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2018 IHSLA All-Conference Selections
The IHSLA coaches from each conference made their selections for All-Conference. The selections are posted here. Congratulations to the recipients.
IHSLA All-State Selections
The coaches of the IHSLA voted to select players to All-State honors. Congratulations to all the athletes who were selected. You can find the list here.
All-Star Game Tuesday, June 6
IHSLA 2017 All Star Game
Tuesday June 6, 2017
Brother Rice HS, 10001 S. Pulaski, Chicago (directions)
B Game Players Arrive at 4:30pm – 5:45pm Faceoff
A Game Players arrive 6:30pm - 8pm Faceoff

Players should wear their school helmet only!!
Players will be issued uniforms at the field.
All players keep their shorts but must turn in their Jersey.
All players will have an opportunity to take pictures with their family in their uniform after the game.

Rosters will be posted shortly.
CN100 to Broadcast Championships
The games will be shown on Comcast Channel 100 (CN100)
The Lacrosse Cup will air on 6/4 at Noon and also on 6/5 at 7pm
The State Championships will air on 6/4 at 4pm and also on 6/6 at 7pm
Later in the week the games will be available in HD on Comcast Video On Demand programming.
Top Seeds Battle for Championship
Loyola Academy and New Trier breezed through the playoffs once again and now face each other for the 15th time in the IHSLA State Championship. Loyola Academy enters the game as the heavy favorite after dominating the IHSLA regular season with a 16-0 record and carrying the #1 seed into the playoffs. The Ramblers crushed their opponents in all but one game by at least eight goals. Their only close game was to New Trier where the Ramblers won by a single goal.

New Trier also dominated the regular season by beating all opponents, except for Loyola, by at least six goals. The Trevians look to avenge their only regular season loss and their loss to Loyola and last year's finals to regain their championship form.

In the Lacrosse Cup, #1 seed Carmel Catholic makes its second trip to the finals and hopes to find a winning formula after last year's heartbreaking loss to Geneva. They will have their hands full with the #2 seed South Elgin Storm. In just their second year as a varsity participant in the IHSLA, the Storm have developed into a force to be reckoned with in the Northwest Suburbs.
IHSLA All-Conference Selections
The IHSLA coaches made their All-Conference selections. Congratulations to these gifted student-athletes. The list can be found at:
Loyola, Carmel Catholic Claim #1 Seeds
Loyola Academy captured the #1 seed in the IHSLA State Championship series for the third time in four years. The Ramblers dominated the regular season by accumulating a 12-0 record while averaging 14 goals per game and holding opponents to an average of 3 goals per game. The New Trier Trevians took the #2 spot in the tournament.

Carmel Catholic won the top seed position in the IHSLA Lacrosse Cup series with a 16-4 regular season record. The Corsairs hope to redeem themselves after coming up short in the Lacrosse Cup final in 2016. While South Elgin was atop the standings board in the B-Division throughout the regular season, Carmel's strong performance against A-Division neighbor Grayslake North on the last day of competition propelled them to the top spot. South Elgin will compete from the #2 spot in the tournament.
The Playoffs Approach
The IHSLA playoffs are upon us. The upcoming Lacrosse Cup Tournament and the State Championship Tournament will be seeded using the IHSLA power ratings as of 10:00PM on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Brackets will be posted on Friday morning, Playoff games will begin Monday, May 22. All games will be held at the home field of the highest seeded team.
Congratulations Neuqua Valley for their 2017 North South Shootout Championship
Neuqua Valley scored with 30 seconds left to go to lift them past Wheaton North in the championship game of the North South Shootout.

Thank you to all the teams who participated and best of luck on the rest of the season.

For more information on the tournament, please visit
North/South Shootout Set for this coming Weekend
The North/South Shootout, hosted by Wheaton Warrenville South and Wheaton North boys lacrosse is this coming weekend, March 18th and 19th during the afternoon at both WWS and WN high schools. For more information about the tournament, who's participating and the schedule, please visit the tournament website at

This year marks the 7th year of the Shootout. Past winners include:

2016 Geneva High School
2015 St. Viator High School
2014, 2013 Benet Academy
2012 Waubonsie Valley/Metea Valley Co-Op
2011 St.Charles Co-Op

For additional information, please contact
Free Coaching Clinic
The IHSLA is hosting a free coaching clinic on Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 at Nazareth Academy from 8:30AM-3:30PM. Coaches from youth lacrosse (grades 4-8) programs and high school coaches are welcome to attend.

Complimentary continental breakfast will be served at 8:30AM for all participants. Lunches will be made available for all participating IHSLA coaches. Non-IHSLA coaches can also get a lunch for $5.

Sign up for the coaching clinic at:

A US Lacrosse Level 1 Clinic for boys and girls lacrosse will be held at the same location from 9:00AM to Noon. Registration for the Level I Clinic must be made separately through US Lacrosse at:
Rules Interpretation Meeting Feb 7, 2017
The annual rules interpretation meeting for coaches, which was previously scheduled for January, has been postponed to Feb 7, 2017. It will be held at the Hillside Best Western at 7:00PM.

The rules interpretation meeting is for coaches and athletic directors. It features a presentation by the officials organizations highlighting changes in rules and areas of emphasis for lacrosse officiating during the 2017 season. The IHSA requires attendance by at least one coach or athletic department officer at the rules meeting to participate in the 2017 season.
Coaches Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
The annual fall coaches meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at the Hillside Best Western at 7:00PM. Documents containing the agenda, conference structure, scheduling guidelines, playoff schedule, and dues invoices have been posted on the coaches login landing page.

Matt Troha from the IHSA will be presenting information about the transition of the state series to the IHSA in 2018.

Best Western, 4400 Frontage Road, Hillside, IL
Peter Hamm 1978 - 2016
Pete played HS lacrosse at Hinsdale Central and coached youth and HS lacrosse for many years in the Chicago area. His passion for the game touched many people. He will be missed.

Below was sent from the St. Ignatius Lacrosse program:

Wolfpack Lacrosse Players and Families – it is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of former Wolfpack lacrosse coach Peter Hamm. Peter was a kind, generous and wonderful person who had a passion for coaching lacrosse. Peter truly cared about his players. Peter coached for four years starting as an assistant freshman coach and advanced to become the head varsity coach for two years.

Below is the information on the services posted on Facebook by one of Peter’s friends:

Pete’s memorial service will be held at The Morton Arboretum from 10 AM until noon at the Fragrance Garden this Friday (6/10). Tell the entrance-gate attendant (P-...21) you are there for Peter Hamm's memorial and you will not be charged the entrance fee. They should also give you a map. The Fragrance Garden is where some of his mother's ashes were spread, where a bench in memory of his parents sits, as well as where Alison Hamm got married. The family will have a pastor speak briefly in the beginning. Details about a casual gathering afterwards are still being finalized and will be discussed at the memorial.

For those that didn’t know, Pete was an amazing artist. For a small sample of some of Peter’s amazing pencils, please visit In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Please keep Peter Hamm and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank You to Montini From the IHSLA
On behalf of the IHSLA and the participating schools, I would like to thank Montini Catholic High School for hosting the 2016 IHSLA Championships. Special thanks to AD Tom Lentine and Head Boys Lacrosse Coach Chris Wall for coordinating all the pregame and game day activities to bring us a seamless event. a tremendous amount of work goes into hosting our event and it comes at a busy time of the year when the schools are transitioning from end of school year activities to summer camp and planning for next school year. Great job and thank you!
US Lacrosse Selects All-Americans and Academic All-Americans
The Illinois chapter of US Lacrosse has made their selections for All-American and Academic All-American recognition.

The following student athletes will be recognized by US Lacrosse as All-Americans for their on-field skill and leadership:

Patrick Flanagan, Loyola Academy
Patrick M. Donahue, Fenwick
Noah Moderwell, Libertyville
Kyle Hyland, Hinsdale Central
Dami Oladunmoye, Grayslake North
Pat Murphy, Saint Viator
Kyle Koch, Loyola Academy
Danny McDermed, New Trier
Jack Walton, Lyons Township
Lucca Lazzaretto, Loyola Academy
Peter Schmidt, Saint Viator

Academic All-Americans are selected by a panel comprised of US Lacrosse administrators, IHSLA coaches, US Lacrosse certified officials, and local educators. The candidates and their credentials are submitted to the US Lacrosse chapter by their coaches. The candidates are evaluated on a rigorous scale consisting of academic achievement, athletic skill, community service, and recommendations from coaches and school officials. Academic All-American is the highest and most difficult-to-achieve recognition for high school athletes awarded by US Lacrosse.

The following student-athletes will be recognized by US Lacrosse for their extraordinary achievements in the classroom and on the field:

Kyle Highland, Hinsdale Central
Michael McFarland, Glenbrook North
Morgan Baylor, Lake Forrest Academy
Christopher Heneghan, Fenwick
Zach Struckman, New Trier
Connor Polk, Libertyville
Zachary Marinko, Hinsdale Central
Brian Vickers, Libertyville
Mitchell Stathakis, Barrington
Kenny Sidoryk, York
Dillion Jacobson, Whitney Young
Thomas Giacalone, Waubonsie Valley

Please join us in congratulating these fine young men on their outstanding performance this year.
Loyola vs New Trier; Geneva vs Carmel Catholic
For the 14th time, Illinois’ two most decorated boys lacrosse programs, Loyola and New Trier, will face off for the state championship.

The Trevians are 7-6 all-time in state title games against the Ramblers. New Trier, the two-time defending state champions, has passed Loyola for the most championships in state history, 11 to 10, respectively. The two storied programs will meet again in the state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at Montini. The Lacrosse Cup, featuring Carmel and Geneva, the top two teams in the B division, will play at 10 a.m. Both games will be broadcast by CN100, The Comcast Network, on Sunday at Noon and 4 p.m. Visit for air dates and times. See the games anytime in HD with Xfinity On Demand.

New Trier (14-2) handed Loyola its only loss of the season on May 12 in a 7-6 double overtime thriller. The Trevians are led by first-team all-state pick Danny McDermed, a senior defender. In addition to McDermed, they have five first-team Central Suburban all-conference picks, led by senior midfielder Tyler Seminetta, the CSL Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to that pair, Colin Casas (senior midfielder), Peter Jacus (junior goalie), Collin Kroll (junior attacker) and Ryan McCudden (senior defender) were named to the first team. On the second team, New Trier placed Nelson Gaechter (junior attacker); Sam Selati (senior midfielder) and Zack Struckman (senior midfielder) were honored.

Loyola (15-1) features some serious firepower as the Ramblers look to get back atop the medal stand for the first time since 2013. They finished second in 2014, the 11th time Loyola was the state runner-up. The Ramblers have four all-state picks, three of which were named to the first team. Senior attacker Patrick Flanagan was one of the state’s top players last year, and he repeated the feat this year. Junior defender Kevin Koch and sophomore midfielder Luca Lazzaretto were also first-team selections. Senior goalie Kevin Corbett reached the second team.
In addition to those four players, four other players were named to the Chicago Catholic all-conference team; Will Chestnut (senior defender), Ben Gorman (senior attacker), Billy Jardeleza (junior face off specialist) and Tommy Schmitz (junior midfielder).

Getting things started on Saturday will be Carmel and Geneva, two programs making their first appearances in the Lacrosse Cup.

Top-seeded Geneva (17-3) rides into the game on an 11-game win streak, led by first-team all-Upstate Eight picks Ryan Deane (senior goalie, 142 saves), Quinn Erdmann (junior midfielder, 68 points), Joel Hardy (senior attacker, 39 points), Max Lemen (senior defender) and Marcus Vanata (senior attacker, 57 points). The Vikings also feature second team honorees Griffin Bellano (senior attacker, 45 points) and Jacob Wenokur (senior defender). Reinier Descoteaux (senior defender), Matthew Peruba (senior midfielder) and William Walker (junior midfielder) earned honorable mention status.

Carmel (17-3) is hot as well, coming in winners of nine straight. One of the state’s most dangerous scorers, senior midfielder Emmett Graham, leads the way with 52 goals and 19 assists. Junior attacker Jake Shenderovsky and senior goalie Ryan Voth joined Graham on the North Suburban all-conference team.

- Paul Johnson, CN100 Correspondent

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Sam Story Selected as Assistant Coach of the Year
Sam Story, the defensive assistant coach for the Saint Viator Lions, was voted Assistant Coach of the Year by the IHSLA coaches. Coach Story was nominated for his significant contributions to the rise of the Saint Viator program over the last four years, for his dedication to the school and to his players, and for his tireless game preparations. He is a great ambassador for Illinois lacrosse when he attends coaching clinics and conferences, and he embodies a passion for the game while working with youths and as a lacrosse skills trainer in the off-season.

Sam Story has been instrumental in the steady improvements in the Saint Viator lacrosse program over the course of four years. This year, Coach Story led the Lions defense to a 5.5 goals-against-per-game for their top 8 opponents, a phenomenal feat considering the offensive power of these teams. The majority of the Lions' defensive minutes are played by juniors and sophomores, which makes the statistics more impressive and makes a bigger statement about Coach Story's impact. In addition to running the defense, Coach Story is incredibly dedicated to preparations for the entire team. He spends countless hours traveling to watch opponents to observe schemes and knowing their personnel. Sam's unique approach to practice planning has helped all of the Lions players become better all-around lacrosse players, not just the defense. He seeks out information from coaches far and wide, attends multiple clinics/conferences each year and is a great ambassador for the game in Illinois. He has developed many youth players in the area and he is now extending his impact to the girls game by offering lacrosse skills training in the off-season.

Saint Viator Head Coach Bill Sanford says the following about Sam. "Coach Story has an incredible passion for our game and has made himself an invaluable asset to our program and school. Without Coach Story, it is hard to imagine this year's team getting to the point we have thus far."

Please join the IHSLA in recognizing Coach Sam Story for his accomplishments and for earning Assistant Coach of the Year.
Josh Cole Selected as Coach of the Year
The 2016 ISHLA Coach of the Year is Josh Cole, head coach of the Prairie Ridge Wolves. Coach Cole has been singled out by his conference and by the coaches state-wide for directing a dramatic turnaround in the success of the Prairie Ridge program and for creating a positive culture of respect and sportsmanship amongst his players. Please join the coaches in the IHSLA in congratulating Coach Cole for his accomplishments.

After not having won a single game the past two years, the Wolves are 15-1 this season in Josh's first year as coach. The Wolves boasted an undefeated conference record, while defeating conference rival Cary-Grove; an accomplishment that has not happened since 2012. Statistically, the Wolves rank near the top of the IHSLA standings for goals scored (total and average), and goals allowed (total and average). Additionally, the Wolves had a total of five players for all-conference recognition. Coach Josh Cole has played a major role in this dramatic turnaround.

Coach Cole has not only taught his players lacrosse skills, but he has created a culture of sportsmanship at Prairie Ridge by "playing lacrosse the right way". Team chemistry has traditionally been an important factor for the Wolves lacrosse club, so teammates are encouraged to look to each other for support. The Prairie Ridge team is a young, tight knit group with only has five seniors on the roster. Coach Cole has not only included lowerclassmen, but he also called on them to contribute in a significant way on the field. For these reasons, Coach Cole was nominated as Coach of the Year by his conference and was recognized by the league of coaches for this honor.
2016 All-Conference & All-State Selections
The IHSLA coaches voted for All-Conference and All-State players this weekend.

Congratulations to all the student athletes who were recognized by the coaches of their conference for their talent on the field.

The exceptional talents of a select few players were nominated for All-State recognition. Voting took place over the weekend for the nominated candidates by all the coaches state-wide in the IHSLA. Congratulations to the following student athletes:

1st Team All-State Attack - Patrick Flanagan, Loyola Academy
1st Team All-State Attack - Patrick Donahue, Fenwick
1st Team All-State Attack - Noah Moderwell, Libertyville

1st Team All-State Midfield - Kyle Hyland, Hinsdale Central
1st Team All-State Midfield - Dami Oladunmoye, Grayslake North
1st Team All-State Midfield - Pat Murphy, Saint Viator

1st Team All-State Defense - Kyle Koch, Loyola Academy
1st Team All-State Defense - Danny McDermed, New Trier
1st Team All-State Defense - Jack Walton, Lyons Township

1st Team All-State LSM - Lucca Lazzaretto, Loyola Academy

1st Team All-State Goalkeeper - Peter Schmidt, Saint Viator

2nd Team All-State Attack - Griffin Patton, Grayslake North
2nd Team All-State Attack - Tommy Coyne, Naperville Central
2nd Team All-State Attack - Tyler Klima, Schaumburg

2nd Team All-State Midfield - Cole Johnston, Lake Forest
2nd Team All-State Midfield - Michael Anzelmo, Schaumburg
2nd Team All-State Midfield - Charlie Walker, Grayslake North

2nd Team All-State Defense - Brandon Boulger, Libertyville
2nd Team All-State Defense - Will O'Grady, Benet Academy
2nd Team All-State Defense - Jordan Crissy, Naperville Central

2nd Team All-State LSM - Kevin Murphy, Saint Viator

2nd Team All-State Goalkeeper - Kevin Corbett, Loyola Academy

The full list of All-Conference selections and the All-State players can be found on our Awards page.
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