In Water Polo this weekend the Crusaders won the Rice Tournament by defeating Hinsdale Central, St. Rita and De La Salle to make it to the championship game. Here the Crusaders prevailed 8-7 over a tough Lockport Township team. Top scorers for Rice in the title game were Quinn Russell with 4 goals and Pat Murphy with 3.
You are invited to a gathering to view the plans for the renovations to the Brother Rice pool. Please join us for an event in the Pool Corridor on Tuesday, April 11th at 7:00 PM. Cocktails and finger foods will be served.
Please RSVP to Tim O’Connell ‘03 at 773-429-4312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a hard fought varsity match, the Crusader water polo team prevailed against Andrew 15-12 on Monday, April 3, 2017. Quinn Russell led all scorers with 6 goals, and Pat Murphy contributed 5 goals. Noah Figus scored twice while Sam Broad and Matt Kilroe added 1 goal each. Pat Cunningham was outstanding in goal.
The JV team defeated Andrew 10-7. The Crusaders were led by Mark McCann and Patrick Dumais with 4 goals each. TJ Murphy and Owen Graybill added one goal each.
The varsity water polo team won the Brother Rice Water Polo Tournament on the weekend of April 23-24, 2016. The team defeated Lockport, the Latin School, and Curie to advance to the championship game. The Crusaders then prevailed in the championship game defeating Hinsdale Central 5-4.
In Water Polo last evening the JV defeated St. Ignatius 12-4. Matt Kilroe, Nate Turcich and Noah Figus each contributed 2 goals to the effort. In a hard fought varsity match, the Crusaders prevailed over the Wolfpack 12-11. Matt Bachler led all scorers with 6 goals, while Peter Gurka and Brennan Russell each added 2.
On Wednesday, March 25, 2016 both the JV and varsity water polo teams defeated the visiting Shamrocks from St. Patrick. In the varsity contest the Crusaders prevailed 16-9. Matt Bachler led all scorers with 6 goals while Andrew Szczepaniak contributed 3.
The JV won 12-10. Leading scorers for Rice were Noah Figus with 4 goals while Pat Neilsen and Nate Turcich added 3 goals each
The Brother Rice alumni water polo game will take place on Wednesday, November 26, at 6:30 P.M. at Brother Rice. All former water polo alumni are welcome to participate. A reception will follow the game at The Tilted Kilt on 95th Street. There is not a special for the after party event, as alumni will be on their own for refreshments.
Brother Rice is unaccustomed to the underdog role, but the Crusaders embraced it this postseason.
As the No. 4 seed in the Stagg Sectional, they became the only non-top seed to advance to state.
It took a determined Stevenson squad — motivated by last season’s loss in the state championship game and playing in its home pool —to finally oust the Crusaders in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The Patriots killed Brother Rice in transition early on their way to a 9-1 lead and a strong second-half performance from the Crusaders wasn’t enough in a 12-7 loss in Lincolnshire.
“We didn’t come out as strong as we wanted to” Rice’s Matt Bachler said. “We wanted to come out the same way we did against Curie (in the sectional semifinal) and Stagg (in the sectional final), but it didn’t happen. I’m very happy with the way we came back in the second half, though.”
Source: SouthtownStar | Steve Millar
With an 8-18 record entering the sectional tournament, the Brother Rice water polo team needed something drastic to happen if it was going to win the Stagg sectional.
So the coaching staff decided a new offensive system was in order, and it was exactly what the team needed.
The Crusaders will be one of eight teams competing for the state championship after a memorable sectional week that included wins over the top two seeds. Brother Rice, seeded fourth, topped Curie by one goal in the semifinals and held off second-seeded Stagg 12-10 to win the crown at Lincoln-Way Central on May 17.
“We changed a lot of stuff the last week and came together the last two nights. We put everything on the table. We told the kids if they wanted to take it to the next level, we needed to play our game and not the opponent’s game. They did everything we asked them to do,” said Brother Rice Coach Tony Cichowicz. “We realized what we were doing wasn’t working, so we changed it up. Everything worked like it was supposed to this week.”
Matt Bachler (four goals), Dan Birmingham (three goals), Luke Healy (two goals), Brennan Russell (goal), Peter Gurka (goal) and Kevin Kenny (11 saves) were the standouts for Brother Rice.
If Tammy and Jennifer Stelnicki had been born with a water polo ball in their hands, no one would have been surprised.
The Stelnickis come from a legendary water polo lineage, starting with their Hall of Fame grandfathers, extending to their All-American mother, aunts and uncles, and continuing to their all-state older brother and sister.
The Stelnickis’ grandfathers, the late Philip Stelnicki and Jim “Moose” Mulcrone, are arguably the most famous names in Illinois water polo coaching history.
They were inductees of the inaugural Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame class in 1986. Both have awards named after them: The Philip J. Stelnicki Award for the state’s top senior boy and the Jim “Moose” Mulcrone Award for the boys coach of the year.
Mulcrone boasts an even more impressive resume. From 1980 to 1998, he claimed 13 state titles as Brother Rice’s water polo skipper. His teams also placed second five times and third on four occasions, and Mulcrone finished his tenure 724-79 at the all-boys Southwest Side Catholic school.