There is something so magnificent about watching a water polo match for the first time. The high-intensity game requires excessive stamina, superb teamwork skills, and the power to push through all obstacles. Lake Forest High School has seen great success in the past despite some obstacles, mainly their rival school, Stevenson. This year, the Varsity women’s team is ready to have one of their best seasons yet. Captains Grace Donahue, Isabelle Moore, and Catherine Pompe Van Meerdervoort and the rest of the team recently upset Buffalo Grove High School, where Donahue scored eight of the nine goals in an 9-8 victory.
Even though the team has been proud of their hard work in the pool, they strive to work just as hard towards building positive relationships with one another. The team prides themselves on the bond between the players, coaches, and their family. I have attended three games myself, and the family support system is incredible. Every game, all of the parents and siblings make an effort to come to watch. Isabelle Moore, a third year player and captain, used to come to her brother Spencer’s games. “I loved how intense the games were, and he always looked like he was enjoying every second.” Now, Spencer plays on the water polo team for the University of Michigan. I once saw him at one of Isabelle’s games when he was home from college, and he was so supportive, just as she had been for him during his high school years.
The sport is quite complicated to a novice, with lots of whistles and plays to keep track of. In the clip from the game last Thursday, you can see the evolution of a shot, along with the many fouls by the other team. At first, you can see the opposing team shoot on goalie Amalia Liguori-Coneff, which was blocked. She then throws the ball down the pool to teammate Grace Donahue, who backstrokes towards the goal. She is fouled by Mundelein, so she gets a free throw to a teammate. After a shot that was saved, teammates scramble to get the lost ball to rebound, where Lake Forest fouls by accidentally submerging the ball. This all happens in thirty seconds, which makes water polo one of the fastest sports.
Overall, the nineteen girls on JV and Varsity have been working so hard this season, so come out to the pool to cheer on the Scouts!
Schedule this week:
Wednesday, April 19th: Away at Deerfield, 5:00pm
Friday, April 21st: Home against Glenbrook South, 6:00pm
Saturday, April 22nd: Away at Naperville North, 8:50am