Week 11 Ballers - 'State Tournament' Edition
Mark Menis/Ryan Stanley (Naperville Central)
Both players scored 14 goals at the state tournament,
as the Redhawks finished in second place after a narrow 11-8 loss to
Fenwick in the title game. They both scored 7 times in a 18-10 semifinal
win over Mundelein and combined to score 9 goals in a 20-6 win over H-F on
Thursday. The two players totaled 5 of their team's 8 goals in the state
final game loss to the Friars.
Mark Alvarado (St Ignatius)
Alvarado scored on a breakaway in sudden-death overtime
to lift the Wolfpack to a 16-15 victory over Mundelein on Saturday night
in the state tournament's consolation game. He totaled 15 goals over the
weekend, scoring 7 times in a 14-8 win over McHenry on Thursday and
totaling 6 scores in Saturday's win over Mundelein.
Pat Falconer (Mundelein)
Falconer totaled 15 goals over the weekend as Mundelein
finished the state tournament with a fourth place finish. Falconer scored
the eventual game-winning goal in a 14-12 win over Loyola on Thursday,
then sent the consolation game with St Ignatius to overtime after scoring
the game-tying goal from the left post with three seconds remaining.
Celeste Almarez (St Ignatius)
Almarez scored the game-tying goal with 2:43 left against Fremd, then
tallied the game-winning goal on a penalty shot to get the Wolfpack into
the state tournament semifinals. She scored 7 times, including two
overtime goals, in the Wolfpack's 14-11 win over H-F on Saturday.
Abbey Kerth (Naperville
Kerth totaled 9 goals over the weekend, scoring 4 times
in each victory over Mundelein and H-F to help her team finish in third
place at the 2010 state tournament on Saturday.
Erika Lauraitis (Fremd)
The Fremd senior scored 6 goals in the Vikings'
quarterfinal matchup with St Ignatius, including a score 3:06 remaining
that put Fremd ahead 9-8 heading into the final minutes of the game. She
also drew an ejection and recorded a steal in the waning minutes of the
game, but the Vikings could not capitalize and dropped a 10-9 decision to
the state's second-ranked team.