By Aaron Brown
May 21, 2015
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GAME PREVIEWS (Thursday, May 21)
4:30pm - St Ignatius vs Stevenson
The top two teams in the state meet in a quarterfinal round clash to
kick off the state tournament.
The undefeated Patriots are seeking their first IHSA state title
after a pair of runner-up finishes over the past decade. They won
all three of their sectional games by double-digits and responded to
an early goal by Palatine with a 14-0 run that lasted the rest of
the game in the sectional finals.
The Wolfpack will be looking to get back in the winner's circle
after placing second in 2014 just one year after they won the state
title for the first time in 2013. They bounced back from
their only loss of the year by winning the Catholic League and then
getting past Evanston 4-1 to claim their own sectional.
The event hosts won the only meeting between the two teams 8-6 in
late April and have posted 33 wins to this point, claiming the BG
Sectional title with a convincing 14-1 win over Palatine.
5:45pm - Fenwick vs Naperville Central
The defending champions return to Lincolnshire hoping to defend
their crown against a young Redhawks' team that has hit their peak
at the perfect time.
Fenwick has drastically improved (as expected) as the season has
gone on, losing just twice in their last fifteen games (their only
loss to a team from IL was a one goal defeat to St Ignatius in the
Catholic League finals). They advanced to the state tournament by
outlasting Oak Park 6-5 to win their own sectional.
On the flip side, Central earned their stripes after running through
a difficult schedule and finally beat Naperville North 8-5 in the
Neuqua Valley Sectional final after losing to the Huskies twice
during the regular season.
The teams met in late April in Oak Park, with the Friars emerging
with an 8-4 victory over the Redhawks.
7:00pm - Lincoln-Way Central vs New Trier
The Knights and Trevians both enter the state tournament with the
hopes of claiming their first-ever IHSA state title when the dust
settles on the final weekend of the season.
The Trevians are riding the crest of an eight-game winning streak
that culminated in a 10-4 victory over Loyola in the GBN Sectional
final game. They got off to a slow start with five straight losses
at the start of the season, but got back to their usual winning ways
once they returned to full strength. They have gone 18-2 since early
April, with their two losses coming to the top two teams in the
The Knights peaked at the right time in order to win the LWN
Sectional and qualify for state for the third time in four years.
After losing to a pair of Top 10 teams the weekend before the
postseason started, Central got things in order and eventually edged
top-seeded Bremen 12-11 last weekend to keep their season alive.
The teams did not meet during the regular season.
8:15pm - Conant vs Lyons
The Lions return to the state tournament for the first time since
2010 to take on a Cougars team making their first appearance in the
Lyons is back amongst the final eight teams in the state hoping for
the same result as their last trip to the event, when they won a
state title in 2010. They racked up plenty of high-quality wins
against an always difficult schedule and eventually outlasted Mother
McAuley 6-3 in their own sectional final to advance to the state
The Cougars won their first 23 games of 2015 before dropping two
straight one-goal losses to Oak Park and Neuqua Valley. After
another loss to top-ranked Stevenson, Conant has gone on to win six
straight contests (including an MSL title and the Schaumburg
The final quarterfinal of the night marks the first meeting between
the two teams in 2015.
RECAPS (Thursday, May 21)
Stevenson 9 St Ignatius 7
Allison Travetto scored 6 goals and Melissa Gartenberg netted 3
scores as the Patriots responded to a 6-3 halftime deficit to beat
St Ignatius 9-7 on Thursday in the first girls' quarterfinal round
game. Stephania Lopez scored 3 times and Karen Juarez scored 2 goals
in the loss for the Wolfpack.
Fenwick 11 Naperville Central 7
Catie Wallace totaled 6 goals and Jillian Wickham added 2 scores to
help the Friars outlast the Redhawks 11-7 on Thursday to advance to
the state semifinal round. Kaela Codo recorded all but one of
Central's goals to keep them within striking distance of the
defending champions until the end.
New Trier 14 Lincoln-Way Central 3
Lauren Barrett and Stephanie Jodloman each scored 4 goals and both
Kaleigh Dolan and Sarah Caywood scored 2 times as the Trevians
pulled away from the Knights in the second quarter to earn a 14-3
victory to advance to the state semifinal round. Kenzie Applequist,
Kim Bernhard and Delaney Shepard each put in one score for the
Knights, who cut the Trevians' lead to 4-3 midway through the second
period before getting shut down the rest of the way.
Lyons 16 Conant 13 (OT)
Caroline Walsh and Julia Cohen both recorded 5 goals and Kaysie
Stuba notched 3 scores as the Lions outlasted Conant 16-13 in
overtime to advance to the state semifinals. Lyons, who led 5-1
early and did not give up the lead until the final period, battled
back from a late two-goal deficit as Walsh scored two straight goals
down the stretch. In the overtime period, Walsh scored two straight
goals as part of a 4-0 run that sealed a thrilling victory for the
The Cougars came so close to winning their first state tournament
game with a two-period rally that saw them tie the game at 9-9 by
the end of the third quarter. Carmen Rosas and Sam Wooley played a
major role in the comeback, as both tallied 5 scores in the game.
Wooley gave Conant their first lead on a lob shot and Rosas followed
with a quick score to put Conant ahead 11-9. Stuba and Rosas traded
goals to make the score 12-10 before Walsh provided the heroics to
send the game to overtime.
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