As impressive as Sandburg’s boys’ water polo team was last week — it opened the 2014 season with three victories and scored a total of 45 goals in those matches — Eagles coach Jim Caliendo was most satisfied with his squad’s defensive effort.
Sandburg started with a 10-4 victory over Lincoln-Way North in a SouthWest Suburban Conference crossover match and then crushed Bremen co-op 18-2 and Hinsdale South 17-4 in nonconference encounters on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
“I’ve definitely seen what I expected on offense because of the kids that I’ve seen who have been leading the way in practice,” Caliendo said. “What I’m really pleased with is our defense.
“Our team defense has really done well against the teams we’ve played thus far. That was a little unexpected and, therefore, a nice surprise.”
Against Lincoln-Way North, Zach Roper paced the Eagles with seven goals. His five goals propelled them past Bremen, and then Roper (six goals) and Mitch Zieler (five) led the charge for Sandburg in its romp over Hinsdale. Sean McNicholas registered 11 saves in the latter match.