Much like last week against New Trier, Loyola needed some time to find its rhythm.
Once the Ramblers got into a groove Wednesday, they ran past Hinsdale Central for a 15-5 win in Glenview.
“Give them credit,” Loyola head coach John Dwyer said. “Hinsdale played an aggressive, collapsing defense, and we were not as selective with our shots as we should have been.”
The game was scoreless until the Red Devils went ahead 1-0 with 14 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the first half. Loyola senior Madison Kane evened the game at 1-all at the 12:32 mark to spark a 4-0 run to end the first half.
Loyola junior Claire Caffery and senior Grace Clarke each scored goals in the first minute of the second half to start another 4-0 run for an 8-1 lead.
Hinsdale Central couldn’t get any closer than five the remainder of the game.
“We really took the momentum to begin the second half,” Dwyer said. “I was happy to see that.”
Senior Brennan Dwyer led the offense with five goals, while senior Libby Germano and Kane each scored three goals apiece. Kane added two assists.
Senior goalie Delaney Oliveira left the game in the first half after being hit in the helmet with the ball on a close-range shot attempt. Sophomore Annie Enrietto replaced her in goal.
The victory improved Loyola (18-2) to 8-0 against in-state opponents and likely locked up the top seed for the state playoffs later this month.
“This was a good one to put away,” John Dwyer said.