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New Trier Girls Look To Defend Cup

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks
After a hard loss last year in the finals, Glenbrook looks poised to make a run at the 2007 Blackhawk Cup. But New Trier, last year's Blackhawk Cup champion, is also looking to make a return trip. The two teams have met twice this season with Glenbrook taking the first game 4-1. The second game on Jan. 21 ended in a 1-1 tie.

The Blackhawk Cup title game will be played March 21 at the Edge Ice Arena.

Tournament Outlook:
Glenbrook: Glenbrook has only one loss this season, coming at the hands of Loyola. Glenbrook (18-1-1) is led by Megan Bozek who has 31 goals and goaltender Allison Kirby, who has allowed only 14 goals all season. As the No. 1 seed, Glenbrook is looking to stay on top of the competition.

New Trier: The Trevians are looking to capture their third state championship in four years. Senior Melissa Kravich leads the team in goals and goalies Elizabeth Hitchcock and Mara Greenwald have 0.53 and 0.50 goals-against averages, respectively.

Loyola: Loyola comes into the tournament with a 16-3-0 record. The Ramblers will face Warren in the quarterfinals. Led by seven seniors, the team is looking to avenge a triple overtime loss to Glenbrook last year in the semifinals.

Lake Forest High School: The Scouts enter tournament play with a 13-6-0 record and are fourth in the Metro Girls Conference. Forward Jenna Dancewicz is the Metro Girls leading scorer with 43 goals. Tegan Betts, a former defenseman, is in her first season as goalie.

Naper Valley: With a 7-8-2 record, the Warriors are seeded fifth, and will face Lake Forest in the quarterfinals. Naper Valley has lost twice to the Scouts this season, but tied them in their most recent meeting.

Warren: The Blue Devils face Loyola in the quarterfinals. The two teams split their previous two meetings. Warren's offense is led by junior Jessica Patrone. The team also leads the Metro conference in penalty minutes.

Oak Park/River Forest: The Huskies take on Barrington in the first round of tournament play. OPRF beat Barrington twice this year by a combined score of 12-0. Watch for freshman Samantha Zitzer who leads the team in scoring.

New Trier Silver: This young team, comprised of only freshmen and sophomores, has a 3-13-3 record. Silver comes in as the eighth seed.

Latin: The Romans meet New Trier Silver in the opening round of the Blackhawk Cup. Both of their previous meetings between Latin and Silver were close, one ending in a 3-3 tie and another in a 4-3 Romans' loss.

Barrington: The Fillies, in a rebuilding year, are the 10th seed and will face Oak Park/River Forest in its first game. With only seven returning players and nine newcomers, Barrington is looking to assemble a team for the future.

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