Even as Loyola celebrated another lopsided win in the postseason Wednesday in Glenview, nobody on the team was talking state championship.
With their 18-6 victory over York, the top-seeded Ramblers moved on to the semifinals, where they will play No. 4 Glenbrook South on May 31 at New Trier. Loyola has outscored its three playoff opponents 54-9.
But the Ramblers (26-2) aren’t playing perfect lacrosse, according to head coach John Dwyer.
“We have a long list of things we need to improve on,” he said. “At times, we show flashes or have stretches of good play. But we need to sustain that level for 50 minutes. What’s awesome is we have a coachable bunch of kids.”
Seniors Brennan Dwyer and Madison each scored three goals apiece in the first half to help Loyola to a 9-2 lead. Dwyer scored the first two of the second half, and the Ramblers held at least an eight-goal advantage over the No. 9-seeded Dukes the rest of the way.
Dwyer finished with seven goals, while Kane contributed four. In all, nine Ramblers scored. That included seniors Grace Clarke, Libby Germano, Serena Walker and Caroline Witkowski as well as freshmen Kelsey Koch and Sophia Rucker and sophomore Emily Doell.
“It’s great to see those underclassmen step up,” Clarke said. “We have a lot of depth on this team.”
Dwyer said it’s important he holds the freshmen and sophomores to the same standard as the veteran players. It’s one of the reasons why Loyola has won eight consecutive state championships.
“We can’t deviate because we want them to learn from a young age what we expect,” he said. “The older girls have done a great job of showing the younger ones how we want them to play.”