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  2014 Boys' Season Preview

  By Aaron Brown

  February 2014

 

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TOP BOYS' MATCHUPS OF 2014

 

The 2014 regular season features several important games that can either decide a conference title, determine postseason seeding for conference and sectionals, or provide a preview of potential sectional final games.

 

Here is a list of some key dates that should be circled on the water polo calendar for 2014:

 

MARCH 10

#5 Loyola at #1 Fenwick

The Ramblers stunned the Friars to win the Catholic League title the last time these two teams met in 2013, so expect a tense affair in the marquee event of 'opening night' in Oak Park.


MARCH 17

#7 Brother Rice at #4 St Ignatius
The Crusaders will be seeking a bit of revenge when they travel to St Ignatius in Week 2; the Wolfpack beat Rice 9-6 in the state quarterfinals last season.


MARCH 18

#5 Loyola at #6 Stevenson
This nonconference battle between Loyola and Stevenson takes place early in the season, but it should serve as a showcase of two potential state tournament teams with serious title hopes.


MARCH 24

#1 Fenwick at #7 Brother Rice
The rivalry continues for the Crusaders and Friars when Fenwick heads to Rice on March 24 for a game that always has major implications on the Catholic League title race.


APRIL 7 & APRIL 28
#13 Palatine vs #16 Conant

The Cougars will hope to repeat as MSL champions in 2014, but they will be tested twice in April by a solid-looking Palatine team that has conference title aspirations of their own.


APRIL 9

#10 New Trier at #5 Loyola
The Trevians finally got past the Ramblers in last year's GBN Sectional final to advance to the state tournament; this mid-season battle could be a preview of another classic postseason showdown between the two nonconference rivals.


APRIL 9 & MAY 7

#9 Homewood-Flossmoor vs #12 Sandburg
The two regular season matches between the Vikings and Eagles are always heated, so expect more of the same with both teams hoping to lay claim to the SWSC Blue title this year.


APRIL 10

#2 Naperville North at #9 Naperville Central
The Huskies have their sights set on a state title in 2014, but they will have to fend off the resurgent Redhawks if they hope to get back to the "promised land" in May. This regular season contest at Central should be the hosts' best chance to show they can be a serious threat to the Huskies' postseason plans.


APRIL 28

#4 St Ignatius at #6 Stevenson
Expect a great late season battle between St Ignatius and Stevenson in Lincolnshire on April 28; the hosts upended the Wolfpack in the state semifinals last May en route to a second-place trophy.


APRIL 29
#2 Naperville North at #3 Lyons

The Huskies and Lions meet in a late-season, nonconference battle in LaGrange on April 29; the winner will likely emerge as one of the main contenders for a state title in 2014.


 

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