It doesn’t look like talent pipeline at Loyola will be drying up any time soon.
Freshmen Ellie Lazzaretto and Maley Starr both scored three goals Wednesday in the Ramblers’ 18-6 win over New Trier in Northfield. Starr also had an assist after delivering a perfect pass from behind the cage to junior Emily Doell for a goal with 16.5 seconds to go before halftime.
Sophomore Sophia Rucker (pictured above) totaled one goal and one assist. Her goal at the 6:44 mark of the first half put Loyola ahead 4-3 and in the lead for good. Sophomore Angela Platt finished with one goal, and sophomore Emily Seymour had one assist.
Eleven of the team’s 23 points, including eight goals, came from freshmen or sophomores.
“When my name is called, I feel like I’m ready,” said Lazzaretto, whose brother is senior lacrosse player Luca Lazzaretto. “At the beginning of the season, I was overwhelmed. But this is such an amazing group that I was embraced right away. The intimidation of playing varsity went away very quickly.”
With four seniors and eight freshmen and sophomores, Loyola head coach John Dwyer has the youngest team in his 17 seasons. But the underclass is full of major contributors.
Sophomore Annabelle Burke, who didn’t play Wednesday, is second on the team with 36 points (24 goals, 12 assists). Starr has 25 points (16 goals, 9 assists), Rucker has 17 (15 goals, 2 assists) and Lazzaretto has 15 (13 goals, 2 assists).
“We’re young, but we are getting older,” Dwyer said. “It’s a hard-working group.”
New Trier (8-3) scored the first two goals and led 3-1 at the 13:50 mark of the first half before Loyola (11-3) went on a 5-0 run to take a 6-3 lead at intermission. The Ramblers ripped another five unanswered goals to start the second half to go up 11-3 with 19:05 remaining. The Trevians scored to make it 11-4, but they never got closer than seven.
“Not the start we envisioned,” Dwyer said. “To our kids’ credit, we didn’t crumble.”
Senior Riley Dolan scored a team-best four goals. Senior Claire Caffery and juniors Emily Doell each had two goals apiece. Junior Maggie Gorman and junior Brynn Holohan both finished with one goal and one assist.
“It was a total team effort,” Lazzaretto said. “We really did a good job of setting each other up.”
The game was a rematch of last year’s state final that Loyola won 15-9. It was New Trier’s first loss to an in-state team this season.
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