Biggest Impact Plays
The following are a few of the players that came up big when it mattered most
for their teams during sectionals:
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.