STATE SEMIFINALS 2013
Only four teams remain in the state water polo playoffs in 2013. The
quarterfinal round winners meet for a total of two contests to determine which
teams will in the state title game on Saturday night. Here is
your guide to all of the action on Saturday, May 18:
9:00am Lincoln-Way Central vs Mundelein
The Knights and Mustangs meet for the first time in 2013 with a state title
berth on the line. With that much mystery surrounding the proceedings, we'll
have to assume things will boil down to which defense can stop the other
team's main weapon on the offensive end. Danijela Jackovich poured in 8
goals and proved unstoppable for the Loyola defense on Thursday night, so
Mundelein will have to find a way to limit her chances. The same can be said
about Karrie Kozokar for the Mustangs, as she totaled 9 goals in the team's
11-5 win over Barrington in the quarterfinals.
Jackovich will continue to lead the team on both the offensive and defensive ends, but they
may need major contributions from Beth Senese, Kristi Howe, Liz Klock, Megan
McLean, Michelle Dundek,
and goalie Caroline Foglton. Mundelein will look to
Allison Boothe and Kozokar for their offensive production, but they
have a variety of players like Courtney Perrault, Hannah Davidson, and
Michelle Barron that are more than capable of making a big difference for
the state's fourth-ranked squad. Barron came up big with two goals in the
victory over the Fillies on Thursday.
Questions: Which defense can stop their opponents' main offensive
weapon? How will the teams and coaches adjust after never having played in
the regular season? How will the players adapt to being in the unfamiliar
territory of a state semifinal game on Saturday morning?
Previous meeting: The two teams did not meet in 2013.
10:15am Mother McAuley vs St Ignatius
Mother McAuley is riding high after stunning the defending champions
(Fenwick) on Thursday night. They have to avoid a letdown, but they won't be
overlooking rival St Ignatius in the semifinal round. The Wolfpack turned
things on late in the first half of their quarterfinal game with Naperville
Central to walk away with a 15-6 win. The teams have a day to rest before
continuing their rivalry on Saturday morning at Stevenson High School.
The Mighty Macs lineup is as strong as it has ever been, with Amy Kopale,
Clare Bryar, Fran Williamson, Kristen Kleist, Meg Golon, and Vicky Arciniega
all expected to make major contributions in the semifinal contest against
another Catholic League foe. Meanwhile,
St Ignatius blends the experience of Becky Insalaco, Karen Juarez, Maggie
Maloney, Rebecca Martinez, and Tammy Stelnicki with freshmen Diana Fernandez
and Jenny Stelnicki (goalie).
Questions: Can the Mighty Macs carry the momentum from their win over
Fenwick into the next round? Will they be worn out from playing such a tough
game against the Friars deep into the night? Can the Wolfpack find a way to
stop Bryar from scoring like she did in both games during the regular
season? Can Tammy Stelnicki continue to shine if McAuley puts their focus on
stopping Insalaco? How will the contrast of goalies affect the outscome, as
Abbott is a senior with years of experience while Stelnicki is a freshman
playing in her first state tournament?
Previous meetings: Mother McAuley went 2-0 against St Ignatius in
2013. They won 11-6 on March 11 in an early-season conference game, then
defeated the Wolfpack 12-7 to win the MCAC Tournament on May 4. Clare Bryar
totaled 9 goals in the two games to lead the Mighty Macs to both victories.