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New Trier dominates the section in pursuit of three-peat

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The new Trier boys water polo’s quest for a third straight state championship reaches its final stages this weekend.

After a dominant sectional run, the two-time champions return to the eight-team state finals in hopes of capturing another IHSA title.

The Trevians devastated their sectional foes, dismissing challengers Prospect (20-7), Loyola (16-1) and Maine South (15-3) in short order on May 4, 10 and 11, respectively.

New Trier opens the IHSA finals with Lyons at 4:30 PM on Thursday, May 16 at Stevenson High School. Also in the mix at State are Fremd, Whitney Young, Naperville North, Lincoln-Way East, York and Stevenson. The Trevs defeated Lyons (11-3, 5-4) in their two meetings this season.

The Trevs are 26-5-1 this season and all of their non-wins have come against state-bound programs: three losses to Naperville North, one loss and one tie to York, and one loss to Stevenson. New Trier also defeated York twice and Stevenson once.

Junior Hank Woodman is the Trevians top scorer with 77 goals, followed by Harry Roberts with 54 and Jack Mitidiero with 43. Mitidiero leads the team with 21 assists. Will Moran scored 22 goals and 17 assists in just 14 games played.

The new water polo from Trier conquered his first state championship in 2022 to conclude a record season. The Trevians backed that up in 2023 with another 30-win season and them Stevenson overthrownwhich had previously defeated the Trevs three times in the state championship game that season.

The Trevians have five state trophies in program history (since 2002). That includes four since 2016 (third in 2016, second in 2017), all under head coach David Rafferty-Flatter.

On the girls side, New Trier’s run of four consecutive state finals came to an end with an 8-2 loss to Evanston in the sectional final on May 11.

The Trevians had advanced to state in four consecutive and eight of the previous nine seasons.


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