Fenwick did not lose to an Illinois team all season, though they were losing to one Friday.
Naperville North had just one loss all season, but the Huskies had not yet faced Fenwick.
The Friars had no trouble playing from behind, recovering from a one-goal halftime deficit with a dominant second half in their 11-8 victory in the girls state water polo quarterfinals at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.
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Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, USA
Carl Sandburg High School, Illinois and Michigan Canal, 13300 South La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462, USA
Naperville North High School, 899 Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60563, USA
Saint Ignatius College Prep, 1076 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Brother Rice High School, South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60655, USA
Fenwick High School, 505 Washington Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60302, USA
Colleen Barron scored five times and Janette Angelini netted the tying and go-ahead goals in the third quarter to erase Naperville North's 6-5 lead.
It was the first close game of the tournament — girls or boys — after six consecutive lopsided quarterfinals.
"We knew they were a strong team," Barron said. "We've never played them in-season. They had a great sectional game against Naperville Central. We expected them to come out strong after the big win they had.
"We're usually a second-half team. We've had some very close games. We played teams in Florida and Michigan and we learned how to keep up that intensity throughout the game."
Dani DiMatteo scored four goals for Naperville North (30-2).
Fenwick (29-2) will face Mother McAuley (25-8) in a semifinal at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Host Stevenson (30-4) and defending champion St. Ignatius (23-5) will square off in the other semifinal at 11:30 a.m.
The championship game is Saturday night at 8. The boys' final is at 6:30.
St. Ignatius 15, Lincoln-Way East 4: Diana Fernandez scored four goals, Rebecca Martinez had three and St. Ignatius (23-5) advanced to the semifinals for the fifth straight year. Haley McCabe scored twice for Lincoln-Way East (25-6).
Stevenson 13, New Trier 2: Sophomore Allison Travetto scored five goals and junior Melissa Gartenberg had four for the Patriots. Each also had three assists. Becky Callen made seven saves. Travetto enters the semifinals with 143 goals, while Gartenberg has 109 along with 104 assists. Shannon Kent and Lauren Barrett scored for New Trier (18-13).
Mother McAuley 13, Palatine 8: Clare Bryar and Fran Williamson scored six goals apiece, including the first five of the second half to give Mother McAuley a 12-5 lead. Bryar and Williamson each have 100 goals this season.
Four of Palatine's goals came in the second quarter, but the Mighty Macs (25-8) countered with five in the second to take a 7-5 halftime lead. Caroline Wojtas scored four goals for Palatine (27-6).
Mother McAuley lost 8-7 to eventual champion St. Ignatius in a 2013 semifinal.