If the Friars hope to defend their title, they will likely need
contributions from throughout their entire lineup. Look for a player like
Durkin to come through if opposing defenses spend too much time focusing
on shutting down players like Andrew Bertschy, Danny Farmer, and Omar
Majd Ibrahim (Sandburg)
Ibrahim stepped up in a huge way with 4 goals in Sandburg's sectional
semifinal victory over LWC last Friday. He could be called upon to step up
in a big way in the state quarterfinal matchup with top-ranked Naperville
North on Thursday.
Erica Mangia (Lincoln-Way East)
Mangia played a key role in helping the Griffins reach their first-ever
state tournament. The senior should continue to excel on both ends of the
pool for a team looking to dethrone the defending state champions (SICP)
on Friday night.
Kaleigh Dolan (New Trier)
Dolan set the tone for the Trevians in their win over Loyola in the GBS
Sectional final, connecting on the game's first goal from outside seven
meters. She has stepped her game up in the postseason and could play a
pivotal role in New Trier's quarterfinal matchup with Stevenson on Friday.