Sophomore Annabelle Burke (pictured above) is showing no signs of rust after missing nine games with a lower-body injury.
In only her second game since hurting herself April 21 against Rockford (Michigan), Burke scored one goal and had three assists Tuesday in Loyola’s 14-2 win over St. Ignatius in the supersectional at Lane Tech. She totaled four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the team’s 18-7 win over Maine South in the sectional final Friday.
“Annabelle is a presence,” Loyola head coach John Dwyer said of the two-year varsity player. “She sees the field so well. She’s a complete player.”
Tuesday’s victory advanced the Ramblers (20-3) to the IHSA’s first state tournament, where they will play Hinsdale Central in the semifinals Friday at Hinsdale Central.
One of several players who was sidelined during the final part of the regular season, Burke said the Ramblers became a better team in her absence.
“Everybody stepped up so much,” she said. “We have so much more depth now.”
Nine players scored goals Tuesday.
Junior Maggie Gorman and freshman Ellie Lazzaretto both finished with three. Senior Riley Dolan contributed two goals, while senior Claire Caffery, junior Emily Doell, junior Anna Gordon, junior Brynn Holohan and sophomore Kelsey Koch each scored once.
Doell, Holohan and Lazzaretto all had two assists. Caffery and Koch both finished with one assist.
Junior Lizzie Witkowski led the defense with six caused turnovers.
“Once we settled in during the second half, the kids played with a lot more confidence,” Dwyer said.
New Trier plays Naperville North in the other state semifinal Friday.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola