Loyola lost to New Trier in the regular season last season before capturing the state championship.
After junior Kaden Keller’s goal in overtime sent the Ramblers to a 7-6 win over the Trevians on the road Tuesday, Loyola head coach Rob Snyder reminded his team there’s more to accomplish.
“This game doesn’t mean anything, really,” he said. “We wanted to win, of course, but if they won, we still have games to play. We have to keep plugging away.”
Loyola senior Nolan Chow, who scored the game-tying goal in regulation, said Snyder’s message was received and acknowledged.
“We need to realize this was not our best game by any stretch, and that we have to work hard every single practice the rest of the season to reach our ultimate goal of winning another state title,” he said.
Down two goals in the fourth quarter, senior Mike Feuer got the Ramblers within one, 6-5, before Chow scored the equalizer with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
“We have a pretty tough team, and we kept fighting,” Chow said. “It was awesome.”
Chow, Keller and senior Timothy Hackett all finished with two goals. As he was in Loyola’s 7-2 win over New Trier in last year’s state final, senior Dom Urukalo was superlative in goal.
“He was the best player on the field,” Snyder said. “Him and Timmy [Hackett]. Both were ridiculous out there.”
Loyola’s sixth win in a row puts the Ramblers (8-3) in prime position to earn the No. 1 seed at their own sectional, which includes New Trier (6-4). Loyola has not lost to a team from Illinois.
The Ramblers travel to Long Island, New York, next week to play three games.