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  2014 Girls' Season Preview

  By Aaron Brown

  February 2014


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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:



#1 St Ignatius vs #2 Fenwick
The opening week of the season culminates with a matchup between the top two teams in the state at a neutral site in Mundelein. Which team will gain the upper-hand in the first of many meetings between the Friars and Wolfpack?


#1 St Ignatius at #4 Mother McAuley

The defending champions continue their tough early season slate as they travel to McAuley to take on their Catholic League rivals, who they edged in last May's semifinal round by one goal. The Mighty Macs can never be underestimated, as they knocked off the Wolfpack to win last year's MCAC Tournament and would love to gain the early momentum in the season series with their familiar foes.


#6 Loyola at #5 Stevenson
The Patriots play host to the Ramblers on March 18 in a nonconference affair between two teams with their sights set on getting to play in the same pool two months later at the state tournament. This fixture could also be an early indicator of whether or not the two squads could make a serious run at a state title in 2014.


#2 Fenwick at #4 Mother McAuley
The Mighty Macs continue their difficult week with a conference game against Fenwick just two days after taking on top-ranked St Ignatius. Can McAuley get the better of the Friars like they did in last year's sectional quarterfinal thriller or will Fenwick gain a bit of revenge in their quest to win the Catholic League and a state title in 2014?


#15 Fremd vs #17 Palatine
The rivalry games between the Vikings and Pirates could take on additional meaning in 2014 as both teams have their sights on overtaking Barrington for the MSL crown.

#1 St Ignatius at #2 Fenwick

By the time April 7 rolls around, the regular season battle between Ignatius and Fenwick could determine the Catholic League's regular season champion.


#3 Mundelein at #5 Stevenson
The regular season battle between Mundelein and Stevenson in early April could help decide the North Suburban Conference title while also serving as a potential sectional final preview.


#7 Naperville North at #10 Naperville Central
The Huskies start the season as the early favorite amongst the Naperville teams, but they will have a battle on their hands as they try to overtake Naperville Central for a state tournament berth. The winner of the regular season contest between the two teams at Central on April 10 could also lay claim to the top seed in the Naperville-area sectional when the postseason arrives.


#6 Loyola at #8 New Trier
The Ramblers hope to continue their momentum against the Trevians after winning a 5-4 sectional final thriller last May. The regular season battle between the two squads on April 15 will likely determine the top seed in the Glenbrook Sectional and should give the winner plenty of momentum and confidence if the two teams eventually meet again with a state berth on the line in May.


#9 Lincoln-Way Central at #12 Sandburg
The Knights and Eagles finished the SWSC season with identical 12-1 records in 2013; while the two teams will play in different divisions this year, this game should still serve as a late-season showcase as to which team has the best shot at a state tournament berth.


#11 Lyons at #13 Oak Park
The key matchup between the Lions and Huskies could help decide the regular season champion of the West Suburban Conference when the two meet on April 28 at OPRF.




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