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March Monthly Preview of Events

March 4, 2015

For Immediate Release
Trish Heffelfinger



Major events at the Maryland SoccerPlex 

and Discovery Sports Center in March 2015

BOYDS, Md. (March 4, 2015) - The spring season kicks off with a vengeance at the Maryland SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center this March, a month packed with a wide range of major events. A few highlights in include the widely attended Suburban Maryland Home Show occurring this weekend, the Next Level Boys Lacrosse Tournament, the Washington Spirit starting their 2015 preseason, the kickoff of SAM Soccer and the MSI Cherry Blossom Classic.

See below for a full rundown of what the SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center have to offer this month.

Indoor turf fields transition to basketball/volleyball courts

March 5 

Every year at the beginning of March, the Discovery Sports Center's two indoor turf soccer fields transition into eight indoor basketball/volleyball courts that are open from March to mid-November.

Suburban Maryland Home Show

Saturday, March 7 - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 8 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Inside the Discovery Sports Center

Suburban Maryland Home Show events are designed for homeowners who are in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. Each event includes home improvement and remodeling exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. Exhibitors provide interactive experiences designed to stimulate creativity and goals for home improvement plans. Show-only deep discounts are available, providing a fantastic opportunity to shop, compare and save all under one roof.

Next Level Boys Lacrosse Tournament  

March 7-8 | Schedule

Location: Fields 18-20 (Turf fields)

Next Level Boys Lacrosse teams ranging from 2nd grade to 8th grade will play in a high level tournament from March 7-8 at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The tournament includes teams such as:  3D, Building Blocks, Cannons, Club Blue, Madlax, MDX, Next Level and Vienna.

Bump, Set, Drink (BSD) Adult Coed Volleyball League

March 12 - First night of preseason/tryouts

March 19 - Second night of preseason/tryouts

March 26 to May 14 - Regular season

May 21, May 28, June 4 - Playoffs

Location: Inside the Discovery Sports Center

The Bump, Set, Drink (BSD) Adult Coed Volleyball League spring season officially begins on Thursday, March 12 with the first night of preseason/tryouts. BSD is the only co-ed volleyball league in Montgomery County in which teams are selected through a preseason draft. BSD is a great atmosphere for friendly competition and for meeting new people, as teams will typically meet for a drink following the Thursday night matches. The league will host up to 30 teams in 2015. Regular registration ended on March 1, but late registrations will still be accepted for $85. Student discounts available. Sign up at or contact Dee Weiss (301-216-0350) or

MVSA Volleyball Tournaments

March 14-15, March 21-22
Location: Inside the Discovery Sports Center

The Montgomery Village Sports Association is hosting two tournaments at the Discovery Sports Center in March. The MVSA 14's and 16's Open/Club age groups will play one-day events on March 14, and the MVSA 17's Open/Club age group will compete on March 15. A total of 48 teams will participate in the tournament. MVSA 13's and 14's Invitational mixed divisions, composed of eight teams each are set to play in a one-day event the following weekend on Saturday, March 21. Sixteen MVSA 15's teams will compete in the event as well on the Open/Club side.


Washington Spirit Preseason

March 14 - Intra-squad Scrimmage/Meet-the-Team and Fan Fest (TBD)

March 21 - Spirit Exhibition Match vs. Virginia Tech (7 p.m.)

March 28 - Spirit Exhibition Match v UVA (7 p.m.)
Location: Maureen Hendricks Field, Maryland SoccerPlex Stadium

The Washington Spirit will host the club's annual Meet-the-Team Event & Fan Fest on Saturday, March 14 at the Maryland SoccerPlex, which will be highlighted by an intra-squad scrimmage. All 2015 season ticket holders and Spirit Academy participants will have early access to the Meet-the-Team event. Season ticket holders will also be able to pick up their season tickets, scarves (for those who qualified) and mingle with the Spirit players, coaches and staff. Gates will open to the general public shortly before kickoff and fans may attend the scrimmage and post-game Meet-the-Team event free of charge. The Spirit will also play two exhibition matches at Maureen Hendricks Field against top local college women's teams including Virginia Tech on Saturday, March 21 and University of Virginia on Saturday, March 28 before rounding out their preseason slate on April 4 against the University of North Carolina.

SAM Soccer

March 14 - SAM Day at Dick's Sporting Goods
Location: Dick's Sporting Goods in Gaithersburg, MD

March 28 to 29 - Beginning of SAM Spring Soccer Season
Location: Complex Wide

SAM Soccer Day at Dick's Sporting Goods in Gaithersburg is March 14. SAM families will receive great savings on all soccer apparel just for being a part of SAM with this 20% off coupon! SAM players will then have a full two weeks to break in their new gear before the spring season kicks off the weekend of March 28-29. 

Holy Cross Germantown Hospital Girl Talk Seminar

March 15 - 3:00-5:00 pm

Location: Great Room

Taught by Neva Powers, RN, Holy Cross Perinatal Educator, the seminar is for 8 to 11-year-olds and their moms. Explore puberty changes, menstrual cycles and the lines of communication.

MSI Cherry Blossom Classic

March 20-22
Location: Complex Wide

Montgomery Soccer, Inc. is holding the MSI Cherry Blossom Classic soccer tournament the weekend of March 20-22 at the Marylad SoccerPlex. The MSI Cherry Blossom Classic has divisions ranging from U-9 to U-19 on both the boys and girls sides, and is hosting over 270 teams from high-level soccer clubs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Virginia, Connecticut and Maryland. Teams will play three games each over the course of the weekend.

School's Out Day Camp

March 27

Location: Inside the Discovery Sports Center

The Discovery Sports Center is holding a 'School's Out Day Camp' on Friday, March 27 for children ages 5-13. Similar to the 'Fun For All, All For Fun Summer Sports Camp', the 'School's Out Day Camp' is full of sports and activities including soccer, basketball, kickball, dodgeball and relay races.

Rocky Gorge Rugby

March 28 - Rocky Gorge Rugby vs. ARP Boston RFC (1 p.m.) | Rocky Gorge Rugby vs. D3 Boston RFC (3 p.m.)
Location: Field 12

Rocky Gorge Rugby Club, an adult team based out of Laurel, Md. is playing a doubleheader at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Field 12) on March 28. Rocky Gorge is the 2012 and 2014 USA Rugby Division II National Champions, and appear on pace for another title run. The team is currently 12-3 in league play, coming off a 62-0 win over Virginia Beach and a 55-5 win over Raleigh in two recent friendlies. They will play two more friendlies at the SoccerPlex against ARP Boston RFC and D3 Boston RFC at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.


About the Maryland SoccerPlex

The Maryland SoccerPlex ( - 18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841) features 22 professionally maintained, regulation-sized soccer fields. The SoccerPlex offers a combination of playing surfaces with 11 Kentucky bluegrass fields, 7 Bermuda grass fields, 3 synthetic turf fields with lights and an award-winning Kentucky bluegrass stadium field with lights and permanent bleacher seating.

The SoccerPlex hosts youth leagues, adult leagues, youth tournaments, NCAA Division I college matches and conference championships (ACC), U.S. Open Cup matches (D.C. United), professional women's matches (Washington Spirit) and a variety of international teams and competitions. 

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