4:30pm Palatine vs Buffalo Grove
The Pirates and Bison meet in a rematch of the MSL
title game, which Palatine won 15-7. The key for Dan Striev, Glen Bernard,
Ian Rodriguez and the rest of a balanced Buffalo Grove squad will be
shutting down Palatine's Brad Ferris, who scored 8 goals the last time the
two teams met.
5:45pm McHenry vs Schaumburg
In the night's second semifinal, McHenry takes on
Schaumburg in a rematch of last year's sectional title game, which the
Warriors won 12-11 to advance to state. Can Reilly Shanahan and the rest
of a tough McHenry repeat the same feat against the Saxons to give
themselves a chance to get back to state, or will Tom Gallagher's
well-prepared Schaumburg side be able to flip the result around to get
back to the sectional finals for the third straight season?
Anything can happen on Friday at the GBS Sectional,
though the most likely prediction would be to expect two hotly-contested
and close games between four evenly matched sides.
4:30pm Loyola vs GBS
In the first semifinal, Loyola will look to beat
Glenbrook South for the second time this year, as they won the first
meeting on April 8 by a 14-10 margin. Frank Toops and TJ Considine
combined to score 8 goals in the win, so one of the keys for the Titans
will be to shut those two down on the offensive end. Meanwhile, the
Ramblers will look to contain the Titans' leading scorer Zach Demertzis
and other major contributors like Igor Gryniv and Peter Schneider.
5:45pm GBN vs New Trier
In the second semifinal, Glenbrook North will look to
exact a bit of revenge on the Trevians after they beat the Spartans 8-7 in
last weekend's CSL title game. GBN will expect big things from the
high-scoring duo of Konrad Klosowiak and Tytus Kwiatkowski, so a major
point of emphasis for the Trevians will be to shut those two players down
offensively. For New Trier, goalie Sam Buchman played a big role in their
improved performance down the stretch, so he will be called upon to come
up big once again in the net for the Trevians. Head coach Dave Goodspeed's
side has plenty of depth and will look to players like Eric Robb, James
Bartels, Konrad VonMoltke, Matt McClone, and Mike Maley to lift them to
the sectional title game on Saturday.
Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way Central each earned
narrow victories on Wednesday in the sectional quarterfinals, and they
would be happy to have the same thing happen on Friday in their semifinal
matchups in New Lenox on Friday.
4:30pm H-F vs LWN
For LWN, they will need to deal with Russell Maanum,
Shay Banton, and Co. in the first semifinal if they look to earn another
postseason win. The Vikings won the first meeting in sudden-death overtime
on a goal by Maanum, so if that contest is any indication, expect another
close game between the two sides. Both Kyler VanSwol and Nick Roberts came
up big for the Phoenix in the first meeting, and they will need the same
type of performances if North hopes to get past the Vikings.
5:45pm LWC vs LWE
In the second game, LWC beat LWE 13-6 behind a
five-goal performance from Petar Jackovich, but the Griffins returned the
favor two weeks later, beating the Knights 11-10 to split the season
series in the regular season. Something will have to give when the two
teams meet with a sectional finals berth on the line. In other words, keep
a close eye on the LWC Sectional, as no team would be a surprise entry
into Saturday's final round of games around the state.
4:30pm Brother Rice vs Stagg
The Crusaders are a tough team to stop, with Matt
Stelnicki, Mike Mulcrone, Sean Davis, and Kyle Pikula providing a large
portion of the offense for the state's fourth-ranked team. If Stagg is to
pull off an upset, they will need big-time performances from Drew Stoffel
and Zach Golob and will need to contain the Crusaders' main offensive
options on Friday at 4:30pm in Western Springs.
5:45pm Lyons vs Curie
In the other contest, Lyons should be geared up for a
challenge from CPS title-holders Curie and their main weapon, Eduardo
Chavez. The Lions will likely focus on shutting Chavez down on the
offensive end, while Doug Eichsteadt's balanced squad will expect
contributions from David Sekula, Joe Burke, and Mike Shapiro among others
as they hope to make it back to the sectional final game on Saturday.
Neuqua Valley Sectional
The same four teams that met at the Naperville Quad
during the first weekend of the season are left standing at the Neuqua
Valley Sectional on Friday.
4:30pm Naperville Central vs Naperville North
The Redhawks beat Naperville North 16-2 in their only
meeting this season, but that was more than two months ago, so Austin Katz
and the Huskies will look for a much different result when they face Mark
Menis, Ryan Stanley, and the rest of last year's sectional champions in
the first semifinal on Friday.
5:45pm Waubonsie vs Neuqua
Meanwhile, Waubonsie Valley beat Neuqua Valley 12-10
and 17-13 in 2010, but those games were played back on March 13 and March
18, so the Wildcats will try to close the gap on the Warriors in order to
get to the sectional finals on Saturday. Tyler Hunt will be a key point of
emphasis for the Neuqua defense if they hope to turn the tide and beat the
Warriors for the first time this year. The Warriors will counter that by
trying to stop players like AJ Quebbeman and Mike Rooney from getting the
Wildcats out to an early lead.
4:30pm St Ignatius vs Juarez
Juarez is riding high after a thrilling overtime win
over Lane in Wednesday's quarterfinals, so they will look to bring that
same enthusiasm to their semifinal matchup with the top-seeded hosts St
Ignatius. The Wolfpack have not played the Eagles in 2010, but head coach
Brian Drumm's team is not likely to look past the Chicago Public League
representative in this 4:30pm matchup on Friday.
5:45pm Latin vs Young
The second fixture on Friday is a highly-intriguing
matchup between Latin and Young. The Romans won the first meeting 15-9,
but that was on the second day of the season, so the Dolphins have reason
to be optimistic when they look to turn the result around on Friday night.
To do that, they will have to shut down AJ Galainena, Jacob Himmel, Eddie
Wickes and the rest of a strong Romans' starting lineup. On the flip side,
a key focal point for the Latin defense will be to stop Young's Raul Ariza
from having a huge offensive performance.
Vernon Hills Sectional
4:30pm Mundelein vs Wheeling
Mundelein and Wheeling did not meet in the regular
season, so the Wildcats will look to use the element of surprise when they
take on the top-seed in Friday's first game. Shane McDade and Tim McDaniel
will need to have big performances on both ends of the pool if Wheeling
hopes to pull off an upset. Mundelein head coach Rahul Sethna will have
his squad ready to go on Friday, with a balanced lineup that includes
Brandon Horsch, Frank Lukacs, Pat Falconer, and Will Davidson that have
proven tough to contain for most teams all season.
5:45pm Lake Forest vs Stevenson
In the second semifinal, Stevenson enters their game
with Lake Forest as the lower seed, even though they defeated the Scouts
20-15 on April 29. The Patriots have emerged as a serious contender for
the sectional title after a rough start to the season, so Alex
Rembialkowski, Chris and Josh Hodges, Doug Malfar and Co. will be looking
to get Sean Wimer's squad past one last obstacle before the sectional
final game on Saturday. Michael Gannon, Nick Pabich and the rest of Scouts
have other plans, however, and they showed that they can keep up with the
Patriots on the offensive end in their first meeting. They'll look for
that same offensive output but will need a better defensive effort if they
look to get past Stevenson.
#1 Fenwick and #2 Oak Park are on a collision course to
meet in the sectional finals at York on Saturday, but they would be
well-advised not to overlook their Friday afternoon opponents St Patrick
4:30pm Oak Park vs St Patrick
The Shamrocks have a history of excellent postseason
results under head coach Marty Gibson, and he will be looking for more of
the same when his squad takes on Oak Park in the early game on Friday in
Elmhurst. The Huskies have arguably the strongest starting lineup in the
state, so they will look to top scorers Armando Lee, Dylan O'Connell, Luke
O'Connell, Tommy Poulos, and Troy Williams to propel them into the
5:45pm Fenwick vs York
The Friars will have to contend with York's top scorer
Marc Krolikiewicz on the offensive end if they hope to avoid an upset bid
from the Dukes on Friday in the second semifinal. Fenwick comes in riding
a ton of momentum after beating Oak Park in two straight tournament games,
so expect John Osborne, Matt Farmer, Will Rigali and Co. to be fired up
for the chance for a potential final game with their crosstown rivals if
they can beat the sectional hosts.