The Fenwick boys water polo team’s longstanding win-streak stretching three seasons came to an end at the Stevenson Tournament on Saturday.
Before facing Lyons Township in the tournament’s title game, the Friars had won 84-straight matches dating back to March 22, 2010, including 26 wins this season. Plagued by injuries – two key players were out with concussions and starter Viken Huening left the match in the first period after suffering a broken nose – Fenwick pelted the Lyons with 32 shots on goal but fell to the Lions 6-5. Matt Farmer scored three goals for the Friars, who finished 3-1 in the tournament. Fenwick knocked off Mundelein, 15-3, in the first round, followed by New Trier, 15-8. The team bounced back from the loss to LT by crushing Brother Rice 16-9 to close out the tournament. Dan Kelly and Farmer both scored three goals apiece in the win over Brother Rice.
“We’re now going to focus on the Metro Catholic Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend at Fenwick,” said head coach Kyle Perry. “Our conference is the top water polo conference in Illinois, and we will see some great competition. After our conference tournament, we’ll be turning our attention to Oak Park, Lyons and Curie at sectionals in two weeks.” Fenwick could see all three schools at the upcoming York Sectional.
Perry added that Jimmy Mullen and Justin White are both slowly recovering from concussion injuries, while Huening’s return for the MCAC Tournament and the state playoffs is questionable.