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July 21, 2015

Illpolo Fest 2015 Game Recaps

By Aaron Brown

 

The second edition of the Illpolo Fest took place on July 21 at York High School, with three "feature" games in a unique event that included 64 players from 36 different high school teams in Illinois. Here is the on-the-deck report as best as I can remember it:

 

GAME #1

Elmhurst Water Polo Club 13 Illpolo Future Stars 7

Danny Stumpf recorded 5 goals and Wally Kleinfeldt scored 4 times as the hosts wrapped up their summer season with a 13-7 victory over Illpolo.

 

Elmhurst jumped out to a 7-1 lead by the second quarter before the Illpolo team used a pair of 3-0 runs to cut the lead to 10-6 by the end of the third period. Stumpf scored twice and Jordan Jopes sealed the win with a goal in the final period as EWPC pulled away for the win.

 

Jopes scored 2 times, both John Blum and Luke Nowak added one score and Tyler McKenna made 15 saves in the victory. Tim Evely also made a big impact on both ends of the pool for EWPC.

 

Rebecca Mathews recorded 4 goals while Pat Melaniphy, Peter Dales and Zach Elias each scored once in the loss. Lucas Santefort blocked 11 shots while the trio of Jimmy Heard, Mike Brennan and Steven Howell also played key roles for the losing side.

 

GAME #2

Illpolo All-Stars (White) 14 Illpolo All-Stars (Red) 8

Cassidy DeGraff scored 5 goals, Jillian Schultz netted 4 scores and Betsy Zanocco blocked 13 shots as the Illpolo White team defeated Illpolo Red 14-8.

 

The teams stayed even throughout most of the first half before DeGraff put White ahead 6-5 midway through the second quarter. Katherine Rogers added another goal in the final minute of the half for White, but Emily Rodgers found the back of the cage with seven seconds left before the break to make the score 6-5 at halftime.

 

DeGraff and Lizzie Hardt scored on consecutive possessions to start the second half before Zoe Salafatinos brought the teams back within one less than one minute later.

 

The White team caught fire from there, as Schultz started and finished a 5-0 run that also included two scores by DeGraff and a tally for Mae Van Beest. Kim Bernhard ended the run with a goal to cut the lead to 13-7, but Schultz put the icing on the cake with a late goal for the White squad.

 

Rogers added 2 goals while Hardt, Van Beest and Maddie Schultz all scored once in the victory. Haley Gibbs, Brianna Breason and Alyssa Hollander made major contributions on both ends of the pool for the winning side.

 

Bernhard, Rodgers and Salafatinos each scored 2 times while Kimela Srey added one tally in the losing effort. Alli Hansen, Cailey Davern, Emily Mathews and Maria Campbell provided standout performances while Issi French registered 10 blocks for the Red team.

 

GAME #3

Illpolo All-Stars (Red) 17 Illpolo All-Stars (White) 16

Mark Hallman, Nolan Roberts, Simon Shatinsky and Zach Roper each scored 2 goals while Mike Brennan and Jake Burke combined to stop 10 shots as Illpolo Red defeated Illpolo White 17-16 in a shootout finish to end the event.

 

The game needed "bonus" water polo after the White team tied the game at the end of regulation. Shane Hughes' attempt from the left side of the pool hit the crossbar but the carom fell right into the path of Danny Farmer, who tied the game as the horn sounded to send the game to extra time.

 

In the shootout, nine straight goals were scored before UCLA's Matt Farmer tried a surprising backhand attempt from the penalty spot that Brennan denied in his final game as a goaltender to seal the win for Red.

 

Mark Alvarado, Pat Burke, Scott DePuy and Steven Howell each scored once in the win for Red. Drake McClure, Eric Sutton, Jordan Jopes and Luke Landiak also made major contributions on both ends of the pool for the victors.

 

Farmer, Hughes and Peter Dales each scored 2 times while Pat Melaniphy and Will Skowron teamed up to stop 15 shots in the loss. Ivan Ariza, Mitch Zieler, Noah Groll, Zach Elias and Wally Kleinfeldt all made a major impact for the White team.

 

 

 

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