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Saturday, March 28 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Saturday, March 28, 2009 10:30pm



Missouri Teams Get the Best of Illinois Teams at Schaumburg Tournament

With St Louis, Lindbergh, and Lafayette visiting Illinois to play at the Schaumburg Tournament, a bit of mystery existed to see how the host Saxons, Mundelein, York, Conant, and Hoffman Estates would perform. Schaumburg remained the last team standing, beating Lindbergh and Lafayette in addition to their wins over Mundelein and Hoffman on both Friday and Saturday. They advanced to the championship game to play SLUH, who outscored their opponents 62-12 in four early-round games. St Louis eventually handed the host Saxons their first loss of the season in the final game, a 10-6 defeat on Saturday evening.


Lindbergh finished in third place after beating Mundelein 11-8; Lafayette beat York 8-7 to claim fifth place; Conant topped Hoffman 11-7 in the seventh-place game.


Fenwick Beats Naperville Central in State Finals Rematch From 2008

Fenwick beat Naperville Central 14-4 in the title game of their own tournament on Saturday night, finishing the weekend with a 4-0 record. The Friars also beat Neuqua Valley 23-5 in the tournament semifinals. In the other championship round games, Lincoln-Way East held off Neuqua Valley 13-12 for third place, Oak Park took fifth place by beating St Ignatius 14-4, Lyons finished seventh with a 7-5 victory over Curie, Brother Rice beat St Patrick 14-9 to earn a ninth-place finish, and Naperville North tipped Homewood-Flossmoor 10-9 in the eleventh place game.



Andrew 12 Marian 11

Ashley Stromberg scored 4 goals, Amanda Kuchan scored 3 times, and Leah McCarthy added 2 scores as Andrew held off Marian 12-11 in nonconference action on Saturday morning. Gina Cavato and Kelly Baumgartner also scored goals in the win for the T-Bolts.


Mundelein 12 York 5

Alexis Jones and Evelyn Kurzak each scored 4 goals and Alice Denny and Sarah Honda each added 2 scores as Mundelein defeated York 12-5 on Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back to earn their fourth win of the season. Therese O'Toole scored 3 goals to lead the Dukes in the loss.


Lyons Tournament

Lyons went 3-0 on Saturday afternoon to claim their tournament title, earning wins over Stevenson, Evanston, and Waubonsie Valley. Katie Doyle totaled 7 goals, Katelyn Jacobs had 6 goals, and Allie Grimes scored 5 goals over the weekend for the hosts. Lyons' goalie Emily Bornhoff also made made 22 saves in the three-game set. Stevenson finished second with a 2-1 record, as Katie Moy scored 5 goals, Melanie Sulkin added 4 scores, and Cheyenne Montijo added 3 goals for the tournament. Evanston and Waubonsie Valley finished in a tie for third place, as the teams finished their matchup in a 6-6 draw. The Warriors held a two-goal lead down the stretch, but the Wildkits leveled the game in the final minutes to force the tie.


For tournament scores, check the Live Scoreboard throughout the day.



Friday, March 27 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Friday, March 27, 2009 11:10pm



Homewood-Flossmoor 16 Lincoln-Way North 9

Shay Banton scored 5 goals, Russell Maanum added 4 scores, and Luke Dobben had 3 goals as Homewood-Flossmoor beat Lincoln-Way North 16-9 on Friday. Kyler VanSwol scored 5 goals in the loss for LWN.


Morgan Park 13 St Rita 12

Denzell Blackmon scored 9 goals and Zachary Wenner recorded 5 steals in Morgan Park's 13-12 win over St Rita.


Young 8 Lane 3

Raul Ariza scored 3 goals to lead Young to an 8-3 victory over Lane on Friday night.


Lincoln-Way Central 27 Stagg 18

Joe Caffarini and Eric Hosty each scored 6 goals as the Knights triumphed over Stagg 27-18 on Friday evening.


Schaumburg Tournament

The Schaumburg Tournament kicked off on Friday morning, due to the Spring Break holiday for the host school and several other participating teams. The tournament also includes three teams from St Louis: Lafayette, St Louis University, and Lindbergh. In the early session, Schaumburg finished with a 3-0 record, beating both of St Louis teams they faced (Lindbergh and Lafayette) and crosstown-rival Hoffman Estates. In the second session, visiting St Louis dominated the proceedings, beating York 15-0, Conant 19-1, and Mundelein 13-7. Mundelein finished second in the division, beating Conant 11-3 and narrowly earning a 10-9 victory over York.


Fenwick Tournament

12 of 18 opening round games have been played at the Fenwick Tournament, with Fenwick, Naperville Central, and Lincoln-Way East all going 2-0. Neuqua Valley tied Brother Rice, but the Wildcats advanced to the semifinals based on a tiebreaker. Fenwick will play Neuqua and Naperville Central will face Lincoln-Way East, with the winners advancing to the tournament championship game on Saturday night.



Sandburg 12 Lincoln-Way East 6

The Eagles went on a 6-0 run in the second half to beat Lincoln-Way East 12-6 on Friday; Alyssa Turza scored 5 goals and drew 6 ejections, while Lori Dasher added 3 scores in the win. Alyssa Toland scored 3 goals for the Griffins in the loss.


Andrew 13 Lockport 10

Katie Fischer scored 4 goals and Ashley Stromberg and Amanda Kuchan both scored 2 times in Andrew's 13-10 win over Lockport. Maggie Knowles recorded 7 goals in the loss for the Porters.


Lincoln-Way Central 13 Stagg 3

Sam Marotta and Kelsey Martiniak combined to make 11 saves in Lincoln-Way Central's 13-3 victory over Stagg.


Young 11 Lane 6

Gabriela Cabrera recorded 6 goals and 6 steals in Young's 11-6 win over Lane.



Thursday, March 26 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:19pm



Neuqua Valley 22 Glenbrook South 8

John Mikuzis scored 8 goals to lead the Wildcats to a 22-8 victory over Glenbrook South on Thursday afternoon.


St Charles North 13 St Charles East 8

Alex Peterson scored 6 goals and Justin Jacobson added 4 scores to lead St Charles North to a 13-8 win over St Charles East on Thursday. Goalie Chaz Topacio stopped 7 shots in the net for the victorious North Stars. The Saints were led by Corbin Smith and Shane Seuscheck, who scored 4 goals apiece in the losing effort.


Lane 14 Morgan Park 9

Joe Klontz tallied 5 goals to lead Lane to a 14-9 win over Morgan Park in the Chicago Public League matchup. Denzell Blackmon recorded 5 scores for Morgan Park in the loss.


Lincoln-Way North 17 Bremen 11

Kyler VanSwol scored 7 times in Lincoln-Way North's 17-11 victory over Bremen to improve to 3-0 on the season.



Bremen 16 Lincoln-Way North 0

Cassie Jo Miller scored 4 goals and goalie Julie Velcich recorded 9 saves as Bremen shutout Lincoln-Way North 16-0 on Thursday night. Catherine Vivado and Emma Martinus also scored 3 goals in the win for the Braves.


Naperville Central 12 Lincoln-Way East 5

Tori Davis scored 4 goals, Claire Fleming added 3 scores, and Robyn Stanley, Haley Nelson, Emily Sejna, Lizzy Giuliani, and Emily Wooten each scored once in Naperville Central's 12-5 victory over Lincoln-Way East. Goalie Sam Virella recorded 11 saves in the win for the Redhawks. Kara Nowakowski led the Griffins with 4 goals, while Laura Cempel added one score in the loss.


Naperville North 6 Waubonsie Valley 4

Tracey Ahearn tallied 3 goals, Lauren Jansen added 2 scores, and Katie Lechowicz scored once to help Naperville North knock off Waubonsie Valley 6-4 on Thursday. Tracy Wiesbrook and Emma Ryan combined for 6 saves in the win for the Huskies.


Stevenson 14 Vernon Hills 6

Janelle Bartman recorded 10 saves and 10 players scored for the Patriots as they knocked off Vernon Hills 14-6. Kelly Steininger tallied 3 goals in the loss for the Cougars.


Mother McAuley 13 Neuqua Valley 5

Maggie McShane scored 3 goals to help lift the Macs to a 13-5 win over Neuqua Valley.


Oak Park 9 York 8

Joanna Evans scored 6 goals to lead Oak Park to a 9-8 victory over York in the West Suburban Conference matchup on Thursday. The Huskies trailed 7-4 at one point in the second half, but put together a 5-1 run and scored the game-winner in the final minute to secure the come-from-behind win. Vicki Maslowski recorded 12 saves and Audrey Reardon had 7 steals and a goal for the Huskies.


Loyola 11 Evanston 3

Maeve O'Connor scored 6 times to lead the Ramblers to an 11-3 victory over Evanston on Thursday. Meg Schroeder scored 2 times for the Wildkits in the loss.



Wednesday, March 25 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:05pm



Sandburg 16 Lincoln-Way Central 4

Cody Siemeck totaled 7 goals and Peter Skrzypek added 3 scores to help lift Sandburg to a 16-4 victory over Lincoln-Way Central in the SouthWest Suburban Conference matchup on Wednesday.


Homewood-Flossmoor 20 Stagg 5

Russell Maanum scored 7 goals and Alex Wojack scored 4 times to lead the Vikings to a 20-5 win over Stagg on Wednesday evening. Goalie Neal Zoellick also scored 2 times in the field and allowed only one goal in three periods of play. Drew Stoffel and Zach Golob each scored 2 goals in the loss for the Chargers.


St Ignatius 19 St Rita 2

Garrett Mulchrone scored 5 goals and Brendan Moore added 4 scores as the Wolfpack defeated St Rita 19-2.


Brother Rice 11 Loyola 9

Matt Stelnicki and Sean Davis each recorded 4 scores to lead the Crusaders to an 11-9 conference win over Loyola. The Ramblers were led by Charlie Shaw, who scored 3 times in the loss.


Lincoln-Way East 13 Lockport 8

Karl Zoellick recorded 8 goals and Kyle DeGroot added 2 scores to lead the Griffins to a 13-8 win over Lockport on Wednesday evening.


Andrew 16 Bradley 4

Mike Roon scored 5 goals and Arya Mohaimani added 4 scores as the T-Bolts defeated Bradley 16-4.


Neuqua Valley 23 Hinsdale Central 14

John Mikuzis led the Wildcats with 7 goals in a 23-14 victory over Hinsdale Central on Wednesday night.



Homewood-Flossmoor 16 Stagg 0

Michelle Mayer led the Vikings with 5 goals, Sophie Schloen added 3 scores, and both Alana Hernandez and Rebecca Matthews scored 2 times as H-F blanked Stagg 16-0 in conference play.


Mother McAuley 6 Loyola 4

McAuley broke a 2-2 first quarter tie with a 4-0 run en route to a 6-4 victory over Loyola on Wednesday night. Yuri Chavez scored 4 goals to lead the Macs, while Ailleen Reilly and Molly O'Connell each added scores in the win. Loyola's scorers included Olivia Le Compte, Maeve O'Connor, Nicole Pinelli, and Ashley Letrich, while goalie Kathleen Servatius made 7 saves and added 3 steals in the losing effort.


Andrew 12 Bradley 6

Amanda Kuchan had 4 goals and Ashley Stromberg tacked on 3 scores as the T-Bolts defeated Bradley 12-6. Kelly Baumgartner and Alyssa Walters each chipped in with 2 goals apiece, while Jill Jesionowski added one tally. Emily Casey and Elizabeth Forbes each scored 2 goals to lead the Braves in the loss.


Sandburg 17 Lincoln-Way Central 11

Alyssa Turza totaled 8 goals and Lori Dasher and Alex Bielski each scored 3 times to lead Sandburg to a 17-11 victory over Lincoln-Way Central on Wednesday. Sarah Hanly, Jessica Piry, and Stacy Wymer each scored 3 goals in the loss for the Knights.


Richards 10 Morton 6

Lauren Gorski and Caitlin Flood both scored 3 goals to lift Richards past Morton 10-6.


Glenbrook North 7 Hinsdale Central 6

Catie Bar scored 5 goals and Margi Tucker scored 2 times to lead GBN to a narrow 7-6 victory over Hinsdale Central on Wednesday night. Mallory Smith scored 4 goals to lead Central in the loss, while Ariel Rickelman and Stephanie McKay both added one score for the Red Devils.



Tuesday, March 24 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:55pm



Curie 16 Stagg 6

Roberto Hernandez and Eduardo Chavez each scored 5 goals to lead the Condors to a 16-6 victory over Stagg in a nonconference matchup.


York 16 Morton 6

Marc Krolikiewicz tallied 5 goals to lead York to a 16-6 win over Morton in the West Suburban League contest on Tuesday night.


Glenbrook South 14 Evanston 8

Tommy Nimrod scored 4 goals and Ben Hengels and Chris DeLetto each tallied 3 scores as Glenbrook South defeated Evanston for the second time in four days by a 14-8 score.


Lockport 12 Naperville North 10

Pat Cavanaugh scored 3 goals, while Kevin Moran, Josh Libman, Joe Hernandez, and Andrew Godding each scored 2 times apiece, as the Porters held off Naperville North 12-10 on Tuesday. Goalie Drew Duckett stopped 12 shots in the victory for Lockport.



Stevenson 7 Mundelein 6

Cheyenne Montijo scored 3 goals, including the game-winner with 0:24 remaining in regulation, to lift Stevenson past Mundelein 7-6 on Tuesday. The game was tied at the end of the first three periods, with the Mustangs matching each Stevenson goal throughout regulation. Mary Novakhovsky started the scoring in the opening period for the Patriots, but Yesenia Rossi responded with an outside shot to tie the game moments later. Karen Lowry and Montijo scored the next two goals for Stevenson, who looked to grab control of the game early on with a 3-1 lead. But Mundelein senior Alice Denny scored two straight goals to tie the game at 3-3 after one period of play.


Katie Moy and Alexis Jones traded goals in the second quarter, leaving the score at 4-4 at the half. Montijo broke the tie with her second goal on a penalty shot, but Jones responded once again for the Mustangs, who tied the score at 5-5 after three periods.


In the final quarter, Moy gave Stevenson a 6-5 lead with her second goal of the game. Mundelein's Sarah Honda tied the game midway through the period with a goal, and the teams were deadlocked until the final minute of play. After Mundelein goalie Sarah Tylka and Stevenson goaltender Janelle Bartman both made key saves, Montijo gave Stevenson the victory with her last minute heroics. Her third goal proved to be the game-winner with 0:24 seconds showing on the clock, and Mundelein could not score in the closing seconds.


Patriots' goalie Janelle Bartman contributed 12 saves in the narrow win over the Mustangs.


Stevenson: Cheyenne Montijo (3 goals), Katie Moy (2 goal), Karen Lowry (1 goal), Mary Novakhowsky (1 goal)

Mundelein: Alice Denny (2 goals), Alexis Jones (2 goal), Sarah Honda (1 goal), Yesenia Rossi (1 goal)


Naperville Central 10 Waubonsie Valley 5

Claire Fleming scored 3 times and Emily Sejna added 2 scores to lead the Redhawks past the Warriors 10-5 on Tuesday. Sabina Kastanova scored 2 times for the Warriors in the loss.


Naperville North 7 Lockport 5

Lindsay Jansen and Kayla Westman each scored 3 goals to lead the Huskies to a 7-5 victory over Lockport on Tuesday night. Audrey Chien added a goal in the win for North, while goalies Tracy Wiesbrook and Emma Ryan combined to make 8 saves in the win.


Evanston 13 Glenbrook South 5

Julia Ticus scored 4 goals, Ellis O'Connor added 3 scores, and Meg Schroeder and Claire Strunk each scored 2 goals to lead Evanston to a 13-5 victory over Glenbrook South.



Monday, March 23 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Monday, March 23, 2009 11:15pm



Fenwick 22 Brother Rice 6

Brian Barron scored 7 goals and added 5 steals, Will Rigali added 5 scores, and goalie Dan Napleton blocked 10 shots to lead #1 Fenwick to a 22-6 victory over #4 Brother Rice on Monday night. Dan Barron also scored 4 times and Craig Borkovec chipped in with 3 scores for the Friars, who improved to 5-0 on the season. The Crusaders were led by Sean Davis and Matt Stelnicki, who each scored 3 times in the loss.


Young 14 Morgan Park 13 (OT)

The Dolphins held off Morgan Park 14-13 in overtime on Monday afternoon, with Luis Solis leading the way with 4 goals. Denzell Blackmon scored 8 times to lead Morgan Park in the losing effort.


Sandburg 11 Homewood-Flossmoor 10

Joe Kamper scored 6 goals and Cody Siemeck added 3 scores to lift Sandburg past H-F 11-10 in the Southwest Suburban Conference matchup.


Lincoln Park 13 Von Steuben 12

Dan Berghoff recorded 13 saves in Lincoln Park's narrow 13-12 win over Von Steuben in the Chicago Public League contest on Monday.


St Patrick 9 Loyola 8 (OT)

Alec Rourke scored 3 goals to lead the Shamrocks to a 9-8 overtime victory over Loyola on Monday night. Sean Hulseman led the Ramblers with 3 goals in the loss.


Stagg 14 Bremen 6

Drew Stoffel and Zack Golob both scored 5 times in the Chargers' 14-6 victory over Bremen.


Lockport 10 Lincoln-Way Central 8

Craig Targosz scored 3 goals and Andrew Gooding scored 2 times as Lockport beat Lincoln-Way Central on Monday.



Sandburg 12 Homewood-Flossmoor 9

Alyssa Turza scored 6 goals, Alex Bielski added 3 scores, and Michelle Kuyper tallied 2 goals in the Eagles' 12-9 conference win over H-F on Monday. Michelle Mayer scored 3 goals to lead the Vikings in the loss.


Bremen 12 Stagg 0

Catherine Vivado recorded 4 goals and Cassie Jo Miller and Emma Martinus each scored 3 times as Bremen shutout Stagg 12-0 on Monday evening.


Loyola 19 Resurrection 1

Maeve O'Connor scored 5 times and Krissy Durkin added 4 goals for the Ramblers in their 19-1 conference win over Resurrection.


Lincoln-Way Central 20 Lockport 12

Stacy Wymer scored 7 times and Anna White scored 6 goals to lead the Knights to a 20-12 victory over Lockport. Sarah Hanly also scored 4 goals in the win for LWC.



Sunday, March 22 (Update #2)

By Aaron Brown

Sunday, March 22, 2009 9:30pm


Recent updates:

The Illpolo Report - Summary of the second week of the season

The Starting VII - Preview of the third week of the season

Super Ballers

Ballers of the Week


Sunday, March 22 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Sunday, March 22, 2009 8:20am


The rankings after the second week of the season have been updated:


Top 25 Rankings





Week 2 Updates


Check out the complete Week 2 Updates from the 2009 water polo season.




Week 1 Updates


Check out the complete Week 1 Updates from the 2009 water polo season.




Donations Needed To Support

By Aaron Brown

Sunday, February 21, 2009 9:55am


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