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
Colin Daly (Fenwick)
Zach Otto (LWC)
Jess Larson (LWN
Kate Godley (Wheeling)
Biggest Impact Plays
Joey Dalesandro (Neuqua Valley)
Dalesandro pushed in the game-winning goal in the closing seconds of the
Wildcats' 11-10 victory over LWC.
Diana Fernandez (St Ignatius)
Fernandez grabbed her own rebound and scored the game-winning goal in the
Wolfpack's 9-8 win over Fenwick in the MCAC Tournament title game on
Lauren Johnson (Stagg)
Johnson scored the game-winner in the Chargers' 10-9 win over #23
Lincoln-Way East on Friday night.
Top Goalie Performances
Jack Linden (Lyons)
Linden allowed less than 4 goals per game to help the Lions win the WSC
Tournament title on Saturday.
Will Skowron (Fenwick)
Skowron made 25 saves to help the Friars win the Catholic League title
after wins over Loyola, St Ignatius and St Viator.
Elizabeth McKenna (New Trier)
McKenna stopped 26 shots and allowed just three goals in the Trevians' 4-3
title game win over Evanston as they won the CSL Tournament over the
Jenny Stelnicki (St Ignatius)
Stelnicki allowed 5 goals per game to help St Ignatius win the Catholic
League title after wins over Fenwick and Mother McAuley. She also provided
the assist on the game-winning goal in the Wolfpack's 9-8 title game win
Jocelyn Lent (Metea Valley)
Lent blocked 23 shots to help the Mustangs finish with an undefeated
record at their own tournament on Saturday.
Jordin Hale (Oak Park)
Hale made 32 saves and earned a shutout as the Huskies won the WSC
Tournament on Saturday.
The Mustangs are highly capable of winning big games, so their 11-10
victory over Barrington on Wednesday should give them optimism heading
into the postseason.
The Mustangs earned a draw with #17 Bremen and won two more games at their
own event to jump to the #36 spot in the latest rankings. They also beat
Whitney Young earlier in the week.
The Mustangs knocked off York in the WSC Tournament's quarterfinal round
and jumped to the #33 spot in the latest rankings as the regular season
News and Notes
Regular Season Complete
The nine-week regular season has come to an end after most teams have
played 30 games and conference champs have been crowned.
Sectional Playoffs Begin
The sectional playoffs get started on Monday night with the play-in games
on the girls' side and are followed by the play-in games on the boys' side
on Tuesday. From there, two days of quarterfinal matches will be contested
before a frenzy of water polo action goes down on Friday with the
sectional semifinal round. The state tournament qualifiers will be
determined on Saturday afternoon with 16 sectional final games spread
throughout the state.