CHICAGO, Ill. — American Water Polo is hosting the 2018 National State Challenge featuring Boys’ 18U and Girls’ 18U competition at Lyons Township Pool and Fenwick High School near Chicago.
LAW Outswims Cincy Marlins, 14-4, in 18U Boys’ Battle to Finish Off Day 1 of 2018 National State Challenge at Fenwick
OAK PARK, Ill. — LAW never trailed in opening up leads of 2-1, 3-1 and 8-3 by the conclusion of the first, second and third quarters, respectively, against the Cincy Marlins to claim a 14-4 victory in the concluding game on Day One of Boys’ 18U competition at Fenwick High School during the 2018 National State Challenge.
Noah Schor led the way for LAW with five goals.
Bluff City Escapes Lyons, 7-6, in Wrapping Up 18U Boys’ Competition at Lyons on First Day of 2018 National State Challenge
WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. — Lyons closed out the opening day of home 18U Boys’ competition at the 2018 National State Challenge with a loss as Bluff City’s Arman Abdul buried a strike with 1:20 left in the fourth quarter for the deciding factor in a 7-6 win.
Slugging it out in a back-and-forth game in which Bluff City never trailed, Lyons appeared poised to stage an epic comeback. Trailing 6-3 with 24 seconds left in the second quarter, Lyons clawed its way back into the game by moving within 6-4 prior to halftime, closing the gap to 6-5 by the end of the third quarter and pulling even with 3:10 to go in the fourth quarter via a scoring volley to deadlock the squads at six-all
However, Abdul, who scored once in the first quarter, made his second strike count the most by ripping a ball into the cage with 1:20 on the clock for the deciding factor.
Overall, Joe Addison was the story of the game for Bluff City as he rifled in a trio in the first quarter and dumped in his fourth marker in the second quarter to finish with a game-high four markers.
Pittsburgh Stops Palos Orland, 15-3, to Claim 18U Boys’ Win Over Palos Orland on First Day of 2018 National State Challenge
OAK PARK, Ill. — Tan Kocyildirim scored nine times as Pittsburgh opened up a 7-0 lead by afternoon in rolling over Palos Orland by a 15-3 final score in Boys’ 18U play at Fenwick High School on the first day of the 2018 National State Challenge.
Leading 11-2 after three quarters of play, Pittsburgh expanded its final margin of victory to 12 goals by the conclusion of the fourth quarter thanks to a 4-1 scoring advantage in the final frame.
Andrew Ziegler and Max Moore both chipped in pairs of tallies, while Benjamin Phillips and David Lomakin notched single scores for Pittsburgh.
The trio of Eddie Howaniec, Mike Rzeszowicz and Sean Harlin accounted for Palos Orland’s three strikes.
Vulture Claws Way to 16-5 18U Boys’ Defeat of Chicago Parks Green on First Day of 2018 National State Challenge
WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. — Competing at Lyons Township Pool on the first day of the 2018 National State Challenge, the 18U Boys team from Vulture raced out to a 7-1 by halftime and never looked back in turning aside Chicago Parks Green, 16-5.
Leading 11-1 after three quarters of action, Vulture kept pace with Chicago Parks Green in the fourth quarter to push the final score to 16-5 via a 5-4 scoring advantage in the final frame.
For Vulture, Luke Klein-Collins, Mark Laboe and Jonah Klein-Collins each scored four times to account for 12 of their team’s 16 markers. Owen Codo (two), Henry Mills (one) and Matt Simon (one) accounted for the other four strikes.
Windy City Blows Past LAW, 12-11, on First Day of 18U Boys’ Competition at 2018 National State Challenge
OAK PARK, Ill. — Windy City never trailed as the team raced out to a 3-0 advantage in the first quarter, saw its lead dwindle to 5-4 by halftime, expanded the gap to 10-8 by the close of the third quarter and survived in the fourth quarter for a narrow 12-11 victory over LAW at Fenwick High School on Day 1 of 18U Boys’ competition at the 2018 National State Challenge.
Leading 10-8 by the final horn of the third quarter, Windy City padded its lead to 12-8 by the 3:45 mark of the final frame to acquire all it would need to hold off LAW. LAW attempted to climb back into the game as the squad flushed a man-up goal (2:52) followed by back-to-back natural tallies (2:29, 1:31) to draw within 12-11. However, the team was unable to register the equalizer as Windy City was able to blow out of the pool with a tight one-goal win.
Pete Buinauskas and Wil Gurski combined to account for 50 percent of Windy City’s offense as the dynamic duo deposited three goals each for hat-tricks. Dan Lynch chipped in a pair, while Michael Feeley, Payton Comstock, Nate Fisher and Jack Nettleton netted solo strikes.
On the other end of the tank, Tony Gerritsen flushed a trio for LAW to accompany pairs by Adam Hudson, Noah Schor and Jacob Fin.
Chicago Parks White Trips Palos Orland, 12-2, on First Day of 18U Boys’ Action at 2018 National State Challenge
OAK PARK, Ill. — Chicago Parks District White raced out to leads of 7-0 and 10-0 by the conclusion of the first and second quarters to top Palos Orland in Boys’ 18U action at Fenwick High School on Day 1 of the 2018 National State Challenge.
Chicago Parks White never trailed by putting away the opening salvo with 6:26 left in the first quarter and dropping in six more strikes prior to the conclusion of the opening frame to bury Palos Orland under the weight of an offensive onslaught.
Following four more goals in the second quarter to build the margin to 10 prior to the halftime horn, Chicago Parks White failed to put away a tally in the third quarter as Palos Orland moved within 10-1.
However, the victors closed out the game with a 2-1 scoring advantage in the final frame to claim a 10-goal win.
Aiden Cawley led the way for Chicago Parks White with four goals, while Ivan Soto and Victor Perez both deposited pairs.
Jack Donnell and Sean Harlin netted Palos Orland’s duo of dimes.
Chicago Parks Green Clips St. Charles Aquatics, 10-6, on First Day of 18U Boys’ Play at 2018 National State Challenge
WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. — Tied 1-1 at the conclusion of the first quarter, Chicago Parks Green opened up a 5-2 lead by halftime and never looked back in taking down St. Charles Aquatics at Lyons Township Pool in the second game of Boys’ 18U action on Day 1 of the 2018 National State Challenge.
Leading 7-4 by the conclusion of the third quarter, Chicago Parks Green pushed the final margin to a quartet of tallies prior to the final horn by outscoring St. Charles 3-2 in the fourth quarter.
Lyons Tops New Trier, 14-1, to Open 18U Boys’ Action at 2018 National State Challenge
WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. — Lyons shattered a 1-1 tie in the first quarter to reel off 13 consecutive goals to the final horn in handling New Trier, 14-1, in the opening game of Boys’ 18U competition at Lyons Township Pool to begin the 2018 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge.
Michael Schoneman led the way for Lyons with three first half goals as his team grabbed a 4-1 lead by the conclusion of the first quarter and ripped off six scores in the second quarter to carry a 10-1 lead into halftime. Following the break, Lyons roared some more by pounding in pairs in the third and four quarters while keeping the New Trier offense in check to snag a 14-1 victory.
Lian Malas, Ethan Wright and Ian Peterson each tacked on pairs of tallies to join Schoneman in registering multiple strikes.
Kim Youngwon accounted for New Trier’s solo marker.
Saint Charles Fights LAW & Wins 7-5 on First Day of 18U Girls’ Play at 2018 National State Challenge
OAK PARK, Ill. — Ellie Hamilton (1:02) and Allison Tarpey (10 seconds) accounted for the difference in the final 62 seconds of action as Saint Charles shattered a five-all tie with LAW to grab a 7-5 victory at Fenwick High School in the concluding game on Day One of Girls’ 18U competition at the 2018 National State Challenge.
Trailing for the entirety of the game prior to tying the score at four-all with 2:11 left in the third quarter, Saint Charles fell behind once again in the dawning moments of the fourth quarter as LAW’s Riley Kettleson hooked in a shot with 5:10 to go in regulation.
However, Aubrey Suhr put away the equalizer at the 3:04 mark prior to Hamilton and Tarpey torching LAW for the game-winner and some insurance to collect a 7-5 victory.
Down by 3-0 with 5:34 left in the second quarter, Saint Charles chipped away to climb back into the game. Trailing 3-1 at halftime, the squad inched within 3-2, fell behind 4-2 and hammered in back-to-back shots prior to the concluding horn of the third quarter to pull even at four-all and set-up the final push.
For Saint Charles, Anna DeVries led the way with a pair of goals, while Meri Chivari, Hamilton, Suhr, Tarpey and Megan Hamilton each found the back of the cage once. Netminder Lexi Coakley stopped five shots in the first half prior to Brianna DiCicco coming on to swat away five scoring tries in the second half for the win.
Cali Burns inflicted most of the offense for LAW by ripping in a pair of markers in support of a four save effort by goalie Naomi Carl.
Windy City Blows Does Not Lose Its Wind in Downing Chicago Water Polo Club, 24-7, on First Day of 18U Girls’ Action at 2018 National State Challenge
WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. — Seven different players scored as Windy City outscored Chicago Water Polo Club 13-4 in the first half and 11-3 in the second half to claim a 24-7 victory in Girls’ 18U competition at Lyons Township Pool on the first day of the 2018 American Water Polo National State Challenge.
Leading 5-2 after the first quarter, Windy City blew the game open in the second quarter by ticking off an 8-2 outburst to snare a 13-4 lead by halftime.
The team continued to pull away in the third quarter by pushing the margin to 17-4 prior to Chicago Water Polo Club pulling within a dozen at 17-5. However, Windy City whirled in three more markers prior to the closing horn to enter the fourth quarter with a commanding 20-5 advantage on the scoreboard.
Trailing 23-5 with 4:46 to play in the final frame, Chicago Water Polo Club outscored their foe 2-1 over the final four minutes of action to establish the 24-7 final score.
Paulina Correa, Harper Daniels, Alyssa Sayatovic and Ceci Jenkins each notched four goals to accompany markers from Kassy Rodriguez (three), Tegwyn Hollandbach (two) and Xonhane Medina (three) for Windy City.
Ashling Staunton (three), Bella McGowan (two), Emma Salzman (one) and Ava Santos-Volpe (one) keyed the Chicago Water Polo Club offense.
NIPC Nips Red Hawks, 16-8, on First Day of 18U Girls’ Competition at 2018 National State Challenge
WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. — NIPC never trailed as the team overcame Red Hawks, 16-8, in Girls’ 18U action at Lyons Township Pool on the first day of the 2018 American Water Polo National State Challenge.
Led by an astonishing nine goals by Lauren Maloney – who put away a solo marker in the first quarter to accompany four in the second quarter and pairs in the third and fourth quarters – NIPC went ahead 2-0 in the early going and carried 3-1 and 9-4 leads into the breaks following the first two quarters of action.
Down 11-6 after three quarters of play, Red Hawks could pull no closer as NIPC inflated its margin to nine at 15-6 before settling for a 16-8 victory.
Eleanor Michaud drilled in four for NIPC, while the trio of Shreya Sreedhar, Hanna Cloeter and Kelly Kempf each punched in solo scores.
For Red Hawks, Sophia Blueher scored four times with Jodie Nelson (two), Ellie DeZur (one) and Halle Spanke (one) notching the rest of the offense.
Chicago Parks District Nixes New Trier, 11-6, on First Day of 18U Girls’ Play at 2018 National State Challenge
WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. — Becky Schofield slinged in five strikes and Kate Fischer found the back of the net three times as the Chicago Parks District pulled away from New Trier following a 2-2 tie at the conclusion of the first quarter for an 11-6 victory in the opening game of Girls’ 18U action at Lyons Township Pool on the first day of the 2018 American Water Polo National State Challenge.
Knotted at deuces after the opening frame, Chicago Parks District delivered the deciding blows as the squad outscored New Trier by a 4-1 count in the second quarter to grab a 6-3 lead by halftime.
The margin expanded to 9-3 by the end of the third quarter thanks to a 3-0 spurt by the Chicago Parks District, but New Trier shaved its final deficit down to five prior to the conclusion of the game via a 3-2 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.
Karolina Orzech inflicted the majority of the damage for New Trier with four goals, while Maddie Beacom and Emma Wendt winged in solo tallies.