Loyola dug itself an early hole Friday and couldn’t climb out of it in an 8-5 loss to Hinsdale Central in the state semifinals at Hinsdale Central in lacrosse’s first season as an official IHSA sport.
The Ramblers fell behind 3-0 eight minutes into first half and chased the Red Devils the rest of the game.
Loyola (20-4) cut the deficit to one, 3-2, on goals by sophomore Annabelle Burke and senior Riley Dolan, and went into intermission down 5-3. But Hinsdale Central (17-5) scored 54 seconds into the second half and built an 8-3 lead.
Loyola head coach John Dwyer said the offense didn’t play its best.
“We turned the ball over too many times, which is very uncharacteristic,” he said. “You can’t give a good team that many chances. We squandered so many offensive opportunities, and that’s not who we are.”
Dolan and Burke both finished with two goals. Dolan had two groundballs and one assist, while Burke had three groundballs. Sophomore Sophia Rucker scored one goal, while junior Maggie Gorman and freshman Ellie Lazzaretto each had one assist apiece.
In the postgame interview, Dwyer thanked the contributions of seniors Claire Caffery, Mary Kate Campbell, Helen Hitt and Dolan. Dolan led the team in goals (63) and assists (22).
“They did the right things and were model captains,” he said. “I’m proud of this group.”
Loyola plays either New Trier or Naperville in Saturday’s third-place game at Hinsdale Central.