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  Quarterfinal #4: Lyons vs Naperville Central

  2015 STATE TOURNAMENT

 

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QUARTERFINAL #4

8:15pm - Lyons vs Naperville Central

The Lions are back in the state tournament after a two-year layoff and will be looking to recreate the magic of their 2012 state title-winning season. The Redhawks are also back in the mix after three straight misses and could have their best chance at winning their first-ever state title if they can get past LT in the quarterfinal round's last contest.

 

Lyons finished with an impressive 29-4 mark that included two lengthy winning streaks. The only blemish on their record since late March was an 8-5 loss to their Friday night opponents. The Lions earned a bit of revenge last weekend by getting past Stagg in their own sectional semifinal before beating Brother Rice to advance to the state tournament.

 

Naperville Central finished the year with one of their best seasons in team history (29-2) with both of the losses coming against top-ranked Fenwick. They have won seven straight since their most recent loss to the Friars at the end of Week 8 and qualified for state after beating Neuqua Valley 12-9 in last weekend's sectional playoffs.

 

Central beat Lyons in the preliminary round of the Stevenson Tournament in Week 8 in the same location as their quarterfinal round matchup in Friday night.

 

BOX SCORE

FINAL

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Lyons

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13

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Naperville Central

11

 


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PLAY-BY-PLAY

PERIOD 1

- LT starts with it but Joe Lawrence makes a big save on the Lions' first attempt

- NC turns it over; LT does the same as the shot clock was close to expiring

- Phillip Emden drew an ejection but Michael Zahorik makes a strong field block

- Tommy Kaptur strikes first for the Lions as the shot clock expired! 1-0 Lyons!

- Thomas Waters scores on the Lions' next trip down and they take an early 2-0 lead

- Kyle Jackson goal

- Sam Szczepaniak goal

- Nick Walker goal

- Jack Linden save

- Linden blocks an attempt from the left side after an ejection to keep Lyon ahead by one

- Christian May makes a steal as the quarter winds down

- Emden misses a sweep shot attempt from near 4m

- Lawrence makes a save and NC will have the final chance...

- Ejection called but Jackson lobs over the goal and the period ends with Lyons ahead 3-2

LYONS 3 NAPERVILLE CENTRAL 2

 

PERIOD 2

- Kaptur scores from 2m to start the period

- Jackson responds within seconds and its a 4-3 Lyons lead

- Linden makes a loud save to prevent a goal but the Lions misfire on the other end

- A field block and a steal prevent an LT goal after an ejection

- Pass into set results in a double team on Emden and Kaptur gets the loose ball

- KAPTUR! HAT TRICK! Lyons leads 5-3 with 3:10 left in the half

- GOAL! CENTRAL! That's JUNIOR Nick Walker's second and it's 5-4 now with 2:35 left in Q2

- The teams trade stops before Jackson rocks the crossbar/corner with a shot that stays out

- Ejection called on Central and Lyons takes a timeout with 1:03 remaining in the first half; 5-4 Lyons

- The set play doesn't work but Lyons sets up George Lundren for a goal from 7m to close the half!

LYONS 6 NAPERVILLE CENTRAL 4

 

PERIOD 3

- Central starts the second half with possession and they SCORE! Phillip Emden's first! 6-5 Lyons

- THE RESPONSE!!!!! Seconds later its a NATHAN HENDERSON goal! 7-5 Lyons!

- And another! Adam Cardone makes it 8-5!

- And another!!!!! Sam Szczepaniak gives Lyons a 9-5 lead!

- Kyle Jackson cuts the lead to 9-6 with 4:45 left in Q3

- Henderson scores again to make it 10-6 Lyons!

- Szczepaniak scores again to make the score 11-6 and Central needs a timeout! Wow! 3:20 left in Q3

- Walker skips in a much-needed goal for Central to cut the Lyons lead to 11-7 with 2:50 left in Q3

- Ejection on NC but a wall of arms blocks Lundgren's outside shot

- Linden an outside shot and Lyons can try to add to their lead; Lawrence makes a save on the other end

- Linden blocks a sweep shot attempt and neither team can add a goal on their final possessions

LYONS 11 NAPERVILLE CENTRAL 7

 

PERIOD 4

- Central strikes first after an ejection and the lead is down to 11-8. Nick Walker with the tally...

- The teams trade turnovers and Central takes over with 5:21 left in the fourth

- CENTRAL STRIKES AGAIN! NICK WALKER! 11-9 Lyons with 5:14 left in Q4

- Central draws an ejection after a stop and they call timeout trailing Lyons 11-9 with 4:53 left in Q4

- PENALTY! LUNDGREN! 12-9 LYONS!

- ANSWER! CENTRAL! NICK WALKER! 12-10 with 4:20 still left in Q4

- GOAL! CENTRAL! 12-11......Kyle Jackson - Timeout Lyons with a one goal lead and 3:50 left

- Lyons turns it over, Linden makes a steal on the other end...

- SICK LOB! Left handed from the right post! Sam Szczepaniak! 13-11 Lyons w/3:00 left

- Central can't convert after an ejection and Lyons takes over with 1:57 left in Q4

- Central has just missed on three straight trips and LT has it with 0:35 left. Timeout called...

- Another stop for Lyons and they will look to run out the clock!

- LYONS WINS! 13-11 over NC. They will take on St Ignatius in tomorrow's semifinal round.

LYONS 13 NAPERVILLE CENTRAL 11

 


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GAME RECAP

 

Lyons 13 Naperville Central 11

Sam Szczepaniak scored 4 goals and Tommy Kaptur notched 3 scores as the Lions built an 11-6 lead by the middle of the third period and staved off a late rally to beat Naperville Central 13-11 to advance to the state semifinals.

 

Szczepaniak and Nathan Henderson each scored 2 goals and Adam Cardone scored once during a 5-0 run by the Lions that helped break the game open. Nick Walker, who led the Redhawks with 6 scores, tallied 3 straight goals to cut the LT lead to 11-9 before George Lundgren converted on a 5m shot to put LT ahead 12-9. Walker responded with another goal and Kyle Jackson scored his fourth of the game to trim the lead to 12-11, but Szczepaniak's left-handed lob shot helped seal the Lions win. Central had multiple chances to score down the stretch but could not find the back of the net by the time the final horn sounded.

 

Scoring

Lyons: Szczepaniak 4, Kaptur 3, Henderson 2, Lundgren 2, Cardone, Waters

Naperville Central: Walker 6, Jackson 4, Emden

 


 

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