THE ILLPOLO REPORT
The following is a summary of what took place during the
tenth 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
Chris Formosa (Lockport)
Remy Dalloul (Stevenson)
Beth Senese/Megan McClean (Lincoln-Way Central)
Jenny Doyle (Naperville Central)
For a complete description, see
Players to Watch:
Biggest Impact Plays
Gabe Stein-Rojas (Bremen)
Stein-Rojas connected on the game-winning goal with :06 left in
regulation to send Bremen past 17-16.
Jason Woodruff (Lake Forest)
Woodruff's rebound goal in sudden-death overtime helped the Scouts hold
off Libertyville 12-11 on Wednesday night.
Joe Shannon (Lyons)
Shannon notched the game-tying and game-winning goals in the fourth
quarter of LT's 8-7 victory over Fenwick.
Kevin Tunney (Sandburg) *CORRECTION*
Tunney scored the eventual game-winning goal with 1:38 left in
regulation to help the Eagles
earn an 11-10 comeback win over Stagg on Saturday.
Cara Borkovec/Haley Wickham (Fenwick)
Borkovec assisted Wickham's goal on the opening play of sudden-death
overtime as Fenwick defeated Lyons 7-6 to advance to the state
Lizzie Hollopeter (Metea Valley)
Hollopeter's lob shot and ensuing insurance goal in the final period
helped Metea Valley stun Naperville North 8-6 in the semifinal round of
the Mustangs' sectional.
Top Goalie Performances
Max Plichta (Fremd)
Plichta totaled 40 total saves in wins over Schaumburg and Hoffman over
the weekend as Fremd qualified for the state tournament for the first
Robbie O'Connor (Loyola)
O'Connor totaled 12 saves in Loyola's 10-9 sectional final win over New
Trier, including a block at the end of regulation to preserve the
Ramblers' state berth.
Caroline Foglton (Lincoln-Way Central)
Foglton blocked 9 shots, allowed just 4 goals, and provided the assist
on Danijela Jackovich's game-winning goal to lift the Knights to a 5-4
victory over H-F.
Lisa Michalowski (Stevenson)
Michalowski totaled 44 saves at the Palatine Sectional, plus she came up
big in a 10-4 final game win over Wheeling, as she stopped 15 shots to
help the Patriots advance to state.
Bremen Earns Tournament's Biggest Upset
Seventh-seeded Bremen shocked second-seeded Andrew
17-16 behind Quinn Johnson's eight-goal performance and Gabe Stein-Rojas'
game-winner in the closing seconds.
Stagg Upsets Brother Rice In Semifinals
The Chargers earned their biggest win in team history,
an 11-9 triumph over Brother Rice in the semifinal round of their own
sectional. Stagg came up short in its' quest for a state tournament berth,
falling to Sandburg 11-10 in the sectional finals.
Five Seeds Go 6-2 Against Four Seeds
While these contests normally pit evenly-matched teams
against one another, it was still a bit of a surprise to see this many
lower seeds earn wins on Thursday night. In possibly the biggest upset,
Northside beat Whitney Young in overtime just one week after losing to
them in the CPS Tournament. Evanston beat Prospect and Lockport got past
Andrew in what could also be considered mild surprises.
Metea Valley Stuns Naperville North
The Huskies were all set for a sectional final showdown
with Naperville Central, but Metea's 4-0 run in the fourth quarter was
capped by two Lizzie Hollopeter goals and the hosts advanced to the
sectional final game instead.
News and Notes
State Tournament Field Set
Sixteen teams qualified for the state tournament, which
gets underway on Thursday, May 16 with four boys' quarterfinals, continues
with girls' quarterfinal games on Friday (May 17), and culminates with a
Saturday (May 18) fully-loaded with semifinals, consolation games, and the
state title games.
Alex Shkiler/Robbie O'Brien (Stevenson)
Charlie Dowdle/Robbie O'Connor (Loyola)
Dan Oldendorf/Dave Hir (Lockport)
Eric Curia/Michael Shabel (Naperville North)
Jacob Himmel (Latin)
Joe Shannon/Kovas Zygas (Lyons)
Matt Veldman (Sandburg)
Max Plichta (Fremd)
Abbey Kerth (Naperville Central)
Cara Borkovec (Fenwick)
Caroline Foglton/Danijela Jackovich (LWC)
Clare Bryar (Mother McAuley)
Erin McCook/Lisa Michalowski (Stevenson)
Isabelle Baneaux (New Trier)
Lauren Zambelli/Sam del Prado (Fremd)
Week 10 Super Ballers