Senior Madison Kane said the key to the Ramblers’ success so far in the Rocky Mountains has been their ability to get ahead early.
Although they gave up the first goal Friday, the Ramblers righted themselves quickly and earned a 19-9 win over St. Ignatius of San Francisco.
After allowing the early goal — the first time its trailed in three games on the trip — Loyola scored four in a row, built a seven-goal lead and went into intermission ahead 12-6.
“A big factor is starting strong,” Kane said. “It gives us the momentum and the drive to finish strong.”
Senior Brennan Dwyer scored a team-high seven goals and had two assists. But it was her work in the draw circle against St. Ignatius senior and Duke-bound Catriona Barry that enabled the Ramblers (12-2) to control play, according to Loyola head coach John Dwyer.
“The formula for beating great teams is winning draws,” John Dwyer said. “You need to have possession.”
John Dwyer also echoed Kane’s comments about the importance of playing with the lead.
“We were losing 1-0, but we didn’t want to really fall behind against them,” he said. “We have been putting the hammer down and keeping it down.”
Senior Colleen Huffman finished with four goals and one assist Friday. Kane added two goals as did senior Caroline Witkowski.
The Ramblers close out their trip with two games Saturday. They open with Cherry Creek at 11 a.m. CST and conclude with Arapahoe at 3 p.m. CST. Dwyer said Cherry Creek could be the best team Loyola plays this week.