THE ILLPOLO REPORT
The following is a summary of what took place during the
ninth week of the
season. This is not a complete list and we can only include a few people
in this summary, but the purpose is to recognize a few of the best
performances from each week.
Players To Watch
Drake McClure (Naperville North)
Makai DeNeve-Arnam (Maine South)
Charlotte Rosenberg (Latin)
Tyler Gooding (Maine South)
For a complete description, see
Players to Watch:
Biggest Impact Plays
Joey Chokran/Ryan Hamilton (STC North)
Hamilton drew a penalty in the closing seconds of the final period that
Chokran converted to send the North Stars to overtime with Barrington,
where they earned a 12-10 win.
Viken Huening (Fenwick)
Huening scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of Fenwick's 9-8
victory over Loyola in the Catholic League title game.
Andie Cobb (Conant)
Cobb scored the game-winner in overtime as Conant stunned
Prospect for fifth place in the MSL on Tuesday.
Cami Haas (Stevenson)
Haas scored her third goal of the game in the last minute to lift
Stevenson past Naperville Central 4-3 on Saturday.
Erin McCook (Stevenson)
McCook scored from beyond mid-pool at the buzzer to lift Stevenson past
Fremd 7-6 on Monday night.
Rebecca Martinez (St Ignatius)
Martinez helped the Wolfpack survive a scare from Latin as she nailed a
game-winning shot with one second remaining in regulation to send Ignatius
past the Romans 10-9.
Susy Zizumbo (Whitney Young)
Zizumbo sent the CPS title game to overtime after scoring with :04 left in
regulation; the Dolphins outscored Lane 2-0 in the extra session to claim
the city championship.
Top Goalie Performances
Keith Pierzchala (York)
Pierzchala stopped 12 shots and limited Hinsdale South to just 2
goals in York's 8-2 victory in the WSC quarterfinals.
Mike Malecki (Sandburg)
Malecki earned his first career shutout after making 10 saves in a 13-0
win over LWC on Wednesday.
Tommy McGuire (Fenwick)
The Friars' keeper totaled 34 saves in wins over Loyola, Mt Carmel, and St
Ignatius to help the team earn another MCAC title in 2012.
Hannah Caywood (New Trier)
Caywood totaled 44 saves in the Trevians' three-game run to the CSL title
over the weekend. She also totaled 17 saves in wins over Naperville North
and Wheeling during Week 9.
Julie Conrath (Fremd)
Conrath earned her 1,000 total save in her three-year career and set a
personal-best mark of 354 saves in a single-season for a Vikings' team
that finished with a 24-5 record.
Nya Wilkins (Young)
WIlkins made 20 saves and held Lane to one goal from the second period
through overtime to help the Dolphins win the CPS title 7-5 on Saturday.
Maine South Is For Real
The Hawks showed just how dangerous they could be early
in the season when they stunned then #11 GBS. Monday, the Hawks upset #15
Fremd and solidified their candidacy for the team no one will want to face
in next week's playoffs.
Niles West Beats Evanston
The climb has been steady, but the Wolves continued
their upward trajectory by beating Evanston 13-11 on Friday in the CSL
Maine South Advances To CSL Final
The Hawks have been quite good this year, finishing
third in the CSL and finishing above .500 for the first time in team
history. But to make it to the conference finals with two straight wins
Sandburg Grabs Share of SWSC Blue Title
The Eagles trailed rivals H-F by one game entering the
final week of the season, plus they had to face both the Vikings and
Lincoln-Way Central in Week 9. They responded by beating the Knights 11-6
on Wednesday and then knocked off H-F 12-8 on Friday to share the title
with the Vikings.
News and Notes
We are just 132 games and 146 teams away from figuring
out who will advance to the state tournament. Two-days of play-in game
begin on Monday/Tuesday, the quarterfinals play out on Wednesday/Thursday,
things get heated up on Friday with the semifinal round, and the season
reaches its' boiling point on Saturday with 16 sectional finals in a
three-hour span that will determine the state tournament field. It's game
Alex Shkiler (Stevenson)
Maureen Barron (Fenwick)
Week 9 Super Ballers