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  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 state.


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 Big Dance.


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 tournament.


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 Sectional title).


The final quarterfinal of the night marks the first meeting between the two teams in 2015.





GAME 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 Lions.


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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