By Marty Farmer
The Fenwick boys and girls water polo teams fell short of claiming the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference championships on Saturday.
Loyola edged Fenwick 7-5 in the boys title match, snapping the Friars' streak at nine consecutive MCAC titles. Matt Bresnahan scored a team-high three goals for Fenwick, with Danny Farmer and Andrew Bertschy chipping in a goal each.
"We just could not get anything going in the championship game," Fenwick coach Kyle Perry said. "We were just holding the ball too much and nobody on our team wanted to score. Matt Bresnahan had the hot hand and put three in the back of the net for us."
Fenwick (25-5, 10-1 MCAC) cruised past St. Ignatius 10-2 in the semifinals as Justin White tallied three goals and Bertschy finished with two goals.
The Friars put up a banner during the tournament honoring the late Dave Perry, a legendary water polo coach at Fenwick.
"It was an emotional ceremony for me, my family and the team," Kyle Perry said about the tribute to his father. "It's great to have another reminder of him at our pool. I still miss him as does the entire Fenwick community."
On the girls side, St. Ignatius derailed the Friars 9-8 in a seesaw semifinal. Fenwick led 7-5 entering the final quarter, but the Wolfpack scored four of the five final goals to earn the comeback victory.
Fenwick (24-4, 8-2 MCAC) knocked off Loyola 24-9 in the third-place match. Kate Wallace netted six goals and Cara Borkovec contributed five goals.
In the quarterfinals, Fenwick crushed De La Salle behind Janette Angelini's five goals. Genna Curry and Colleen Gartland added three scores apiece.
With sectionals starting this week, both Fenwick teams are focused on the ultimate prize of winning another state title.
"Loyola played a great game," Perry said. "We've been preparing for our sectional game all season, especially the last two weeks. We weren't overlooking Loyola, but the Dave Perry Cup isn't the trophy we hope to be bringing back at the end of the season."