Midway through the fourth quarter Saturday, senior Quinn Roddy scooped up a loose ball in front of the cage in a scrum of players and slung it past New Trier freshman goalie Cooper Yaccino.
It turned out to the game-winning goal in Loyola’s 7-6 win over the Trevians on a cold, windy and rainy day in Northfield. The Ramblers (8-6) improved to 8-0 in games against in-state opponents, while the Trevians lost for the first time in Illinois.
After losing three games by one goal each in Upstate New York last week, the DePauw-bound Roddy said it was satisfying to see the Ramblers close one out against a strong opponent.
“I think this game will be good for our confidence,” Roddy said. “We did a good job of holding them off at the end when they made some runs at us.
“It’s always a battle against them.”
Roddy’s third goal of the game with 7 minutes, 1 seconds remaining in the fourth gave the Ramblers a 7-4 lead. New Trier senior John McCain tightened it up with a goal at the 2:55 mark and another with 11.0 seconds to go. McCain finished with a game-high four goals.
Loyola senior Billy Jardeleza did enough on the ensuing faceoff to prevent the Trevians from taking a final shot.
“We are the two best teams in Illinois, and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a blowout in this game,” said Roddy, who returned to action this week after missing most of the previous six games with a high ankle sprain on his right leg.
New Trier led 1-0 and 2-1 in the first quarter before Loyola scored five in a row to build a 6-2 lead on Roddy’s goal with 3:29 left in the third quarter.
“That swing helped, but we maybe sat back on offense too much instead of trying to score more goals,” Loyola head coach Rob Snyder said. “Again, our defense played great.”
Roddy said the Ramblers might have gotten too comfortable with the four-goal cushion.
“We knew they would keep coming after us, so I was thankful we were able to hold them off,” he said.
Sophomore Najee Taylor scored two goals for the Ramblers, while junior John Gierut and sophomore Timothy Hackett each scored one goal apiece.
Sophomore goalie Dominic Urukalo made several spectacular saves, including one at the end of the first half when the Ramblers were leading 3-2. Hackett was able to score on the other end to send Loyola into the locker room up 4-2.
At the half, captains from both teams presented Misericordia with a check for $32,700. Players from Loyola and New Trier had been raising money to benefit the organization.
“I’m proud of everybody on our team and on New Trier’s for what we did,” Roddy said. “I know first hand how great Misericordia is after having been a volunteer there in the past. I know this money will help them out.”