The Ramblers concluded one of their best trips to the East Coast on Sunday with a 9-8 win over Georgetown Prep, of North Bethesda, Maryland. It was Loyola’s first win over the Little Hoyas, one of the perennial top programs in the country.

“It was awesome to beat them,” Koch said. “I think some people thought we wouldn’t be as good as we were last year because we lost a lot of talent on defense. But we’ve looked good. I think we showed how could we can be by how we played out east.”

Junior Connor Koch finished with two goals — including the game-winner — and two assists Sunday. Junior Timothy Hackett had two assists, one of which came on Koch’s game-winning goal.

Koch called it the biggest of his career.

“We weren’t even supposed to shoot on that play,” he said. “But when [Hackett] dodged, he rolled back and scanned the field and found me wide open.”

After missing most of last season with back pain, Koch said he simply is happy to be healthy. He didn’t play on Loyola’s trip out east last year.

“I finally feel good,” he said. “It seemed like the injury went on forever.”

Senior Quinn Callahan, senior Quinn Cashion, senior Andrew Forsyth, junior Mick Burden, junior Nolan Chow, junior Mike Feuer (No. 6 in picture above) and junior Najee Taylor (No. 22 in picture above) all scored one goal apiece against Georgetown Prep.

Loyola opened the trip with a 9-8 win over Our Lady of Good Counsel, of Olney, Maryland, before beating Calverton School, of Huntingtown, Maryland, 15-6.

Forsyth finished with a team-best eight points (5 goals, 3 assists), while Koch (3 goals, 4 assists) and Hackett (1 goal, 6 assists) both had seven. Chow produced six points (4 goals, 2 assists), and Taylor totaled five (3 goals, 2 assists). Sophomore Branden Tait and Feuer each scored four goals apiece.

Junior Dom Urukalo earned all three wins in goal. Senior Michael Cutler, senior Johnny Hill, senior Luca Lazzaretto, senior Kyle McGarvey, senior Will Starshak, junior Danny Murphy and junior Cooper Prawdzik were among the standouts on defense. Lazzaretto played his first game of the season against Georgetown Prep. He missed four games with a lower-body injury.

The Ramblers (5-0) host St. Viator on Wednesday.

Photo credit: Tom Cutler