GIRLS: Sophomore Sophia Rucker scored the game-winning goal, and sophomore Annabella Burke tallied three goals in Loyola’s 12-11 win over Bullis School, of Potomac, Maryland, on Friday.
It was Loyola’s first win on its East Coast road trip after losing to Potomac (Dumfries, Virginia) 11-9 and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Virginia) 15-6.
Although the Ramblers (6-2) led Bullis 11-5 at the half, the Bulldogs scored six unanswered goals to even the game with less than two minutes to go in the second half.
Burke controlled the ensuing draw, and Rucker scooped up the ball and scored the game-winner.
“We are not happy with how we played in the second half, but any win is a good win out here,” Loyola head coach John Dwyer said.
In addition to her three goals Friday, Burke won seven draws, got two groundballs and caused two turnovers. She’s the lone Rambler to score at least one goal in all three games and has a team-best seven on the trip.
“She is clearly emerging as someone we can count on,” Dwyer said. “She is strong, fast and talented. She worked hard to get where she is right now. She could up being a really good player.”
Senior Claire Caffery and senior Riley Dolan both have four goals on the East Coast.
“We have a lot of talent and depth on this team,” Dwyer said. “We aren’t fully developed, but our challenge as coaches is to get us there.”
Loyola plays Georgetown Visitation, of Washington, D.C., and Episcopal (Alexandria, Virginia) on Saturday.
BOYS: Three players scored three goals apiece to lead the Ramblers to a wire-to-wire win over Calverton School, of Huntingtown, Maryland on Friday.
Senior Andrew Forsyth, junior Mike Feuer and sophomore Branden Tait all finished with three goals in the 15-6 victory at Calverton.
Junior Nolan Chow totaled two goals and one assist, while junior Connor Koch had two assists and one goal.
Loyola (4-0) opened its East Coast trip Thursday with a 9-8 win over Our Lady of Good Counsel, of Olney, Maryland.
In two games, Forsyth has four goals and three assists. Chow has three goals and two assists, while junior Timothy Hackett has four assists and one goal. Junior Najee Taylor has two goals and two assists. Tait is tied with Forsyth for the team lead in goals with four.
The Ramblers play Georgetown Prep, of Bethesda, Maryland, on Sunday.