Girls water polo: Barrington breaks away from inexperienced Warren squad

By Lou Nunez
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/28/2022 9:58 PM

George Harrison famously remarked about he and his Beatle band mates going into the studio to begin recording what became the albums "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Magical Mystery Tour" after completing a three-year touring whirlwind that one's personal growth in terms of development can grow like Rhubarb under hothouse conditions.

Warren girls water polo coach Carly Wright is hoping her young squad that has only three seniors on its 12 person roster can find such a successful harmony after winning their first game of the season versus Deerfield.


Wright took her team down to Barrington Thursday evening to face a Fillies club that came in with its season temperatures rising in the form of an eight-game win streak and 10 wins in their last 12 after having dropped four of its first six to begin the campaign.

She did see her Blue Devil team hang around with Barrington early. However, a late first quarter surge by the home team settled the waters of the BHS Natatorium as the Fillies went on to post a 20-7 victory for their ninth consecutive win.

"We are definitely in a growing year," Wright said afterward. "We have a lot of fresh faces this year. We have a lot of people who just started playing last year, so getting that time together in the pool is incredibly important. One of our biggest goals throughout this season has been shooting at the corners and not the goalie and I can tell you with confidence that every single goal that went in today was a corner shot, so I take those little victories and celebrate them with these girls. That's how we move forward."

Warren (1-12) gained early confidence when one of that senior trio, Julia Sznicer, scored to even things at 2 with 3:15 left in the opening stanza.

Then Reagan Albertson took over for Barrington (13-6) with the first of four straight scores 41 ticks later that left them in control at period's end 6-2. She then tallied another goal trio that expanded their lead to 11-4 at halftime. The TCU-bound senior finished the game with 8 goals followed by sophomore Eva Kurup's 6 and junior Jenna Kerr's 4.

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Four-year varsity letter winner Faith Harris led the Blue Devils with 3 goals

"We started working as a team," Albertson said. "Then we started playing well together and having that mojo all throughout the game and we get goals off (of it) and everyone starts scoring. I think our team (is) just learning to play as a team."

It's a sentiment that Barrington coach Mark Markwell agreed with.

"I think it shows the girls are catching on. We've had a tough beginning of the season, but after spring break we've started putting things together."

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