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  Sectional Finals - Previews         

  By Aaron Brown

  May 16, 2015

 

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GAME PREVIEWS (Saturday, May 16)

 

 

 

BUFFALO GROVE SECTIONAL

12:30pm - (1) Stevenson vs (6) Wheeling

The Wildcats will need to conjure up a fourth straight magical performance in the postseason if they hope to spoil the party for Stevenson, as the Patriots are just one win away from another state tournament appearance. Nate Reiff and company will hope to keep things close, as they have won two straight nail-biters over Lake Forest and Mundelein, while Stevenson will hope that a fast start can prevent any hopes of a Wheeling upset.

 

 

FENWICK SECTIONAL

1:00pm - (1) Fenwick vs (3) Curie

The Condors will look to make history by claiming their first sectional title and state tournament berth, but they will have to get past the defending champions in their home pool in order to do it. The Friars have plenty of things working in their favor, but they will have to be careful not to overlook a dangerous Condors' team.

 

 

GBN SECTIONAL

12:30pm - (1) Loyola vs (2) New Trier

The Ramblers and Trevians will meet in familiar territory in a rivalry game with a state tournament bid at stake. Loyola won last year's sectional semifinal encounter en route to a state championship, while New Trier qualified for state with a sectional final win over the Ramblers two years ago.

 

 

LWN SECTIONAL

11:15am - (4) LWC vs (2) Sandburg

The Eagles have made their typical postseason resurgence and find themselves one win away from a return trip to the big dance, but they will have to be at their best to prevent a red-hot Knights team from getting to their first-ever state tournament.

 

 

LYONS SECTIONAL

11:15am - (1) Lyons vs (3) Brother Rice

The Lions navigated their way through a tricky semifinal encounter with Stagg on Friday night, but they face another difficult challenge on Saturday against a Brother Rice team notorious for turning things up a notch in the postseason. Can the Crusaders do it again to reach the state tournament or will the hosts get back to the state tournament after a two year hiatus?

 

 

NEUQUA VALLEY SECTIONAL

11:30am - (1) Naperville Central vs (2) Neuqua Valley

The Redhawks have earned three wins over Neuqua Valley in 2015, but they'll have to do it again when it matters most against a team riding the momentum of last night's thrilling 10-9 win over Naperville North.

 

 

SCHAUMBURG SECTIONAL

12:30pm - (1) Barrington vs (2) Conant

The Broncos are one win away from their first sectional title and state tournament berth but must deal with an experienced Conant team that knows how to get the job done in the postseason. The Cougars are one year removed from the state tournament, but they will have to figure out how to stop Chase Lesniak and a Broncos team that beat them twice in the regular season.

 

 

ST IGNATIUS SECTIONAL

1:45pm - (1) St Ignatius vs (2) DLS

DeLaSalle and St Ignatius meet in the sectional finals for the third straight year, with the hosts hoping to achieve the same outcome for a third straight time. Can the Robert Rodriguez-led Meteors achieve their first sectional title in team history or will Billy Barth, Shane Hughes and company get one step closer to their goal of winning a state tournament trophy?

 


 

GAME PREVIEWS (Saturday, May 16)

 

 

 

BUFFALO GROVE SECTIONAL

11:00am - (1) Stevenson vs (2) Palatine

Stevenson will look to extend their dream season for one more week as the undefeated Patriots can get back to the state tournament if they can avoid a letdown against the Caroline Wojtas-led Pirates. Palatine could spoil the party and get back to state for the second straight year if they can shut down the potent offensive attack of the Patriots, who have plenty of weapons available and will know not to overlook a dangerous Palatine team.

 

 

FENWICK SECTIONAL

11:30am - (1) Fenwick vs (2) Oak Park

Local rivals meet for the first time in 2015 with a state tournament berth on the line. The Friars are just one win away from getting back to state to defend their title, while OPRF looks to make their first state tournament appearance in over a decade after putting together an impressive 29-2 season.

 

 

GBN SECTIONAL

11:00am - (1) New Trier vs (3) Loyola

The Trevians broke the Ramblers' state tournament streak last season with a 7-6 victory over their rivals and will look to repeat their success in the latest edition of this storied matchup. Loyola will look to carry over the momentum of last night's overtime victory over Glenbrook North to get to state for the fourth time in five seasons.

 

 

LWN SECTIONAL

10:00am - (1) Bremen vs (3) Lincoln-Way Central

The Red Jaguars find themselves in the familiar spot of being one win away from their first trip to the state tournament. Can they get over the hump this time against a Knights' team that has won this sectional two of the last three years?

 

 

LYONS SECTIONAL

10:00am - (1) Lyons vs (2) Mother McAuley

Everything is lined up for the Lions to make it back to the state tournament for the first time since 2011, where they beat the Mighty Macs to win their own sectional. Only problem is that they will have to get past a dangerous Mother McAuley team that seems to be peaking at the right time and could muster up another magical postseason performance to make it back to the state tournament themselves.

 

 

NEUQUA VALLEY SECTIONAL

10:00am - (1) Naperville North vs (3) Naperville Central

The Huskies are chomping at the bit to make it back to the state tournament to challenge for their first-ever title, but they should know better than to overlook a Redhawks' team that stunned Sandburg on Friday night and could pose a major problem for the Huskies' defense. If this year's encounter is like last year's edition (where the Huskies won on a buzzer-beater by their goalie) then expect some fireworks at Neuqua Valley on Saturday.

 

 

SCHAUMBURG SECTIONAL

11:30am - (1) Conant vs (3) Fremd

The Cougars find themselves one win away from their first trip to the state tournament, but they should not overlook a Fremd team that played a masterful defensive game against Prospect in yesterday's semifinal round. Conant beat Fremd twice in the regular season en route to the MSL title, but the Vikings will look to stymie the Carmen Rosas-led offense to get back to the state tournament after a brief hiatus.

 

 

ST IGNATIUS SECTIONAL

12:30pm - (1) St Ignatius vs (2) Evanston

The Wolfpack and Wildkits meet in a rematch of last year's sectional title game, which saw the hosts earn a 9-3 victory that sent them to the state tournament. St Ignatius has too much experience to overlook a strong defensive squad like Evanston, while the key for the Wildkits will be finding enough offense to pull off the upset over last year's state runner-up.

 


 

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