When the Ramblers lost to New Trier 5-3 on May 1, Loyola head coach Rob Snyder said he hoped the defeat would send a message to his players.
“We will try to use it the best way we can,” he said.
On Saturday at Hinsdale Central, the Ramblers won it mattered most, beating the Trevians 7-2 in the state final, the first hosted by the IHSA.
Three players scored in the first quarter to stake Loyola (22-3) to a 3-0 lead, and junior goalkeeper Dom Urukalo made sure it stood up. An All-American as a sophomore, Urukalo finished with 14 saves.
“The early lead was huge and took the pressure off of us and put it on them,” Loyola senior Andrew Forsyth said.
Senior Quinn Callahan led the offense with three goals, while junior Timothy Hackett had two goals and one assist. Senior Andrew Forsyth (pictured above) and sophomore Branden Tait each scored once. Junior Najee Taylor had an assist.
Defensively, senior Quinn Cashion totaled three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Senior Luca Lazzaretto had two groundballs and two caused turnovers.
“The offense did a great job of possessing the ball, and that kept us fresh on defense,” Cashion said. “We felt like we were always attacking them.”
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola