The Fenwick High School boys lacrosse team is off to a 3-2 start this season, which includes a 13-9 victory over neighboring rival Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Sophomore attacker Jack Hoeller leads the Friars with 11 goals and an assist for the year. Other top performers have included junior midfielder Nick Scudder (8 goals, 7 assists, 15 ground balls defensed), senior midfielder Harry Kenny (4 goals, 12GB), sophomore midfielder Charlie Ward (3G, 3A, 9GB) and senior defenseman William Steadman (13GB, 7 forced turnovers).

Fenwick has also received a boost from a trio of newcomers: freshman defenseman A.J. Guercio; freshman attacker Sam Guercio (6G, 6A) and junior attacker Tommy Fleming (3G, 2A).

“We have a really dedicated group of guys who are committed to getting better and playing hard every time they step on the field,” said Fenwick coach Dan Applebaum.

Applebaum is seeking to return the Friars (7-8 in 2021) to their prior competitive form. It’s something that could slowly develop given the youthful roster.

“We want to compete,” he said. “We’re a pretty young team with a lot of underclassmen making big contributions, so getting them comfortable in their young high school careers is important.”

OPRF girls off to 1-1 start

The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls’ lacrosse team is 1-1 this season, defeating Lane Tech but losing to St. Ignatius.

Junior midfielder Grace Koch leads the Huskies in scoring with seven goals. 

“Grace and [senior] Jessica [Sloan-Cooper] are dominating midfielders that can score and play great defense,” said OPRF coach James Borja. Sloan-Cooper has committed to playing collegiately at Claremont-McKenna College in California.

Senior attacker Greta McNulty is in her third varsity season, and Borja feels she’s a vital part of OPRF’s attack.

“She has great stick skills and is comfortable playing anywhere on the field,” he said.

OPRF has also received valuable assistance from a pair of newcomers who are sisters. Junior attacker Rachel Simon has six goals, while younger sister Hannah, a freshman, has four.

“We are a very talented and fast team,” Borja said. “Once these players build more chemistry, there are not many teams on our schedule that we can’t compete with.”

The Huskies, who finished 8-8 with a sectional final loss to St. Ignatius in 2021, feel that this year’s rigorous schedule will pay dividends come postseason time.

“Our primary objective is to compete with some of the top teams in the state and get over the mental hurdle that we’ve struggled with in the past,” Borja said.

Friar girls look to build off solid season

With nine returning players, the Fenwick girls lacrosse team hopes to build off of the pandemic-abbreviated 2021 campaign, which saw the Friars go 10-6.

Fenwick’s key returnees include juniors Catherine Goode (midfield), Mimi Murphy (attacker) and Annie Showel (defender) as well as sophomores Molly Pondelicek and Caroline Sutton, both defenders.

Top newcomers are freshmen Katy Berni (attacker), Sade Rucker (midfield), Olivia Tsitovich (defender) and Lauren Wilson (attacker) and junior Annie O’Brien (defender). Fenwick coach Tracy Bonaccorsi, says the older girls have welcomed them with open arms and they’ve made contributions in every game.

“Our midfielders have been great on both sides of the ball,” she said.

Bonaccorsi also feels senior Fran Chierici has fared well at goalie in her first varsity season.

“I’m confident that she’ll play a major role in our success moving forward this season,” she said.

The Friars are 1-2 this spring and are looking forward to a tough conference schedule, which includes Loyola Academy and St. Ignatius, the teams to beat in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference.

“We’re looking to take Fenwick lacrosse to the next level,” Bonaccorsi said.

Trinity’s Smith off to roaring start

Trinity High School’s lacrosse team has started this season 1-3, but a bright spot has been the play of junior attacker Paige Smith, who has already amassed 28 points, including 24 goals.

Other top scorers for the Blazers are senior Natalie Kazmierowicz and freshman Rian Smith, who each have three goals. Seniors Ellie Foley and Kylie Sullivan have two goals apiece. Rian Smith leads in assists with five, and junior Allison Ferenzi and Paige Smith each have four.

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