Nolan Chow (pictured above) said all of the right things after scoring a season-high five goals Tuesday in Glenview.
The sophomore attacker mentioned his coaches and teammates as reasons why he was able to enjoy such a big game on offense.
“We moved the ball so well, and I just happened to be the one who ended up open,” said Chow, who’s in his second season on varsity. “Our defense did such a good job of starting us out in transition, and that gave us so many opportunities to score.”
Chow scored four of his goals in the first half as the top-seeded and defending state champion Ramblers (14-7) raced out to a 12-0 lead over the No. 32 Saints.
“Nolan is a smart player, and he handles the ball well,” Loyola head coach Rob Snyder said. “He knows our offense, and how it should be run. He’s a very cerebral player.”
Senior Chris Mancini scored three goals. Sophomore Najee Taylor and freshman Kaden Keller each added two goals apiece. A total of nine players scored for Loyola.
Snyder said he liked the way the offense attacked the St. Charles East zone. It’s a defense the Ramblers will see a lot of in the postseason, according to Snyder.
“Zone offense has been a focus of ours for the past few weeks,” he said. “I liked how we moved the ball. We also took care of it, which is important.”
Sophomore goalie Dominic Urukalo got the start, but senior Jan Srczupak, senior Luke Sheble and junior Justin Simon all contributed to Loyola’s first shutout of the season. A highlight was Sheble’s save in the closing minute of the game on a close-range shot.
“Those guys really work on their craft,” Chow said. “They deserve the recognition.”
Loyola plays Thursday at home in Wilmette against either Libertyville or St. Charles North.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola