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Frosh-Soph 11
Naperville North 7

Championship Game
Conference Tournament
West Chicago Middle School

Sunday | May 18, 2008

Jimmy Ingold tallied twice against Naperville North in the Conference Championship game, helping propel StC to the title. Photo by Dave Fairweather

"We played our best defense of the year"

Before heading to West Chicago on Saturday and Sunday for the Conference Tournament, the Frosh-Soph devoted their Friday night to supporting the newest Ronald McDonald House in the Chicago area.
Players, coaches and parents teamed up with the Bear family, owner/operators of nine area McDonald's restaurants, to raise money for and awareness of the Ronald House at the McDonald's South Elgin "McCare Night."
Some players acted as volunteer servers and order runners as part of that store's "Cruise Night" festivities. Others ran the 50-50 raffle and sold "mystery" balloons, and still others organized different lacrosse skills contests.
Proceeds from those events, as well as a portion of the sales from that evening, will be donated by the Bear family on the Club's behalf to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and the newest House, which will serve the Advocate Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn.
Ronald Houses are a “home away from home” for families whose seriously ill children are receiving hospital care in the Chicagoland area. This new one is the fourth such House in the area.
The Frosh-Soph team and their parents took the lead in this Club project, which is the latest such community outreach event for the Club this year.
In April, Head Coach Andy Thompson and members of the Varsity team, in partnership with The Sportsplex of St. Charles, ran a Youth Clinic for area fourth- to eighth-grade lacrosse players.
And all season long, members of the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams have donated used (and new) equipment to the Club's "Stick Up For St. Charles" equipment drive. That equipment will be made available to area youth players in need.

For McCare Night photos, go
Photos by David Fairweather

Revenge may be sweet, but sweeter yet was the conference title it bestowed upon the Frosh-Soph. Avenging their only regular-season (and in-state) loss of the year, the team thumped Naperville North 11-7 in the Final of the DuPage Conference Tournament on Sunday, May 18, in West Chicago.
"This weekend, we played the best defense we had the entire year," says Frosh-Soph Head Coach Brian Hynes. "Led by Kevin Acton, Trace Evans and Andrew Jurewicz, the defense shut down the attack for both Wheaton Warrenville South [in the semifinal] and Naperville North."
On offense, Jimmy Ingold had "a breakout two games, finding the net on numerous occasions," continues Coach Hynes,
"Jesse Nagelberg, too, continued his scoring streak," he adds. "His goals in both games gives him a score in every game we played this season. And Marcus Stammen was a key in both victories, finding open cutters with his passes."
It's been a remarkable year for the team. On the field, it won 16 of 19 games, losing just one game in 14 Illinois contests. And off the field, it spearheaded the Club's drive to help support the newest Ronald McDonald House in the Chicago area (see sidebar).
"Overall," says Coach Hynes, "Coach Rob Klemm and I had a lot of fun coaching this group
throughout the year. We could always count on coming to practice and finding something to laugh about. This is a good group of kids with a
lot of 'colorful' personalities. I'll miss these guys when I leave this summer but I wish them continued success in whatever they choose to pursue.
"And one more thing," he adds. "I am way too fast for you to get me with any water buckets."

For Title Game photos, go
Photos by David Fairweather