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Saturday, April 11 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Saturday, April 11, 2009 11:45pm



Barrington Tournament

Mundelein finished the Barrington Quad with a 3-0 record to claim the tournament title on Saturday afternoon, beating the host Fillies, Libertyville, and Lake Forest to improve to 9-5 on the season. In their tournament opener, the Mustangs defeated Libertyville 12-3, as Alice Denny and Alexis Jones both scored 4 times in the victory. In their 13-2 win over Lake Forest, Jones led the team with 5 goals, Sarah Honda added 3 scores, and Amy Klink and Dani Caldwell both scored 2 times. In the tournament championship, the Mustangs knocked off Barrington 9-2, using an 8-0 run to pull away from the Fillies after trailing 2-1 in the opening period. Denny led the way with 5 goals, while Evelyn Kurzac scored 2 times in the victory. Jones scored 10 total goals in the tournament to lead the Mustangs, while Denny recorded 9 scores in the three-game set.


Stevenson Tournament

Cheyenne Montijo scored the game-winning goal in overtime after Janelle Bartman blocked a penalty shot to give Stevenson an 8-7 overtime win over Fremd in the tournament's championship game on Saturday afternoon. Montijo scored 5 goals in the game, which included the game-winner and a goal with 0:36 left in regulation to put the Patriots ahead 7-6. Katie French sent the game to overtime with a goal with 0:26 left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Montijo totaled 5 goals for Stevenson, while Katie Moy scored 2 times and Janelle Bartman stopped 12 shots in goal in the victory. Erika Lauraitis led the Vikings with 3 goals, while French and Allison McCarthy both scored 2 times and goalie Kelly DiCanio recorded 7 saves in the loss.


Stevenson also earned a 3-2 win over Latin and defeated Young 10-3 on Saturday. Karen Lowry scored all 3 goals for the Patriots in the win over Latin, while Montijo scored 3 goals and Lowry added 2 scores in the win over Young.


Fremd finished in second place at the tournament, leaving Lincolnshire with a 2-1 mark for the day. The Vikings defeated Latin 13-8 behind an 8-goal performance from Lauraitis, who also scored 6 times in Fremd's 15-10 victory over Young. Lauraitis totaled 17 goals for the tournament, while French and McCarthy also added 4 goals apiece over the weekend.


Latin claimed a 9-8 overtime win over Young on Jordan Yaakoby's game-winner; Yaakoby scored 5 goals in the game to lead the Romans, while Ashley Henderson added 2 scores in the win. Yaakoby and Brittany Wallace each totaled 6 goals for the Romans in their three-game set, while Henderson added a total of 4 goals on Saturday.


Young finished the tournament in fourth place; Gail Wilcoxen led the Dolphins with 6 goals and Gabriela Cabrera added 5 scores in three games.


STC North Tournament

Oak Park outscored its' three opponents 26-9 on Saturday afternoon to finish the St Charles North Tournament with a 3-0 record and claim the tournament title. Audrey Reardon scored 21 of the team's 25 goals, as the Huskies beat Lincoln-Way East 7-5, Waubonsie Valley 9-3, and Naperville North 9-1. Joanna Evans also scored 3 goals over the weekend, while Kimmy Stefanik and Lori Mansfield rounded out the scoring for OPRF.


Waubonsie Valley finished in third place, beating St Charles North 12-3 in their final game of the tournament. Alex White and Ember McCoy both scored 3 goals in the win, while Mallory Weber and Sabina Kastanova each scored 2 times for the Warriors.


Lincoln-Way East shutout Northside Prep 15-0 in the fifth-place game, as Kara Nowakowski and Mary Reilly each scored 3 goals to lead the Griffins to the win.



Friday, April 10 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Friday, April 10, 2009 8:20pm



Sandburg 17 STC North 6

Cody Siemeck scored 8 goals to lead the Eagles to a 17-6 victory over St Charles North on Friday afternoon.




Thursday, April 9 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Thursday, April 9, 2009 9:35pm



Meadows 12 St Viator 6

Pat Lebuhn scored 5 goals and Damian Fitzsimmons added 3 scores to lead the Mustangs past St Viator 12-6.


GBS 18 Hinsdale Central 8

Peter O'Malley scored 5 goals and Ben Hengels added 4 scores to lead GBS past the Red Devils 18-8 on Thursday night.


Naperville Central 10 York 1

Chris Depew scored 3 goals to lead the Redhawks to a 10-1 victory over York. Marc Krolikiewicz scored the lone goal for the Dukes in the loss.


Maine East 4 Wheeling 2

Chris Scanlon scored 2 times and goalie Alex Hrnjak made 17 saves to lead Maine East to a 4-2 win over Wheeling on Thursday evening.


Lincoln-Way East 15 Homewood-Flossmoor 2

Karl Zoellick scored 4 goals and Kevin Kubik and Kyle DeGroot both scored 3 times to lead LWE past Homewood-Flossmoor 15-2 on Thursday.



Naperville Central 8 York 3

Haley Nelson scored 4 goals to lead the Redhawks past York 8-3, while Claire Fleming added 2 scores and goalie Sam Virella made 13 saves in the win. Therese O'Toole scored 3 times in the loss for the Dukes.


Fenwick 7 Lyons 6

Morgan Bonk, Stephanie Ovalle, and Lisett Calderon scored 2 goals apiece to lead the Friars past Lyons 7-6. Allie Grimes and Kirby Kaptur both scored 2 times in the loss for the Lyons, while Emily Bornhoff recorded 19 saves in the losing effort.


Lincoln-Way Central 8 Andrew 7 (OT)

Jessica Piry scored 6 goals, including the game-winner from outside 9-meters at the buzzer as LWC beat Andrew in overtime 7-6. Ashley Stromberg scored 4 goals to lead the T-Bolts, including the game-tying goal with :02 seconds left in overtime.


Lincoln-Way East 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 7

Katie Paul scored 4 goals and added 4 steals and 6 assists to lead the Griffins past the Vikings 9-7 on Thursday night.


Sandburg 15 Bradley 6

Lori Dasher scored 5 goals to lead the Eagles to a 15-6 win over Bradley. Madeline Hough and Jessica Petrisko each scored 2 goals in the win for Sandburg, while Emily Caise scored 3 times in the loss for Bradley.


Latin 5 Oak Park 3

Ashley Henderson scored 3 goals to lead the Romans past Oak Park 5-3 on Thursday.


Loyola 17 Lake Brantley (FL) 5

Ashley Letrich scored 7 goals and Maeve O'Connor added 6 scores as Loyola traveled to Florida to defeat Lake Brantley 17-5. Kathleen Servatius recorded 12 saves in the Ramblers' win.


Stagg 12 Lincoln-Way North 6

Corinne Stoffel scored 8 goals and Jessica Gajewski scored 3 times to lead the Chargers past LWN 12-6 on Thursday evening.


Hinsdale Central 15 Glenbrook South 7

Caitlin Connor and Mallory Smith both scored 5 times and five other players (Ariel Rickelman, Holly Moran, Lexi Gross, Maggie Alberts, Sara Shaner) notched goals in Hinsdale Central's 15-7 win over Glenbrook South.



Wednesday, April 8 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 9:40pm



Brother Rice 10 St Patrick 8

Matt Stelnicki led the Crusaders with 4 scores in a 10-8 victory over St Patrick.


York 20 STC East 8

Colin Albue scored 6 goals and Marc Krolikiewicz added 5 scores in York's 20-8 win over STC East.


Meadows 7 Lake Forest 6

Pat Lebuhn scored 3 times to lead the Mustangs to a 7-6 win over Lake Forest.


Loyola 15 St Rita 9

Chris Konopka made 11 saves and Steve Freedman added 2 goals and 2 assists to lift the Ramblers to a 15-9 win over St Rita in the Catholic League contest on Wednesday.


Fenwick 17 St Ignatius 5

Chris Wendt scored 6 goals and John Osborne and Brian Barron each added 5 goals in the Friars' 17-5 win over St Ignatius.


Andrew 17 Stagg 16 (OT)

The T-Bolts earned a 17-16 overtime win over Stagg on Wednesday night, as Arya Mohaimani scored 5 goals in the victory. Kevin Skender and Drew Stoffel both scored 4 goals in the loss for the Chargers.


Lockport 16 Bradley 11

Pat Cavanaugh scored 5 goals to lead Lockport to a 16-11 win over Bradley on Wednesday evening.



LWC 7 H-F 4

Anna Whyte scored 4 goals and Stacy Wymer added 2 scores in LWC's 7-4 win over H-F.


Latin 6 Wheeling 4

Brittany Wallace scored 6 goals to lead Latin past Wheeling 6-4.


Andrew 9 Stagg 2

Jill Jesionowski scored 3 goals to lead the T-Bolts to a 9-2 win over Stagg on Wednesday night.


Fenwick 7 St Ignatius 1

Mariclaire Bresnahan recorded 17 saves to lead the Friars to a 7-1 win over St Ignatius.


Lockport 17 Bradley 9

Maggie Knowles scored 8 goals and Jackie Bart added 6 scores to lead the Porters past Bradley 17-9.


Neuqua 15 STC North 3

Jeanette Nolte scored 7 goals to lead the Wildcats past STC North 15-3.

Tuesday, April 7 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 11:30pm



Fenwick 30 Neuqua Valley 4

Craig Borkovec and Dan Barron each scored 4 goals and Brian Barron (7 assists, 4 steals), Colin Corvino, John Osborne, and Mark Ryden all scored 3 times to lead Fenwick to a 30-4 victory over Neuqua Valley. Matt Napleton and Dan Francisco combined to make 9 saves in the win for the Friars.


Schaumburg 19 Prospect 6

Brandon Kase scored 5 goals, Ed Walsh scored 4 times, and Mike Kehoe and Pat Kraulis each scored 2 goals as Schaumburg defeated Prospect 19-6 on Tuesday. Charlie Mau scored 4 goals in the loss for the Knights.


New Trier 12 Maine East 3

Bill Farmer scored 4 goals and added 4 assists to lead the Trevians to a 12-3 victory over Maine East in the CSL matchup on Tuesday.


Barrington 8 Hersey 4

David Poetz scored 4 goals to lead the Broncos to an 8-4 victory over Hersey.


Lockport 8 Hinsdale Central 6

Pat Cavanaugh scored 5 goals to lead Lockport to an 8-6 victory over Hinsdale Central on Tuesday.


Glenbrook South 16 Stevenson 10

Ben Hengels scored 8 goals and Chris DeLetto tallied 6 scores to lead GBS past Stevenson 16-10.


Latin 21 Mt Carmel 3

Jacob Himmel totaled 9 goals in Latin's 21-3 victory over Mt Carmel on Tuesday.


Fremd 13 Buffalo Grove 6

Ray Raff and Evan Ruggiero each recorded 3 goals and Zach Vandelogt and Brent Caras each added 2 scores to lead Fremd to a 13-6 victory over Buffalo Grove. Chris Mackey also added a goal, 9 steals, and 4 assists in the win for the Vikings.



Sandburg 12 Mother McAuley 11

Lori Dasher scored the game-winning goal with eleven seconds left to play as Sandburg defeated Mother McAuley 12-11 on Tuesday evening. Dasher, Ashley Turza, and Kathy Astalos each tallied 3 goals in the win for the Eagles.


Bremen 11 Morton 4

Julie Velcich recorded 14 saves and added 4 assists to lead Bremen to an 11-4 victory over Morton on Tuesday night.


Fremd 16 Buffalo Grove 4

Erika Lauraitis scored 8 goals and Allison McCarthy added 4 scores to help lift Fremd past Buffalo Grove 16-4.


Loyola 13 Oak Park 8

Maeve O'Connor scored 6 times and Nicole Pinelli added 3 scores as Loyola knocked off Oak Park 13-8. Kathleen Servatius recorded 8 saves and 4 steals in the win, while Ashley Letrich scored 2 goals for the Ramblers on the night. Audrey Reardon scored 8 goals to lead the Huskies in the losing effort.


Naperville Central 12 Naperville North 3

Haley Nelson scored 4 goals and Emily Sejna and Claire Fleming both scored 2 times to lead Naperville Central to a 12-3 victory over Naperville North. Sam Virella recorded 6 saves in the win for the Redhawks, while Tracy Ahearn led the Huskies with 2 goals in the loss.


Lockport 10 Hinsdale Central 9

Jackie Bart and Maggie Knowles both scored 5 goals to lead the Porters past Hinsdale Central 10-9. Caitlin Connor scored 4 goals to lead the Red Devils, while Mallory Smith added 3 scores in the loss.



Monday, April 6 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Monday, April 6, 2009 8:29pm



Lincoln-Way Central 14 Richards 0

Petar Jackovich scored 5 goals to lead the Knights to a 14-0 win over Richards. Anthony Catezone and Jeff Hipp each scored 2 times in the shutout win for LWC.


St Ignatius 18 Latin 6

Brendan Moore scored 5 goals, Guiliano and Giovanni Wrobel each scored 3 times, and Alex Gastevich stopped 10 shots as St Ignatius defeated Latin 18-6 on Monday evening.


Fenwick 12 St Viator 0

Mark Ryden, Paul Pannenko, and Ryan Mastalerz each recorded 3 goals to lead the Friars to a 12-0 shutout win over St Viator on Monday night.


Fremd 11 Naperville North 10

Zach Vandelogt scored 5 times and Brent Caras added 2 scores to lead Fremd to an 11-10 victory over Naperville North in a nonconference game on Monday. Chris Mackey added 8 steals and 4 assists and goalie Mike Freeman stopped 10 shots in the win for the Vikings.


Sandburg 13 Stagg 4

Cody Siemeck scored 6 goals and Peter Skrzypek added 5 scores to lead Sandburg to a 13-4 win over Stagg.


Barrington 17 Lake Forest 12

Mike Byron scored 4 goals and David Poetz added 3 scores as the Broncos beat Lake Forest 17-12 on Monday.


Lockport 12 Lincoln-Way North 11

Josh Libman scored 4 goals, Kevin Moran and Pat Cavanaugh each scored 3 times, and Craig Targosz added 2 scores to lead Lockport past Lincoln-Way North 12-11.



Fremd 16 Naperville North 0

Erika Lauraitis scored 8 goals and recorded 11 steals, while Allison McCarthy scored 4 goals and Katie French contributed 4 assists and 5 steals, as Fremd shutout Naperville North 16-0 in nonconference action on Monday night. Kelly DiCanio and Rachael Allen split time in goal and held the Huskies scoreless in the win.


Sandburg 13 Stagg 5

Caitlyn Grotkiewicz scored 3 goals and Jessica Petrisko and Natalie Roth each added 2 scores as Sandburg beat Stagg 13-5. Goalie Stephanie Pouder made 20 saves and added 8 steals in the victory of the Eagles.


Homewood-Flossmoor 6 Andrew 2

Michelle Mayer scored 2 goals and Rebecca Matthews, Maya Holst, Katie McHugh, and Rachel Mayer each added one score as H-F knocked off Andrew 6-2 in the SWSC contest on Monday. Ashley Stromberg and Katie Cavato each netted goals in the loss for the T-Bolts.


Lockport 11 Lincoln-Way North 5

Jackie Bart and Maggie Knowles both recorded 4 goals to lead Lockport to an 11-5 victory over Lincoln-Way North on Monday. Goalie Jess Lahey also stopped 13 shots in the win for the Porters.


Lincoln-Way Central 17 Richards 5

Jessica Graf scored 6 times and Stacy Wymer and Sarah Hanly each tallied 3 scores to lead the Knights to a 17-5 win over Richards.


Wheeling 13 Hoffman Estates 2

Amy Wilson scored 6 goals and Christa Khatcherian added 3 scores to lead Wheeling to a 13-2 win over Hoffman Estates on Monday.


Hinsdale Central 15 St Charles East 5

Caitlin Connor scored 6 goals, Mallory Smith added 5 scores, Sara Shaner scored 2 times, and goalie Carolyn Chen recorded 20 saves as Hinsdale Central defeated St Charles 15-5. Ariel Rickelman and Lexi Gross each tallied a goal in the Red Devils' win on Monday night.


Barrington 16 Buffalo Grove 6

Goalie Mary Fanslow scored 3 goals in the second half after playing the first half in the net, while Megan Clampitt scored 5 goals and Chelsea Simon added 4 scores in the Fillies' 16-6 win over Buffalo Grove.



Sunday, April 5 (Update #2)

By Aaron Brown

Sunday, April 5, 2009 2:30am


Recent updates:

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

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

Super Ballers - Five players and/or coaches were named Super Ballers after Week 4

Ballers of the Week - Check out which 42 players earned 'Baller status' for Week 4

Poolside w/Chris Fetterman - Interview w/referee Mike Mitchell

Week 4 Updates - Game recaps and news from Week 4 of the 2009 season



Sunday, April 5 (Update #1)

By Aaron Brown

Sunday, April 5, 2009 2:20am


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


Top 25 Rankings





Week 4 Updates


Check out the complete Week 4 Updates from the 2009 water polo season.




Week 3 Updates


Check out the complete Week 3 Updates from the 2009 water polo season.




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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