By Pam Flores
The Metro Girls High School League regular season is underway! This year we have 14 teams in the Metro Girls League: Barrington, District 211-214, Evanston, Fenwick, Glenbrook, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest High School, Latin School of Chicago Blue, Latin School of Chicago Orange, Loyola Academy, Maine Township, Naper Valley, New Trier Varsity and Warren.
During the first half of the season each high school team meets for one contest and the league is then divided into two divisions, Scholastic and Founders. It is sure to be a very tight contest again this year to determine where the teams will end up.
The tiers will be decided just before the holidays and the second half of the season kicks off in the New Year. The teams then enter the Metro playoffs and championship series. In addition, all eligible teams will compete in the Illinois State Girls High School State Championship in March.
Last Year Finals Recap
Fenwick High School beat Loyola by a score of 9-1 and New Trier topped Naper Valley in a tightly contested 4-3 win. In the Founders Cup semi-finals, Lake Forest High School beat Lake Forest Academy in a close game with a final score of 3-2 and Glenbrook and Warren battled it out in a game that went into two over time periods. In the end, Glenbrook won, and the final score was 7-6.
The championship games were held on Monday, March 18 at Lake Forest Academy. Lake Forest High School won the Founders Cup, beating Glenbrook by one goal. The final score was 3-2. Fenwick was named Scholastic Cup Champions, beating New Trier 5-2, with two empty-net goals scored by Ellie Kaiser in the final minutes of the game.
In the Illinois State Girls High School State Championship finals Fenwick took the State crown on Friday, March 22 – winning their first State championship title ever! They faced off against the reigning 2018 Champs, New Trier, beating them by a score of 3-2. New Trier went up early in the first period when Ella Huber got the puck in front of net for the Trevians and fed it to Sabrina Shvartsman for the first goal of the game. Shortly after on the power play, New Trier’s Huber scored again putting New Trier up 2-0.
Fenwick was able to come within one late in the first when Erin Proctor picked up her own rebound to get the Friars on the board. Later that period a penalty on a breakaway gave Ellie Kaiser a chance to level the score…and she did.
The Friars would go to work on the power play in the third period, taking a 5-on-3 man advantage and netting the game-winning goal thanks to a great shot by Kaiser. Both goaltenders battled hard, with Friar’s goalie Lena Flores making 24 saves, including several point blank saves in the third to seal the victory.
Metro Girls League Elects New Board of Directors
Congratulations to the newly elected Metro Girls League Board of Directors: Claire O’Connor, President, Pam Flores, Co-Vice President, Mary Magro, Co-Vice President, Jenny MacDougall, Secretary and Cheryl Johnson, Treasurer. The Metro Girls League would also like to extend a huge thank you to Ned Forsberg and Matt McCutcheon for their many years of dedicated service.
Good luck to all the girls as they prepare for the new season– play hard and HAVE FUN! Stay tuned for more news from the exciting Metro Girls High School league.