LINCOLNSHIRE – After failing to get to state a season ago, Fenwick boys water polo returned to its familiar place atop the state.
The Friars came in as the heavy favorite at the state tournament after getting past Lyons Township in a sectional final. Fenwick lived up to that following a comfortable 10-4 win over host Stevenson in the final.
Fenwick cruised past Homewood-Flossmoor 13-6 in the quarterfinal. The Friars led 10-0 at halftime and got three goals each from Matt Farmer and Matt Bresnahan. Eight different Friars scored in that win.
The semifinal proved to be the toughest test. Fenwick got by Naperville North 12-10. The Huskies led 3-2 after a quarter, but that was their last lead of the game. The Friars led by as many as five in the fourth quarter and held off a late rally from North. Bresnahan had four goals to lead Fenwick.
Bresnahan, Farmer, Andrew Bertschy, Trevor McLean and Justin White each scored two goals in the final.
Fenwick has won 10 of the 12 state championships since boys water polo became an official IHSA sport in 2002.