GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: The Ramblers finished first at Glenbrook South on Friday in their first outdoor invitational of the season.
“Little surprised,” Loyola head coach ChrisJon Simon said. “It’s been a crazy spring [because of the weather].”
Nicole Cleland, Louisa Edwards, Payton Hoag and Sarah Jay combined to win the 4×800-meter relay in 10 minutes, 12.51 seconds. Addison Bendery, Brooke Moran, Ann Santangelo and Jackie Topping teamed up to the finish first in the 4×200 relay in 1:46.58.
The Ramblers punctuated the meet with a victory in the 4×400 — comprised of Topping, Moran, Santangelo and Bendery — in 4:14.6.
Topping won the 400 (1:03.68), while Bendery took top honors in the 200 (26.22). Bendery was second in the long jump (16 feet, 4 inches).
“Addison has taken it to another level,” Simon said. “She’s running at such a high level. We haven’t had a sprinter like her in some time.”
Edwards placed second in the 1,600 (5:30.99). Santangelo took third int he 100 (13.30), while Emma Uremovic was third in the 800 (2:36.50). In the field, Kate Santangelo finished third in pole vault (9-0).
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Like the Loyola girls team, the Ramblers were competing in their first invitational outside Friday. The highlights included wins in both the 4×400-meter relay and 4×800-meter relay.
Marc Daly, Aidan Sullivan, Eli Miller and Conner Moony clocked a time of 8 minutes, 18.68 seconds to finish first in the 4×800. Daly and Mocny teamed up with Jack Loveland and Luke Phillips to win the 4×400 in 3:36.96.
The 4×100 team of Loveland, Jack McCall, Trenton Bismonte and Mac Saliba placed second in 45.74.
Declan Ritzenthaler was Loyola’s lone individual winner, finishing first in the pole vault with a mark of 14 feet, 6 inches. He also took third in the 110 high hurdles (16.53) and fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.99).
Loveland was runner-up in the 400 (51.44), while Phillips finished fifth (52.05). McCall placed third in the long jump (21-1 3/4), fifth in the 100 (11.60) and sixth in the 200 (23.68).
BOYS LACROSSE: The Ramblers continue to raise their national profile, with the latest benchmark being a 7-6 win over Victor Senior (Victor, New York) on Friday in Upstate New York.
Trailing 6-5, junior Timothy Hackett tied the game before junior Najee Taylor notched the game-winner over the Blue Devils, who entered the game undefeated and ranked No. 10 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national poll.
Taylor finished with two goals and one assist, while Hackett had three goals. Junior Connor Koch and junior Nolan Chow each scored one goal apiece.
On short rest, the Ramblers, ranked 20th in the country by MaxPreps, lost to West Genesee (Camilius, New York) 9-6 on Saturday. Chow gave Loyola a 1-0 lead, but the Ramblers went into the half down 5-2 and chased the Wildcats for the final two quarters.
Chow finished with two goals, and Taylor had one goal and two assists. Junior Mike Feuer, Hackett and Koch all contributed one goal each.
Loyola (9-1) completes its trip Sunday against Ithaca (Ithaca, New York). The Ramblers host Fenwick on Tuesday before playing at St. Ignatius on Friday.
GIRLS LACROSSE: Loyola and New Trier both beat the defending Michigan state champion Rockford on Saturday to set the stage for Wednesday’s rivalry game in Northfield.
Neither the Ramblers (10-3) nor the Trevians (8-2) have lost to an in-state opponent this year. Loyola beat New Trier 15-9 in last season’s state final to capture its ninth consecutive state title.
“We are kind of similar teams,” Loyola head coach John Dwyer said. “We both lost a lot of seniors, and both of us are counting on some younger girls to play big roles. It’s always a fun game, and it should be evenly matched again.”
In the Ramblers’ 11-9 win over Rockford, senior Claire Caffery, senior Riley Dolan, junior Maggie Gorman and junior Brynn Holohan all scored two goals. Dolan had three draw controls and two groundballs, while Gorman had three groundballs and two draw controls. Both finished with one assist. Sophomore Annabelle Burke finished with one goal and one assist.
“That was a good win for us,” Dwyer said. “They were a tough, physical opponent, and we were able to withstand that.”
New Trier beat the Rams 13-6. The Trevians are led by junior Lucy Murray, who’s committed to Dartmouth. She is first on the team in goals and assists. Murray is the younger sister of New Trier graduate and Stanford lacrosse player Kelsey Murray.
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The return of junior outside hitter Jack Howard this week gave the Ramblers a big lift, highlighted by a third-place finish Saturday at Downers Grove South’s 24-team tournament. He missed the first 16 matches with an injured right ankle.
Howard’s eight kills helped Loyola (14-9) to a 25-13, 25-17 win over Plainfield North in the third-place match. His 38 kills in five matches tied senior right-side hitter Drake Johnson for the most on team.
“I’m healthy enough to play, but I am still finding my groove,” said the 6-foot-5 Howard, who led Loyola in kills as a sophomore. “I’m still bonding with the team on the court and trying to find my playing rhythm.”
Against Plainfield North, Johnson had eight kills and two blocks. Sophomore outside hitter/setter John Hitt totaled 12 assists, two kills and one block. Senior setter Rees Gray had 11 assists. Senior middle Clark Winkler had one kill and three blocks, while senior middle Nick Howard contributed two kills and one block. Freshman libero Ryan Merk finished with 15 digs.
Loyola has yet to have its full roster available for a match, according to head coach Lionel Ebeling. Nonetheless, he said the Ramblers played their best volleyball of the season Friday and Saturday.
“Once all of our pieces get into place, we can be a very good team,” Jack Howard said. “Right now, Drake and Ryan have been the staples, the heart and soul of our team. If they are playing well, we are playing well.”
Loyola went 1-1 in pool play Friday and advanced to the championship bracket on a tiebreaker. The Ramblers beat Barrington 26-24, 25-23 in the quarterfinals before losing to New Trier 25-14, 25-22 in the semis.
The Ramblers start the second half of the Catholic Blue next week. Loyola, which is 3-1 in conference play, visits league-leading and undefeated Brother Rice on Tuesday and hosts St. Francis on Thursday.
SOFTBALL: Senior Nora Conway hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third Saturday to spark a seven-run inning and help the Ramblers rally for a 12-11 win over Stevenson.
Conway, who has two homers this season, was one of four Ramblers to have at least two hits. KK Raymond went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Kathryn Kinsella finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Cassidy Rodgers had two hits and scored two runs.
Loyola (8-4) has a busy week in the GCAC Red, starting with Monday’s home game against Trinity. The Ramblers play at Fenwick on Tuesday, at home against Resurrection on Wednesday before traveling to play Providence Catholic on Thursday. Loyola is 3-4 in the conference.