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THE ILLPOLO REPORT

Week 10

 

The following is a summary of what took place during the most recent week in water polo action in Illinois. This is not a complete list; the purpose is to recognize several of the best performances from across the state that have been reported.

 

Players To Watch

BOYS

David Durkin (Fenwick)

Madj Ibrahim (Sandburg)

 

GIRLS

Erica Mangia (LWE)

Kaleigh Dolan (New Trier)

 

Biggest Impact Plays

BOYS

Dan Birmingham (Brother Rice)

Birmingham drew a penalty and converted the shot to halt a 4-1 run by Stagg that had allowed the Chargers to get within one goal of the Crusaders. Brother Rice eventually emerged with a 12-10 victory and a state tournament berth.

 

George Lundgren (Lyons)

Lundgren scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the fourth quarter of Lyons' 10-7 victory over Oak Park in the sectional semifinals at LT.

 

Garrett Nash (Naperville North)

Nash scored two consecutive goals in the second quarter to help the Huskies bounce back from an early 2-1 deficit to Naperville Central, paving the way for North to earn a 9-6 win in the sectional finals at Metea Valley.

 

Omar El Hoffi (Palatine)

El Hoffi's fourth quarter goal put a stop to Fremd's comeback attempt as Palatine grabbed a 12-10 lead midway through the final period and did not allow another goal in their sectional title-winning performance.

 

Wil Hubert (York)

Hubert recorded the game-winning goal with :19 remaining in overtime as York stunned STC North 10-9 to advance to the sectional semifinal round at Metea Valley.

 

Zach Roper (Sandburg)

Roper scored 2 times in the final two minutes to help the Eagles hold off Andrew 12-10 and advance to the state tournament.

 

GIRLS

Anna Ward (Mundelein)

Ward blocked a close-range shot in the final minute of the Mustangs' one-goal victory over Wheeling on Friday night.

 

Frankie Delleman (Lyons)

Delleman notched the game-winner with :51 left in regulation to lift the Lions over Oak Park 7-6 in the semifinals of the LT Sectional.

 

Kristen Anderson (Palatine)

Anderson recorded the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime to send the Pirates past rivak Fremd 10-9 in the semifinal round of the Palatine Sectional.

 

Kate MacDuff (Naperville North)

The Huskies' goalie delivered the game-winner from her own end in the closing seconds of the North's 9-8 victory over Naperville Central in the sectional finals at Metea Valley.

 

Katie Difiglio (STC North)

Difiglio registered the game-winning goal with six seconds remaining to help the North Stars get past Hinsdale Central 13-12 on Thursday in the sectional quarterfinals.

 

Keelin Frank (New Trier)

Frank blocked a penalty shot in the second half that allowed New Trier to hold off Loyola 7-6 in the sectional final at GBS.

 

Rachel Chumbook (Palatine)

Chumbook notched the game-winning goal in Palatine's 9-6 win over Conant in the sectional finals, sending the Pirates to the state tournament for the first time.

 

Top Goalie Performances

BOYS

Trevor Prince (Loyola)

Prince allowed just 12 goals in three Loyola victories as the Ramblers won the GBS Sectional. He made 13 saves and blocked a penalty shot in Friday's 13-4 win over New Trier and totaled 14 saves in an 11-5 win over Niles West in the title game on Saturday.

 

GIRLS

Kate MacDuff (Naperville North)

MacDuff scored the game-winner from her own end at the end of regulation to send the Huskies to the state tourney with a 9-8 triumph over Naperville Central. She allowed just five goals per game in North's three wins at the Metea Valley Sectional.

 

Keelin Frank/Zoe Gottleib (New Trier)

Frank and Gottleib combined to allow just 7 goals in three games as New Trier won the GBS Sectional. They allowed one second half goal in a 10-1 victory over Prospect, held Maine South scoreless in the semifinal round, and limited Loyola to 6 goals in a 7-6 title game win. Frank also made a key penalty save in the late stages of the title-winning victory over the Ramblers.

 

Biggest Surprises

BOYS

Brother Rice

The four-seed earned upset wins over Curie and Stagg to earn a return trip to the state tournament after a sub-.500 season.

 

GIRLS

LWE & Palatine

Both the Griffins and Pirates earned their first sectional titles and will head to the state tournament for the first time.

 

News and Notes

All-Sectional Teams

The All-Sectional Teams were announced on Sunday night and can be located in the 2014 Sectional Center.

 

State Tournament Time

The state quarterfinals begin on Thursday with four boys' contests. They are followed on Friday night with four girls' matchups, then continue on Saturday with semifinal and consolation/championship rounds.

 

 

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