The varsity water polo team travelled to Lincolnshire, IL for one of the best high school tournaments in the Midwest at Stevenson High School. The 2014 tournament featured seven of the top teams from the state of Illinois and the state of Michigan. The Chiefs took on #1 Fenwick, #3 Stevenson, #7 McAuley, and #8 Mundelein and came away with a 4-0 weekend record.
Okemos 9 Fenwick 6
In a battle between the #1 ranked team from the state of Michigan and the #1 team from the state of Illinois, the Chiefs played one of its best games this season rallying from a 2-0 second quarter deficit to knock off the top-ranked Friars. Fenwick opened the scoring and got up 2-0 just 1:16 into the second quarter. Senior captain Katie Dudley then rattled off three straight goals to give Okemos the 3-2 lead. Fenwick battled back though and quickly responded to force a 3-3 tie heading into the half.
The second half proved to be the Chieftains best half of the season. Dudley added her fourth of the game to give the Chiefs a 4-3, and junior Alex Chow added another to give Okemos a 5-3 lead. Fenwick continued to battle back though added a goal to close out the scoring for the period trimming the lead to 5-4. Senior captain Emily Wozena put Okemos back up by 2 in the first minute of the final period, and after Fenwick cut the lead back down to 1 – freshman Sydney Fountain quickly put the Chiefs back up by 2. Dudley added her game high fifth goal to give Okemos its biggest lead of the night (3). Fenwick responded, but Wozena put Okemos back up by three just seconds later to close out the scoring and secure the 9-6 victory for the Chiefs.
Rachel Sternik was great in goal stopping 12 shots for the game, and the team played great team defense in front of her forcing 12 turnovers. Fountain led the team with three assists on the night, and Wozena, Chow, and Dudley added one each.
Okemos 11 Stevenson 7
The Chiefs had a quick turn around to face the tournament hosts on Friday night. And Okemos got off to a quick start building an early 2-0 lead on goals by Dudley and Chow. Stevenson responded with a pair of goals of their own, before freshman Sarah Williams put Okemos back up to close out the opening period. The next period saw Okemos build its lead to 5-3 at the half as the solid team defense continued. Dudley and Fountain each tallied goals for Okemos.
The Chiefs finally go a little bit of separation in the 3rd quarter building a 9-4 lead before Stevenson closed out the scoring in the period to close the gap to 9-5. Williams tallied three goals in the period, and Dudley added another one. The final period saw the teams trade goals as Dudley added her fourth of the game, and freshman Isabella Morris added a goal to help round out the scoring and secure the 11-7 win. Rachel Sternik was outstanding in goal stopping a season high 18 shots for the game.
In addition, juniors Abby Baron and Alex Chow led the team with two assists each. Emily Wozena, junior Carly Seeterlin, and Freshman Jennifer Przybylo added one assist each.
Okemos 7 McAuley 1
Fresh off a pair of victories over two top three teams, the seventh ranked Mighty Macs from Mother McAuley awaited the Chieftains on Saturday morning. Defense ruled the game at both ends.
The Chiefs got off to a great start once again building a 2-0 lead on goals from Dudley. McAuley finally broke through the stingy defense and goaltending of Rachel Sternik for their only goal of the game inside the first minute of the second quarter. Okemos quickly would build up the lead to 4-1 on goals from Dudley and Williams . In the third quarter, Sarah Williams would provide the only goal of the quarter. In the final frame, Dudley and Williams once again provided the offense with one goal each.
In goal, Rachel Sternik was solid once again making 15 stops in the game. Emily Wozena paced the team with two assists, and Sydney Fountain and Sarah Williams added one assist each.
Okemos 15 Mundelein 7
A long trip and quick turnaround didn’t deter the Chiefs from playing solid polo all weekend, and Okemos completed the weekend sweep with an impressive 15-7 victory over Mundelein. Mundelein tallied the first and only goal of the opening period, but it was all Okemos after that point as the Chiefs built up a 6-2 halftime lead. The Chiefs continued to outscore Mundelein 9-4 in the second half. Pacing the way once again was Katie Dudley with seven goals, Williams added three, Fountain had two, Chow, Wozena, and Morris closed the scoring with one each to round out the scoring.
Rachel Sternik had five saves in the first three quarters before giving way to sophomore Dawn Hawkins in the fourth quarter. Fountain had four assists to pace the team in the final game, Wozena added two, Seeterlin, Przybylo, Williams, and Sternik had one each.
This marked only the third time in program history that the team went unbeaten in this tournament. The first two times occurred in 2010 and 2011.
The varsity team is back in action at home this Wednesday against Haslett for senior night. Senior night will begin at 5:30 pm with the game to start immediately following. Please come celebrate the careers of our four terrific seniors: Katie Dudley, Molly Schools, Rachel Sternik, and Emily Wozena.