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  By Aaron Brown

  May 24, 2014


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GAME PREVIEWS (Saturday, May 24)





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 School.




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 night?






11:30am - Stevenson vs St Ignatius

The Patriots and Wolfpack face off in the rubber match of their season series with a berth in the state title game on the line. The teams split their two regular season meetings in the 2014 campaign, so flip a coin and try to predict who will win and then enjoy the show at Stevenson High School at 11:30am.


Stevenson rolled to a 13-2 triumph over New Trier on Friday, as their top playmakers (Allison Travetto, Melissa Gartenberg) combined to score 9 goals in the win. Head coach Jeff Wimer will likely call on both players to perform at the same level against SICP on Saturday. Later in the evening, the Wolfpack used a balanced approach to get past Lincoln-Way East, as Diana Fernandez scored 4 times and Beca Martinez netted 3 goals in a 15-4 victory over the Griffins.


When the two teams met in early April at the Fenwick Tournament, Tammy Stelnicki paved the way for Ignatius to earn a 13-7 win over the Patriots with a five-goal performance. While she played more of a distributor and defender on Friday against LWE, expect her to take charge again on the offensive end if the Wolfpack hope to get to the state title game. Meanwhile, Travetto scored 4 times and Becky Callen made 15 saves when Stevenson beat St Ignatius 9-7 in Lincolnshire in a late-April contest. Callen will probably need to have a big game in goal if the hosts hope to get to the title game.


All in all, both teams have a legitimate shot at a state title by the time the dust settles on Saturday night. Whichever team gets off to a favorable start in this contest could be in the driver's seat to advance to the final round.





12:45pm - Fenwick vs Mother McAuley

The historic rivalry between Fenwick and Mother McAuley will add another chapter to an already epic saga when the Catholic League teams square off in a state semifinal game on Saturday afternoon.


Fenwick faced a tough challenge on Friday night, as they overcame a 6-5 halftime deficit with a big third quarter to emerge with an 11-8 victory over Naperville North. Colleen Barron totaled 5 goals and Janie Angelini came up big with 3 scores to push the Friars into the semifinal round. The Mighty Macs also faced a stern test from Palatine before pulling away in the second half to claim a 13-8 win. Clare Bryar recorded 7 goals and Fran Williamson netted 5 scores in the victory for Mother McAuley.


The Friars got the better of the Mighty Macs twice in 2014, as they earned a 14-4 win back in early March and also edged Mother McAuley 8-6 at the Fenwick Tournament in early April. Barron totaled 9 goals and Catie Wallace scored 7 times in the two games, so McAuley's strategy will likely focus on shutting down both of Fenwick's playmakers this time around. Bryar and Williamson scored 8 of the 10 goals for the Mighty Macs in the two losses, so while both will need to once again have top-notch performances, the team will likely need additional contributions from players like Julie Olivares and Maggie Hennigan.


One thing is for sure: the team that advances from this game to the state finals will have an excellent chance to the win the title. Which team will have that when all is said and done on Saturday afternoon?




GAME RECAPS (Saturday, May 24)





Fenwick 13 Naperville North 8

Ryan Masi recorded 6 goals and Omar Calderon scored 3 times to help lift the Friars over Naperville North 13-8 on Saturday morning. Trailing 2-1 after the opening period, Fenwick went on a 6-0 run to take over the game and led the Huskies 7-3 by halftime. They were able to keep North at bay in the second half as the Huskies' ran out of time in their rally attempt. Danny Farmer added 2 goals and Bailey Wendt and DJ Perez both put in one score in the Friars' victory. Gianmarco Duin, Luke Landiak, Nolan Roberts, and Ryan Towers tallied 2 goals apiece in the loss for North.




Loyola 13 Stevenson 6

Cameron Shewchuck, Jack Nickele, and Tom Baker each scored 3 goals and Matt Kearney added 2 scores as the Ramblers defeated Stevenson 13-6 to advance to the state title game against Fenwick. George Finn and Ragen Murphy each added one goal in the win for Loyola. Mitchell Sokolsky registered 4 scores and both Dan Maleski and Zach Stephens each tallied one score in the loss for the Patriots.




Naperville North 9 Stevenson 3

Gianmarco Duin scored 3 goals and Nolan Roberts added 2 scores as Naperville North shook off an early drought to overcome Stevenson 9-3 in the third-place game of the state tournament. BD Chapman, Luke Landiak, Drake McClure, and Joe Tomashek each tallied one score in the win for North, who outscored the Patriots 4-0 in the second quarter en route to the win. Mitchell Sokolsky, who scored the game's opening goal, scored 2 times, while Alex Kapecki added one score in the loss.




Loyola 11 Fenwick 10 (OT)

Tom Baker found Jack Shermerhorn open on the left post and he pushed in the game-winning goal with eight seconds left in the second overtiime period to lift Loyola over Fenwick 11-10 as the Ramblers won the state championship. Bailey Wendt had just tied the game at 10-10 with a shot from seven meters that got past Trevor Prince, but Cameron Shewchuck quickly drew an ejection with 0:14 left and Loyola called a timeout to setup the game-winning play.


Shewchuck led the Ramblers with 6 goals, Matt Kearney scored 2 times, and both Baker and Jack Nickele scored once to go along with Schermerhorn's winner. Wendt led the Friars with 3 goals, Andrew Bertschy and Omar Calderon both scored 2 times, and Danny Farmer, Ryan Masi, and DJ Perez each scored once in the losing effort.






St Ignatius 15 Stevenson 8

Tammy Stelnicki scored 4 goals and both Diana Fernandez and Nikol Lagodzinska tallied 3 scores as the Wolfpack got past Stevenson 15-8 on Saturday to move on to the state title game. Karen Juarez and Stephania Lopez each scored 2 goals and Beca Martinez added one score in the win. Melissa Gartenberg poured in 5 goals and Allison Travetto added 3 scores in the loss for the Patriots.




Fenwick 12 Mother McAuley 8

Colleen Barron recorded 5 goals and Janie Angelini netted 3 scores as Fenwick used a strong second half performance to beat Mother McAuley 12-8. Catie Wallace added 2 goals and Alexa Ovalle and Bridget Carey each added one goal in the Friars' win, which sends them to the state title game. Clare Bryar and Fran Williamson each scored 4 goals in the losing effort for the Mighty Macs.




Stevenson 9 Mother McAuley 5

Allison Travetto poured in 7 goals to lead Stevenson past Mother McAuley 9-5 in the third-place game on Saturday night. Melissa Gartenberg and Sara Ploch each scored once in the win for the Patriots. Clare Bryar scored 3 times and both Fran Williamson and Maggie Hennigan each recorded one score in the loss for the Mighty Macs.




Fenwick 6 St Ignatius 3

Colleen Barron scored 3 goals as Fenwick used a 4-0 run in the third quarter to earn a 6-3 comeback win over St Ignatius to win the state title on Saturday night. Janie Angelini added 2 goals and Catie Wallace put in one goal in the win for the Friars. Beca Martinez, Diana Fernandez, and Tammy Stelnicki all scored once in the loss for the Wolfpack.









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