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All-Sectional Team Omissions

Part I

 

The following players deserved a spot on the All-Sectional First Team or Second Team, but for some reason they were omitted, making the Honorable Mention list and not being eligible to make the All-State Team. Below is a list of some key omissions from both the boys' and girls' teams:

 

BOYS

Andrew Wojdyla/Tim Yara (Andrew)

The T-Bolts ended 2014 with their best performance in team history; they finished 26-4, won the SWSC Red division, and fell two goals shy of their first-ever state tournament berth at the LWC Sectional. Wojdyla was a consistent playmaker all season long for Andrew while Yara was a difference-maker on the defensive end. One or possibly both players were deserving of a spot on one of the first two teams along with teammates Eric and Mike Tamulonis.

 

Garrett Nash (Naperville North)

Nash has been solid and consistent throughout the 2014 campaign for the state's top-ranked team. He drastically improved his scoring on the offensive end and continues to make his mark as a tenacious defender for a highly-physical Huskies team. He totaled 8 goals at the Metea Sectional, scoring 2 goals in a 9-6 title game victory over Naperville Central, adding 2 more in a semifinal win over Neuqua, and leading the team with 4 goals in a quarterfinal win over HC.

 

George Lundgren (Lyons)  

Lundgren had a strong overall campaign highlighted by his late season efforts; he recorded 9 goals at the Stevenson Tourney in Week 8, then connected on the game-winning goal in the Lions' 10-7 sectional semifinal victory over Oak Park last weekend.

 

Matt Lefler (Niles West)

The Wolves are a well-balanced unit, but they more than likely don't have their best season in team history without Lefler serving as the last line of defense. The aggressive goaltender totaled 9 saves and 6 steals in the team's 11-8 sectional semifinal win over GBS and his 13 saves and two penalty shot blocks helped keep Niles West close against Loyola before falling 11-5 in the sectional finals at GBS.

 

Shaurya Gilani/Zach Stephens (Stevenson)

The Patriots powered through the Mundelein Sectional with three wins of 7 goals or more. Surely they should have had at least one more player rewarded on the First or Second Team. Stephens become a powerful weapon as the season wore on and should play a key role in the Patriots' success at the state tournament. Meanwhile, Gilani has been quite impressive in his first season in goal as Stevenson hasn't missed a beat after losing long-time starter Robbie O'Brien to graduation.

 

 

 

GIRLS

Allison Boothe (Mundelein)

Boothe not making one of the first two All-Sectional Teams may be one of the biggest injustices this year, as she has been one of the most consistent scorers in the state from start to finish in 2014. She registered 6 goals in a double header with Fenwick and St Ignatius in Week 1, led the team with 10 goals at the Fenwick Tournament in Week 4, and scored 9 times to close out the season in her team's home tournament. In the playoffs, she scored 3 times in all three of Mundelein's sectional games, which included wins over BG and Wheeling and a title-game loss to Stevenson.

 

Courtney Gregori (Evanston)

Gregori was an impact player on both ends of the pool for an Evanston team that improved from 12-18 in 2013 to 22-7 this season. On the defensive end, she led the Wildkits in both blocks and steals while also making major contributions on the offensive end as the team's second leading scorer. She played a key role in Evanston winning both the Maine South Tournament and the CSL Tournament in 2014, then closed out her career with a key goal in a sectional final loss to St Ignatius as the team fell one game shy of making the state tournament.

 

Geena Peyton (Mother McAuley)

Peyton has been a revelation for the Mighty Macs since the early stages of the season. The talented goaltender helped fill the red cap donned by the graduated Sarah Abbott and is one of the main reasons Mother McAuley returns to state in 2014. With her team trailing 6-3 heading into the final period of their sectional final game against Bremen, the netminder allowed just one goal in regulation and overtime as the Macs walked away with a 9-7 win.

 

Kaitlyn Gorski (Neuqua Valley)

Gorski had a terrific all-around season for the Wildcats and served as one of the offensive leaders for a team that lasted until the sectional semifinals after beating Metea Valley in the quarterfinal round. She seemed to rack up just as many assists and steals as she did goals and may be one of the more underrated players in the state.

 

Kate MacDuff (Naperville North)

MacDuff minds the net for the third-ranked team in the state and lost only once in 2014. A solid last line of defense all season long, she stepped her game up at sectionals, letting in just five goals per game to help Naperville North win the Metea Valley Sectional. Oh...by the way, the goalie asked to take the final shot of a tie game in the sectional final and nailed a shot from beyond mid-pool at the end of regulation to send her team to the state tournament for the first time in nine years.

 

Liz Klock (LWC)

Klock is one of the top all-around players in the state; she helped the Knights win 16 games and finish second in the SWSC Red division. She led her team in scoring in both sectional games, scoring 4 times in a 10-3 win over H-F before putting in the team's only 2 goals in a 7-2 loss to Andrew in the semifinal round.

 

 

 

 

 

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