Chestnut Hill College Sweeps Philadelphia Bracket at Quidditch World Cup

Chestnut Hill Quidditch Team Places Fifth at Tournament

Monday, December 14, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College swept the Philadelphia Bracket and placed fifth in the third annual Quidditch World Cup held at Middlebury College in late October.
The College’s Quidditch program, now in its second year, has grown tremendously. Last year at the World Cup, the Griffins defeated Princeton University, Louisiana State, and Emerson College among others, finally taking third place at the tournament.

Out of the 20 schools participating this year, the Griffins beat Villanova University 40-20, Lafayette College 70-30 and Moravian College 190-10 but lost to the University of Pittsburgh in the Elite eight round of the tournament. After the Griffins’ loss, Middlebury defeated Emerson College, receiving first place in the tournament. In November, the Griffins also competed in Vassar College’s Butterbeer Classic tournament, which yielded a first-place win for Chestnut Hill and a gold trophy.

The College’s Quidditch team was chosen from nearly 100 players within the Chestnut Hill College community after its second annual “Quidditch on the Hill” tournament held in early October. Of more than 300 “muggle” Quidditch teams in the country, only Chestnut Hill College’s boasts team members hailing from lacrosse, baseball, softball, polo, football, basketball, and soccer.

The Intercollegiate Quidditch Association (IQA), the governing body of collegiate quidditch, is currently working towards becoming a recognized nonprofit, an initiative that will allow the association to donate and grant funds to colleges, high schools, and charities. Chestnut Hill College junior Max Kaplan has been appointed to the IQA’s new board of directors.

Quidditch, better known as the wizarding sport played on broomsticks in the beloved Harry Potter series, has leapt off the pages of the fantasy book and onto college campuses. Muggle Quidditch, which was created at Middlebury College in 2005, has since become a popular nationwide sport, with over 200 teams part of the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association (IQA) membership.