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Weekend Recaps (4.01.07)



Jim Heafner led St Louis University HS to a 15-6 win over Lindbergh in the Schaumburg Tournament's title game as two Missouri teams went undefeated against Illinois teams and advanced to the finals on Saturday afternoon. St Louis beat Mundelein, Latin, Hoffman, and Schaumburg before winning the championship, while Lindbergh was victorious over York, Buffalo Grove, Mundelein and Latin (in overtime) over the weekend. Latin beat Mundelein 11-9 in the third place game on Saturday night, York knocked off host Schaumburg 11-6 to claim fifth place, while Buffalo Grove won their first game of the tournament to earn a seventh-place finish after a 10-7 win over Hoffman.



Neuqua Valley rebounded from a second-round loss to Lockport on Friday night, beating Lockport 17-13 in the championship game of the Lockport Tournament on Saturday afternoon. Both Lockport and Lincoln-Way East went undefeated to advance to the semifinals, but Neuqua knocked off Lincoln-Way East 9-7 to advance to the title game and win in their second try against the host Porters. Lincoln-Way East ended the tournament strong with a 12-10 victory over Fremd that earned them a third-place finish.



Lincoln-Way East went 3-0 this weekend to win their own tournament for the second straight year, clinching the championship with an 11-7 victory over Andrew in the title game on Saturday. Rachel Japp scored 3 goals and Laura Cempel added 2 scores in the final game win for the Griffins. LWE also earned wins over Riverside-Brookfield and Richards to advance to the finals and improve their overall record 9-2 on the season. Japp added 6 goals in Friday night's 19-4 victory over Richards while goalie Christine Menzenberger recorded 5 saves in the win.


Richards ended up in third place in the tournament after beating Lincoln-Way Central 10-6 in the consolation game. Ashley Rampick scored 5 goals and Angie Drwal added 3 scores to lift the Bulldogs to the win, while goalie Megan Reppen held the Knights scoreless in the second half until the final buzzer. Caitlin Flood and Lindsay McCool each added one goal in the win. Richards also defeated Riverside-Brookfield 14-8 on Friday night and ended the tournament with a 2-1 record.


Lincoln-Way Central ended up in fourth place in the tournament, as they beat Hinsdale South 20-6 on Friday night to get the tournament started on a high note. In the win, Kaylee Meyers and Brittany Mozerka each scored 4 goals, Jessica Piry and Jackie Swedberg each scored 3 times, and Allie Travnik scored twice. Goalie Samantha Marotta recorded 10 saves in the win for the Knights. Marotta also stopped 18 shots in the LWC's 9-6 loss to Andrew on Saturday.



Hannah Ciurej scored 4 goals and Sam Cody added 3 goals as #11 Sandburg came-from-behind to beat #4 Loyola 11-8 on Saturday morning. Trailing 8-7 heading into the fourth quarter, the Eagles scored four straight goals to earn the win. In addition to her 3 goals, Cody recorded 8 steals, 4 assists, and drew 3 ejections in the Sandburg win. Jess Pasciak also scored 2 goals for the Eagles, while Jessica Jenkot and Caitlin Higgins each added one goal apiece in the win. Loyola was led by Colleen Shaw's 6 goals on the offensive end, while Francesca Palmer and Carly Levison also scored once for the Ramblers. Grace Arbuckle stopped 12 shots in the loss for Loyola.



Natalie Klontz scored 5 goals and drew 3 ejections to lead Northside to a 9-7 nonconference win over Wheeling on Saturday. Evie Brown stopped 10 shots in goal and allowed just 7 goals, while Harris Grigoropoulos had 2 goals and a steal in the win for Northside.

Updated 4.01.07 - 2:28pm


Thursday Game Recaps (3.29.07)



Ruben Velasquez, Mitch Condon, and Ric Rivera each scored 2 goals to lift St Rita over Oak Park 6-5 on Thursday evening. The win gives the Mustangs a 3-0 record for the week and improves their overall mark to 9-4 on the season. Oak Park drops to 5-5 overall for the 2007 season after the loss.



Loyola beat rival Evanston 9-5 on Thursday as Evan Rourke scored 3 goals and added 2 steals and a field block in the win for the Ramblers. Loyola goaltender Adam Weissert recorded 15 saves in the victory and also recorded 2 steals and an assist. Loyola improved to 5-5 with the win while Evanston fell to 8-7 overall.



Kelly Kuchta scored 6 goals as Sandburg defeated Lincoln-Way East 14-5 on Thursday night in SouthWest Suburban Conference action. Erin Reilly tallied 4 goals for the Griffins' in the loss. The Eagles improved to 8-6 on the season and remained undefeated in the conference (3-0), while LWE fell to 2-1 in the conference and 6-2 overall for the 2007 season.



Audrey Reardon (5 goals, 2 assists) and Val Poulos (4 goals, 3 steals, 2 assists) combined to score 9 goals to lead Oak Park to an 11-7 victory over Lane on Thursday night. Megan Rigali also added a goal and 5 steals in the win for the Huskies, who improved to 6-2 on the season. Lane, who came into the game undefeated, fell to 4-1 with the loss.

Updated 3.29.07 - 9:28am


Wednesday Game Recaps (3.28.07)



Maggie Wood scored with :01 second left in regulation to help #1 Mother McAuley to a 13-12 victory over #4 Loyola on Wednesday. Wood's game-winner came just after Loyola's Carly Levison tied the score with 0:54 seconds remaining in the game.


Colleen Shaw put Loyola ahead early with a goal from two meters out, but McAuley went on a 4-0 run to lead 4-1 with 5:52 remaining in the first half. The Ramblers' Jackie Sershon led a 3-0 Loyola run that cut the McAuley lead down to 5-4 early in the third period, but Wood scored 3 straight goals and helped McAuley take an 8-5 lead late in the quarter. After a Loyola goal before the end of the third got the Ramblers within two goals of the lead, Liz Clarke scored early in the final period to slice McAuley's advantage down to 8-7. The teams traded goals until the final minute, when Levison scored her second goal of the game with 0:54 seconds left to play to tie the game at 12-12. But Wood saved her heroics for the final second of the game, scoring on a man-up situation after a Loyola ejection to give McAuley the 13-12 win.


Wood led all scorers with 6 goals and Lilly Gonzalez added 5 scores, while Yuriria Chavez and Lilly Cortes each scored once in the win for McAuley. Liz Clarke scored 4 for the Ramblers, Colleen Shaw and Jackie Sershon each tallied 3 goals, and Carly Levison scored 2 times in the loss. The win kept McAuley undefeated in the MCAC and improved their overall record to 9-0, as Loyola fell to 2-2 in the conference and 10-4 overall.

Scoring Summary

McAuley-Wood 6, Gonzalez 5, Chavez 1, Cortes 1

Loyola-Clarke 4, Shaw 3, Sershon 3, Levison 2



Natalie Klontz scored 6 goals and Clare Donnelly added 2 scores as Northside Prep emerged with an 11-10 victory over Riverside-Brookfield in nonconference action. Northside goalie Liz Granato recorded 10 saves and 6 steals in the win.



Luke Ginger scored the game-winning goal for St Rita with just thirteen seconds remaining as the Mustangs defeated Loyola 13-12 on Wednesday night. Ginger scored 6 goals in the win for St Rita, who improved to 3-3 in the MCAC and 8-4 overall. The loss dropped the Ramblers to 2-3 in the conference and 4-5 for the season.



Grant Gates scored 8 goals and drew 3 ejections to lead Mundelein to a 14-11 victory over Glenbrook South. The Mustangs improved to 5-4 on the season, while GBS fell to 8-4.

Updated 3.29.07 - 12:26am


Wednesday Morning Update (3.27.07)


The following scores have not been reported to Illpolo.com after the first three and a half weeks of water polo. All of these games have been listed on the schedules for each team, sometimes in more than one place, so assuming that these contests were actually played, I am missing the games listed below. This causes the team records to be less than accurate, so after going through and checking to make sure the standings are as close as possible based on the scores reported, these missing results are the reason many team records are inaccurate. There may also be games that were played that were never listed on the schedules, so if you are aware of something missing, please send that information as well. To send scores and updates, e-mail to illpolo2007@yahoo.com or send an instant message to illpolo2007 and just leave the score and whether it was a boys' or girls' contest. Thank you in advance for your help in trying to keep the site as accurate as possible.




March 12 - R-B at Morton

March 14 - Young vs Morgan Park

March 15 - Meadows at Fremd

March 17 - Bradley at R-B

March 19 - Wheeling at Highland

March 20 - Highland Park at GBN

March 22 - Morgan Park at Curie

March 23 - Morton at Hinsdale South

March 26 - Bremen at Andrew; LWC at Bradley; Morgan Park at Morton

March 27 - Morton at Lane




March 09 - Buffalo Grove at Vernon Hills

March 12 - R-B at Morton

March 14 - Stagg at Naperville North; Vernon Hills at Palatine; Morgan Park at Young

March 17 - GBN at Meadows

March 19 - Wheeling at Highland Park; Naperville North at Fremd; Meadows at Morton; Conant at Libertyville

March 20 - GBN at Highland; Wheeling at Fremd

March 21 - Deerfield at Highland Park; Vernon Hills at Hersey

March 22 - Vernon Hills at Deerfield; STC North at STC East; Palatine at Hersey; Morgan Park at Curie

March 26 - Morgan Park at Morton

March 27 - Morton at Lane


Send all scores and updates via e-mail to illpolo2007@yahoo.com.

Updated 3.28.07 - 6:00am


Tuesday Game Recaps (3.27.07)



Mike Nickels and Tommy Poulos each scored 3 goals as #9 Oak Park knocked off #15 Evanston 9-7 on Tuesday evening. Isaac Rothenbaum stopped 9 shots in goal for the Huskies, who improved to 3-4-1 on the season.



Jackie Sershon scored 2 goals and Francesca Palmer scored the game-winning goal with 1:59 remaining as Loyola beat Evanston 4-3 on Tuesday night. Sershon put the Ramblers on top early with a first quarter goal, but Loyola fell behind 2-1 at the start of the third period. Sershon tied the game with a goal in the third, and Colleen Shaw put Loyola ahead 3-2 at the end of the quarter. Carly Levison and Liz Clarke both had strong games on the defensive end for Loyola, who improved to 10-3 on the season, while Evanston dropped to 8-5-1.



Angie Drwal scored 5 goals and Ashley Rampick added 4 scores as Richards rolled to a 15-4 victory over Morgan Park on Tuesday evening. Lindsay McCool tallied 2 goals for the Bulldogs in the win, while Megan Reppen, Stephanie Grant, Sonam Tanna, and Caitlin Flood all scored one goal apiece to round out the scoring for Richards.

Updated 3.27.07 - 10:01pm


Monday Game Recaps (3.26.07)



Maggie Wood and Maggie McShane each scored 2 goals and Mother McAuley used a 4-0 second half run to pull away from St Ignatius 7-6 in the MCAC contest at UIC on Monday night. Ignatius led throughout most of the first three periods, but Lilly Gonzalez tied the score at 4-4 with 0:11 seconds left in the third quarter and McAuley got goals from Laura Perez, McShane, and Yuriria Chavez over a two-minute span in the fourth quarter to take control of the game. Nora Kennelly scored 2 of her 6 goals in the final two minutes, but McAuley was able to run out the clock after Kennelly's penalty shot with 0:11 seconds remaining in the game cut the lead to one. The win helped improve Mother McAuley's record to 3-0 in the conference and 8-0 overall, while St Ignatius fell to 2-1 in the conference and 8-2 overall.

Scoring Summary

McAuley-Maggie Wood 2, Maggie McShane 2, Yuriria Chavez 1, Laura Perez 1, Lilly Gonzalez 1

Ignatius-Nora Kennelly 6


Play-By-Play (Abbreviated)

Quarter 1

-Ignatius' Kate Brankin denied on early opportunity by McAuley goaltender Bridget Kelly

-Maggie Wood scores from 2m to put McAuley ahead 1-0

-Maisie O'Malley makes a strong play to maintain possession, quick pass to Brankin, quick pass to Nora Kennelly for the game-tying goal midway through period one

-Ignatius' goalie Megan Hybinette makes a save and leads Kennelly for a counterattack goal and a 2-1 Wolfpack advantage at the end of the first quarter

Quarter 2

-McAuley's Maggie McShane scores from outside 7m to tie the score at 2-2 with 1:21 left to play in the first half

-Kennelly responds with a hard shot from 5m out just 0:11 seconds later to put Ignatius ahead 3-2 at halftime

Quarter 3

-Wood makes a steal, draws a penalty shot on the drive, then converts for her third goal and ties the game at 3-3

-Kennelly scores from 2m to give Ignatius a 4-3 lead with 1:20 to play in the third period

-Lilly Gonzalez scores from 2m to tie the game at 4-4 at the end of the quarter

Quarter 4

-Lilly Cortes makes a steal in the Ignatius end and assists Laura Perez on a goal from the opposite side of the pool to give McAuley the 5-4 lead with 5:20 remaining

-McShane scores her second goal from outside 7m and McAuley goes ahead 6-4 with 4:46 to play

-Yuriria Chavez makes a steal and goes the other way for a goal and a 7-4 lead with 3:36 left on the game clock

-O'Malley makes a steal and assists Kennelly on her fifth goal of the game to cut the lead to 7-5 with 1:21 to go

-Kennelly converts on a penalty shot with 0:11 seconds remaining in the game, but Ignatius' cannot get the ball back

Updated 3.26.07 - 10:13pm



Fenwick held Brother Rice to just one goal in the first three periods en route to a 17-4 victory over the Crusaders in the Metro Catholic Athletic Conference showdown. Tom Parolin led the way on offense for the Friars with 5 goals and John Barrett was a major contributor on both ends of the pool with 6 assists and 8 steals. Also having big games for #1 Fenwick were Chris Wendt (3 goals, 3 assists, 5 steals), Andrew McKernin (3 goals, 3 steals), and Luke Baldwin (2 goals, 3 assists, 3 steals). Brother Rice senior Sean Coghlan scored 3 goals in the fourth quarter in the loss for the third-ranked Crusaders.



James Ridgeway scored the game-winner from 5m out for the Shamrocks in the fourth quarter to give St Patrick a 6-5 win over Loyola on Monday night. Ridgeway scored 4 goals  and goalie Pat Syszka recorded 19 saves in the win for the Shamrocks, who remained undefeated in the Catholic League standings. Matt Stonequist led the Ramblers with 3 goals in the loss, while goalie Adam Weissert recorded 11 saves in goal for Loyola.



Ruben Velazquez scored 4 goals and Luke Ginger and Cliff Oskvarek added 3 scores as St Rita knocked off St Viator 14-9 in the MCAC matchup on Monday night.



-Liz Granato (Northside) had 14 saves and 8 steals in Northside's 9-1 loss to Lane.

-Julian Dale and Max Kakacek (Northside) each scored 3 goals as Northside beat Lane 10-6 in the Chicago Public League matchup.

Updated 3.26.07 - 9:27pm


Monday Previews (3.26.07)



Fenwick looks to remain undefeated in a key Catholic League showdown with rival Brother Rice. The Friars are coming off a weekend where they finished 4-0 at their own tournament and also defeated Brother Rice 20-9 in the championship round. In that game, Fenwick led 9-2 at halftime and 16-4 late in the game before the Crusaders made things closer in the fourth quarter. Both teams enter the game with 3-0 records in the conference, while Fenwick is 8-0 overall and Brother Rice currently has a 6-1 record.


Fenwick is led by the senior trio of Tom Parolin, John Barrett, and Luke Baldwin. They also get major contributions from starters Chris Wendt, Andrew McKernin, Chris Bonk, and goalie Kegan Daugherty.


Brother Rice is led by Sean Coghlan, Matt Joslyn, Ryan Scott, Drew Velasquez, JJ Marren, and senior goalie Joe Frantz.



Mother McAuley looks to avenge last season's state semifinal loss to St Ignatius on Monday night at 6:00pm at UIC in Chicago. The Macs begin the week as the #1 team in the state after an 11-9 win over previously top-ranked Fenwick. Meanwhile, St Ignatius will look to hand McAuley their first loss of the season. Their only loss so far this year was a 10-7 decision that they lost to the Fenwick at the Mike Murphy Tournament. Both teams enter the game with 2-0 records in the Catholic League. McAuley is currently 7-0 this season, while Ignatius is currently 8-1.


Mother McAuley is led by senior Maggie Wood, while they also get major contributions from Laura Perez, Lilly Cortez, Lilly Gonzalez, Yuriria Chavez, Maggie McShane, Ashley Bachler and Meghan Nolan.


Nora Kennelly leads Ignatius on the offensive end, while senior goalie Megan Hybinette is the last line of defense for the Wolfpack. Ignatius also led by Ali Durkin, Kathleen Maloney, Kate Brankin, Maisie O'Malley, Lydia Ridgeway, and freshman Celeste Almarez.

Updated 3.26.07 - 1:32pm


New E-mail Address (1.12.07)


Due to some security issues (mainly because someone stole my credit card info and tried to buy a plasma TV with it from Curcuit City), I will be changing the e-mail address for Illpolo.com at this time. The new e-mail address that you can send to is illpolo2007@yahoo.com and this change will be made on the site this weekend.


If anyone has sent an email over the past week, I have been unable to access it; if you have any information or questions that you would like expressed, please send them to illpolo2007@yahoo.com.

Updated 1.12.07 - 1:45am