OPRF field hockey's game against four-time State title winner New Trier on Saturday morning had more significance than just another regular season match-up. With the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association State playoffs nearing, the Huskies' 1-0 victory over the Trevians could have been a prequel to what's to come.
Alana Breen whisked in OPRF's lone goal off a corner shot with 7:54 left in the game.
The Huskies dominated in the first half, but fell sluggish in the second as the Trevians began its pressure offense. OPRF goalie Kelsey Rosenquist, a junior playing varsity for the first time, held off the onslaught. Rosenquist racked up her 10th shutout on the year.
OPRF head coach Barb Liles praised her goalkeeper after the game.
"Kelsey is a unique goalie in that she loves the position. She takes it seriously and even trains for it in the off season. Having a keeper who wants to be a keeper is great," said Liles. "Sometimes you have to beg players to take on the keeper position.
Lake Forest is expected to be the No. 1 seed in the single-elimination playoffs, which will be held at OPRF beginning Tuesday. The Huskies, with a record of 19-4-1 were likely awarded the No. 2 seed (after deadline).
Liles expects the same intensity at this year's State tournament. It was Lake Forest that knocked off the Huskies 2-1 in the title game last season. OPRF last won the title in 2003. They've won five championships since 1990.
The title game will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.
OPRF hockey loses nail-biter
The OPRF Hockey Club lost a nail-biter to the Sandburg Eagles on Sunday night by a 3-2 score. Sandburg scored the only goal during an evenly played first period, getting the puck by goalie Bob Grayson with 27 seconds remaining. The goal seemed to energize the Eagles as they outplayed and outhustled the Huskies in the second period.
The Huskies came alive in the third period, with the Jack Brofman-Jim Minaghan-Dean Rogers line leading the way. With 12:06 remaining, Minaghan got off two quick shots, and Brofman poked in the rebound of the second. At the 4:05 mark, Minaghan scored off a Brofman pass. Rogers also picked up an assist on the play.
Gerstner leads Friars
Jack Gerstner led the Fenwick boys' cross-country team to a fourth place finish at the Sterling Invitational on Saturday at Sinnissippi Park.
Gerstner ran the 3-mile course in 15:34, good for ninth place overall.
The Friars finished with a score of 134, while Neuqua Valley topped out at 77 for first place and Shaumburg took second with 94.
First place for Baron
Fenwick swimming's top finish of the day at the Barrington Invitational on Saturday came by way of Meghan Baron, who won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.37 seconds to lead the Friars to a third place finish overall (287).
Barrington won the meet outright (409), while Lyons Township finished a distant second with a score of 291.
Other top finishers included Katie Tynan, who took fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:05.87. Sylvia Knap finished fifth in the 100-yard free (:56.62), as did Amy Krzemienski in the 500-yard free (5:36.91).
The Friars also defeated Marian Catholic in a dual meet 128-55 last week.