By Marty Farmer
The Fenwick boys water polo team opened defense of its state championship with a 13-9 win over Loyola in a Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference matchup on Mar. 10.
Danny Farmer scored four goals and Omar Calderon contributed three goals to power the Friars' offense. Jack Mahoney, David Durkin, Andrew Bertschy, DJ Perez and Bailey Wendt added a goal apiece. Goalie Mike Hill finished with eight saves.
Last season, Fenwick defeated state tournament host Stevenson 10-4 to win (and reclaim) the state championship. In 2012, Lyons Township High School shocked the Friars in a thrilling sectional championship match, en route to the Lions winning the state championship and snapping the Friars' incredible run of eight straight state titles.
Since 1974, Fenwick has claimed 20 state titles in boys water polo, including 10 of the 12 state championships since water polo became an IHSA sport in 2002.
The Friars take on host Schaumburg in a pair of matches on Saturday, the junior varsity plays at 11:30 a.m. followed by the varsity match at 12:30 p.m.