue his athletic and academic careers at Christopher Newport University starting in the 2019-2020 school year.

“I’ve been in love with [soccer]ever since I was a little kid. There is something about the comradery and competitiveness in the game that makes this the ultimate team sport,” the 5-foot-7 McMunn said. “No one man can carry a team.”

McMunn drew inspiration from his older sisters to play soccer and began playing when he was just five-years-old.

The current Christopher Newport men’s soccer team is led by 12-year head coach Steve Shaw and assistant coaches Justin Chezem, Ryan Hagerty, and Chris McHugh. The Division III Captains finished with a 7-8-1 record in the 2018 fall season and went 3-4-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference. Assistant Coach Justin Chezem will take the reins for the Captains in the upcoming 2019 season, as Shaw enters retirement.

“I chose Christopher Newport because of the great academics, in particular the business school because of the tight coupling with W&M MBA program. Additionally, they are one of the best DIII soccer programs in the country,” said McMunn, who is currently involved in the DECA program at Potomac Falls to kickstart his business skills.

McMunn started his college commitment search on the Bethesda Academy soccer team in eighth grade but switched to the Loudoun 01 Red team at the beginning of his junior year to gain more opportunities for recruitment.

“Loudoun is by far the best club for college recruiting in the area,” McMunn said. “Once I committed, I felt that I could stop focusing on college soccer and start putting time into Potomac Falls and making the best of my senior year.”

In his first year playing for Potomac Falls, McMunn is currently leading the Panthers boys soccer team as a dangerous part of the offense scoring almost half of the Panthers’ goals this season. Potomac Falls is currently 2-10-1, having won their first game in three years when they defeated Tuscarora on April 11.

“I’m looking forward to being a dangerous threat in the attack at the next level and helping CNU towards winning a national championship,” McMunn said. “Over the last 2 years, my club coach Mark Ryan has pushed me to become a more dynamic threat on the wing. I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

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Anna Shapiro

Anna Shapiro is a junior at Potomac Falls High School. In 2018, Shapiro helped lead the Panthers to the VHSL 5C Region crown in field hockey. Outside of sports, Shapiro is on the Potomac Falls yearbook and newsmagazine staffs. Shapiro has a passion for writing and journalism, and she hopes to pursue a career in journalism.

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