THE ILLPOLO REPORT
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
Daniel Rusca (Whitney Young)
Henry Yavitt (New Trier)
Bridget Soukup (LWW)
Lilly Lawrin (Elk Grove)
Biggest Impact Plays
Joey Dalesandro (Neuqua Valley)
Dalesandro's goal with two seconds remaining in regulation sent the
Wildcats past the Cougars as Neuqua Valley won the Conant Tournament with
a 10-9 win over the hosts.
George Lundgren/Tommy Kaptur (Lyons)
Kaptur sent the game to overtime with a lob shot from a difficult angle
and Lundgren scored a breakaway goal in sudden death overtime as Lyons
beat OPRF 6-5.
Andrew Shashin/Kurt Holzer (Stevenson)
Shashin scored an early fourth quarter goal to break a tie and Kurt Holzer
notched the game-winning score later in the final period as Stevenson beat
St Ignatius 8-7.
Kyle Jackson (Naperville Central)
Jackson's goal midway through the final period held up as the Redhawks
earned a 9-8 comeback win over New Trier on Friday night at the Stevenson
Sam Szczepaniak (Lyons)
Szczepaniak's game-winner came with :38 left
as the Lions defeated New Trier 8-7 on Saturday morning.
Allison Travetto (Stevenson)
Travetto scored the game-winner in top-ranked Stevenson's 8-6 win over
second-ranked St Ignatius on Tuesday.
Alyssa Rosenhorn (Elk Grove)
Rosenhorn connected on the game-winning goal in overtime as the Grenadiers
outlasted Maine East 8-7 on Thursday.
Claire Voss (Loyola)
Voss recorded the game-winner midway through the fourth quarter as the
Ramblers' edged Evanston 4-3.
Erin Muellerschoen (LWC)
Muellerschoen scored the game-winning goal with :32 left in regulation to
send the Knights past Andrew 6-5 on Tuesday.
Jessica Beal (Whitney Young)
Beal netted the game-winning goal in overtime to help the Dolphins beat
Maine East 10-9 on Saturday.
Top Goalie Performances
Austin Mollway (Neuqua Valley)
Mollway made 56 saves during Week 8 and helped Neuqua Valley win the
Conant Tournament by allowing just 5 goals per game for the victors.
Shaurya Gilani (Stevenson)
Gilani blocked 50 shots and a handful of penalty shots plus let in less
than 5 goals per game for the Patriots as they finished in third place at
their own event over the weekend.
Will Skowron (Fenwick)
Skowron totaled 30 saves and allowed 5 goals per game to help the Friars
win the Stevenson Tournament with win over Brother Rice, Oak Park,
Naperville Central and Stevenson.
Morgan Bartelment (Sandburg)
Bartelment stopped 31 shots and allowed 4 goals per game as the Eagles
went 3-0 during Week 8.
The Crusaders showed why they are often considered one of the most
dangerous teams to face late in the season after they knocked off New
Trier 15-13 on Saturday. Can they work their magic once again in 2015 to
earn a repeat trip to the state tournament?
The Giants racked up three wins in Week 8 (Buffalo Grove, Libertyville,
Maine East) and have improved from a 4-16 team in 2014 to a 12-9 team in
News and Notes
The regular season ends with a bang as several conference tournament
titles will be decided beginning on Monday and continuing through the
Final Week of the Regular Season
The regular season is coming to an end but there is still plenty to play
for as teams fight for conference titles and prepare for the sectional
Caliendo Wins #700
Sandburg head coach Jim Caliendo won his 700th game as a head coach on
Saturday by knocking off Niles West 8-4. Congrats on an epic milestone!
News Item #4
Baller shirts are now available for purchase in the Illpolo Mart which can
be located here:
Joey Dalesandro (Neuqua Valley)
Scott DePuy (Neuqua Valley)
Simon Shatinsky (Neuqua Valley)
Grace Achepohl (York)
Isabelle Gil (York)