THE ILLPOLO REPORT
The following is a summary of what took place during the
fifth 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
Frank Skorski (St Viator)
Kurt Butterfield (Lincoln-Way West)
Catie Wallace (Fenwick)
Frankie Delleman/Julia Cohen (Team)
Biggest Impact Plays
Alex Brons (Palatine)
Brons connected on the game-winner in the final minute of Palatine's 9-8
conference victory over Hoffman.
Jack Carroll (Hersey)
Carroll's goal with less than one second remaining gave the Huskies an
11-10 overtime win over BG on Tuesday.
Keegan Finn (St Viator)
Finn scored the game-winning goal in the Lions' overtime upset of Lake
Forest on Friday night.
Kurt Butterfield (Lincoln-Way West)
Butterfield notched the game-winner in the late stages of the Warriors'
12-11 win over Andrew on Thursday.
Alex Kanaris (Stevenson)
Kanaris drove towards the goal and put in a rebound as the buzzer sounded
to lift Stevenson to a 5-4 victory over New Trier in the fifth-place game
of the Fenwick Tournament on Saturday.
Diana Fernandez (St Ignatius)
Fernandez scored the game-tying goal at the 2:07 mark to help St Ignatius
finish in a 6-6 draw with Fenwick in the title game of the Friars' own
Jessie Cronin (Whitney Young)
Cronin's goal with nine seconds left in regulation helped the Dolphins
earn a 7-6 win over Northside on Wednesday.
Lexi Buglio (Fenwick)
The Friars goalkeeper blocked a last-second shot attempt that was
headed for the left corner to help her team finish in a 6-6 draw with St
Ignatius in the title game of the Fenwick Tournament.
Top Goalie Performances
Chris Sekula (Lyons)
Sekula allowed an average of just 3 goals per game as LT won the York
Tournament with wins over Mundelein, Niles West, Oak Park, and SLUH. He
also recorded a shutout in the team's 14-0 win over #5 Oak Park.
Michael Shabel (Naperville North)
Shabel recorded 25 saves and one shutout as the Huskies won their own
event by beating Fremd, Sandburg, and STC North.
Mitch Courtney (Hinsdale Central)
Courtney totaled 32 saves and 24 steals as the Red Devils won the GBS
Tournament after wins over the GBS, Conant, and Lincoln-Way West.
Anna Tamulonis (Andrew)
The Andrew goalkeeper allowed 11 goals in three games as the T-Bolts
downed LWW, Stagg, and Waubonsie Valley. She totaled 38 saves in the three
Kate MacDuff (Naperville North)
MacDuff made two crucial blocks in the final quarter of the Huskies' 12-11
win over Naperville Central on Wednesday.
Kim Butler (Palatine)
Butler totaled 52 saves to help the Pirates finish with a 4-0 record at
the Maine East Tournament. She also recorded 40 saves during the week in
victories over Hersey, Hoffman, and Libertyville.
The Mustangs earned their first West Suburban Conference win on Wednesday
by holding off Hinsdale South 11-9.
The Lions stunned Lake Forest on Keegan Finn's overtime winner on Friday
night, handing the Scouts their first loss of the 2013 season.
Mustangs catapulted to the #4 spot after beating three Top 10 teams during
Week 5; they beat #3 New Trier on Tuesday in a nonconference affair, then
toppled #5 Loyola and #6 Naperville Central on Thursday night at the
The Pirates completed a 7-0 week by winning a tournament at Maine East on
Saturday; they also earned key victories over Hersey and Libertyville
during Week 5.
News and Notes
Awaiting State Tournament Brackets
Could this be the week that the IHSA draws the pairings for the state
tournament brackets? Stay tuned...
Fighting Over SLUH
The state's top two boys' teams were on track to play for the second time
this season at the York Tournament, but Missouri's St Louis University
High shocked the Friars 9-8 in sudden-death overtime, advancing to play
Lyons for the tournament title instead. The Lions wasted no time taking
control against the out-of-state visitors en route to a 15-4 title-game
victory. Lyons and Fenwick could see each other again at the Stevenson
Fenwick and St Ignatius Build Suspense
The Friars and the Wolfpack finished a tense contest tied at 6-6 in the
title game of the Fenwick Tournament; instead of overtime, the two teams
will meet in a conference game less than 48 hours after the final horn
sounded on Saturday night.
Joe Shannon/Peter Dore (Lyons)
Becky Insalaco/Rebecca Martinez (St Ignatius)
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