The following previews cover the boys' state semifinals on Saturday,
9:00am - Fenwick vs Naperville North
The Friars have been waiting nine weeks to get a chance to avenge their Week
2 loss to Naperville North in the title game of their own tournament. The
Huskies have also been waiting nine weeks to beat Fenwick when it really
matters at the state tournament. That time has finally arrived for both
squads, as the first boys' semifinal round game on Saturday morning pits #1
Naperville North against #3 Fenwick for a spot in the state championship
game on Saturday night.
The Huskies wasted no time getting past Sandburg in the first quarterfinal
round game on Thursday, as Nolan Roberts scored 5 goals and Drake McClure
tallied 4 scores in a 17-4 win over the Eagles. Fenwick was equally
impressive, as Ryan Masi scored 5 times and Danny Farmer registered 4 scores
in a 15-7 victory over St Ignatius.
The only meeting between the two teams resulted in a one-goal victory for
the Huskies. In that game, the Friars held a 5-3 halftime lead before North
outscored the hosts 8-5 in the second half. Gianmarco Duin scored 4 goals
and Drake McClure netted 3 scores in that win for the Huskies, while Danny
Farmer led the Friars' offense with 3 goals.
The most-highly anticipated game of the season is finally upon us and it
goes down bright and early on Saturday morning (9:00am) at Stevenson High
10:15am - Loyola vs Stevenson
The Ramblers and Patriots are both just one victory away from having another
shot at claiming their first IHSA state championship. Loyola came close in
2012 before losing to Lyons in the title game; Stevenson finished in second
place last season after losing to Fenwick in the state finals. Which team
will get their best-ever opportunity to walk away with the state title with
a crucial semifinal round win?
Loyola methodically took apart the Palatine defense on Thursday night to
advance to the semifinals. Cam Shewchuck and Ragen Murphy both scored 4
goals in a 15-9 win over the Pirates. Meanwhile, the Patriots completely
shut down the Brother Rice offense in the first half of their 12-7 victory
over the Crusaders. Alex Divanyan and Mitchell Sokolsky both recorded 3
goals, while goalie Shaurya Gilani made 15 saves in the win.
The teams have a recent history, as the Ramblers edged the Patriots 9-8 in
Week 8 in the same pool that serves as host of Saturday morning's semifinal
game. Loyola used a balanced effort that featured 2 goals apiece from
Shewchuck, Jack Schermerhorn, Matt Kearney, and Tom Baker to earn the
regular season victory. The Patriots also had contributions from a wide
variety of players, as Andrew Shashin scored 3 times and Divanyan, Sokolsky,
Alex Kapacki, Liam Holzer, and Zach Stephens each scored once in the loss.
2014 could be the best chance for both teams to win a state championship.
Only one can make it to the final game. And both teams are so evenly matched
that it would be impossible to try and predict who will emerge from this
contest as the winner. Loyola won the previous meeting. Stevenson gets to
play in their home pool. Both teams have confidence after coming off
impressive wins. Who will get to play for another state title on Saturday