GIRLS LACROSSE: Despite missing as many as five key contributors due to injury for the last several weeks, the Ramblers earned a 17-1 win over Barrington on the road Wednesday to finish the regular season with their 10th victory in a row.
Senior Riley Dolan, junior Maggie Gorman and sophomore Sophia Rucker all scored three goals. Senior Claire Caffery and sophomore Kelsey Koch each contributed two goals and one assist. Gorman had two assists.
Senior Mary Kate Campbell and junior Annie Enrietto split time in goal.
Loyola (16-3) opens the postseason Monday. The top-seeded Ramblers play No. 8 Mather in Glenview in the regional quarterfinals of the Evanston Sectional. This is the first season lacrosse is an IHSA sport.
“I’m happy with where we are right now,” Loyola head coach John Dwyer said. “I’m feeling a lot better knowing we are getting some of our players back soon.”
Sophomore Annabelle Burke is a player who has been out for an extended period. One of the team’s leading point-getters, she hasn’t played since April 21. Dwyer said he expects Burke, who has 36 points (24 goals, 12 assists) in 13 games, to be available next week.
“The good news is we will get players back, but it’s also been good to see others step up while they’ve been out,” Dwyer said.
Dolan finished the regular season first on the team in points with 67 (50 goals, 17 assists). Gorman is second at 41 (30 goals, 11 assists). Six other players have at least 31 points.
Loyola played two teams at Evanston’s sectional during the regular season. The Ramblers beat No. 2-seeded Maine South 17-0 on March 20 and the host and No. 3-seeded Wildkits 17-3 on May 10.
“We aren’t worrying about who we will play,” Dwyer said. “We are worried about us.”
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Ramblers completed the regular season Wednesday with a 25-19, 25-17 win over Glenbrook South on the road. It was Loyola’s sixth victory in seven matches.
Senior Drake Johnson had eight kills and three blocks. Seniors Nick Howard (2 kills, 3 blocks), Matt Wiertel (2 kills, 3 blocks) and Clark Winkler (2 kills, 2 blocks) all contributed to the win against the Titans. Junior Jack Howard had five kills, sophomore John Hitt had 11 assists and freshman Ryan Merk finished with five digs and one ace. Senior Rees Gray had seven assists.
The No. 6 seed at the Glenbrook South Sectional, Loyola (23-12) starts the state series Monday against No. 27 Waldorf, of Chicago, in the regional quarterfinals at Evanston.
BOYS WATER POLO: Four Ramblers earned all-sectional honors at Glenbrook South. Seniors John Merucci and Tony Spallone both were selected to the first team. Junior Kenny Sanjaj was named to the second team and sophomore Jake Carr to the third team.
Loyola finished the season 26-7, losing in the sectional final Saturday to Evanston 4-2. The Ramblers won their first MCAC title since 2014.
BOYS TENNIS: In their final match of the regular season Tuesday, the Ramblers beat Niles North 7-1 to finish 9-4 in dual meets.
Alan Arocho, Peter Rios and Michael Marchiori all won in singles. Doubles wins came from Andy Paden/Jack Livaditis, Tom Sullivan/Daly Frost, Ryan Reardon/Michael Reardon and Patrick Lawler/John Carpenter.
Loyola competes at the Class 2A Niles North Sectional on Friday and Saturday.
BOYS SOCCER: Junior David Gripman verbally committed to play soccer at DePaul this week, according to Loyola head coach Baer Fisher.
A three-year starter, Gripman, a midfielder, has totaled 26 goals and 19 assists in 55 games while helping the Ramblers to a 40-20-4 record during that time.
“I’ve coached some very good players in my eight years of club and high school, and David is the most talented player I’ve seen,” Fisher said. “He’s explosive on the ball, has great vision and can finish. He’s special.
“He’s a driven kid, so he’s only going to get better.”
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola