The following is a summary of what took place during the
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
Alex Marlott (York)
Jason Schuler (St Patrick)
Erin Kay (Lincoln-Way Central)
Zoe Salafatinos (Neuqua Valley)
Biggest Impact Plays
Alex Marlott (York)
Marlott scored the game-winning goal in overtime as York outlasted Morton
11-10 in a key WSC contest on Monday.
Eric Johnson (St Rita)
Johnson's overtime game-winner against Stagg helped the Mustangs claim the
Niles West Tournament title.
Jack Sweeney (STC East)
Sweeney made the difference for the Saints as his overtime goal helped
East stun rivals STC North 7-6 on Thursday.
James Philbrick (Mundelein)
Philbrick scored a breakaway goal in sudden-death overtime to send the
Mustangs past St Ignatius 10-9 on Saturday.
Shane Hughes (St Ignatius)
Hughes scored with eight seconds left in regulation to send the game to
overtime and then nailed the game-winner in the fifth overtime as SICP
outlasted Loyola 13-12 on Monday.
Amber Barney (H-F)
Barney netted the game-winner in the closing stages of the Vikings' 6-5
upset win over LWE on Tuesday.
Caroline Walsh (Lyons)
Walsh drilled the game-winning goal to beat Evanston in the title game of
the Lyons Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Diana Capota (GBS)
Capota scored the eventual game-winning goal to help the Titans
claim a 9-8 victory over HP.
Mary Kress (Hinsdale Central)
Kress notched the game-winner in sudden death as the Red Devils defeated
York 10-9 on Wednesday.
Top Goalie Performances
Chris McMahon (St Rita)
McMahon made several key saves to keep his team ahead in three one-goal
victories at the Niles West Tournament as the Mustangs won the event with
a 4-0 record.
Matt Lefler (Niles West)
Lefler totaled 31 saves, 17 steals and a key goal in an 11-10 win over DLS
in the third place game of the Wolves' tourney.
Erin Kay (LWC)
The Knights' goaltender won three games and allowed less than four goals
per game at the LWE Tournament as her squad claimed the event's title on
Jordin Hale (Oak Park)
Hale made 22 saves and allowed less than 3 goals per game as OPRF finished
3-0 in Michigan at the Saline Tournament.
The Mustangs sent a strong message by winning the Niles West Tournament
with wins over the hosts and Stagg over the weekend.
The Chargers went to LaGrange and earned a 15-14 upset win over Lyons
during Week 3.
The Vikings' upset last year's state tournament qualifiers 6-5 after Amber
Barney's game-winner in the closing stages of the fourth quarter of the
News and Notes
Sectional Hosts Announced
The IHSA announced the eight sectional hosts for the 2015 water polo
playoffs. The sites can be found
News Item #2
The Cube's live coverage of the York Tournament garnered over 1,200
followers despite the fact that their technical difficulties only allowed
for an audio broadcast. Still, the number of people that tuned in sent a
clear message that water polo is not a sport to be slept on in Illinois.
The event producer was highly interested in trying to do this sort of
thing again. A win for water polo!
The IHSA will release the sectional assignments for the 2015 playoffs
sometime between today and April 16. The date is never consistent but
illpolo.com will be checking on a daily basis for these important