Every time senior Maggie Gorman opens her iPad, she’s motivated to make sure this season doesn’t end the same way as last year’s.
Gorman’s home screen is a photo of the scoreboard that shows Loyola’s 8-5 loss to Hinsdale Central in last season’s state semifinals. The defeat snapped the Ramblers’ streak of nine consecutive state championships.
“Nobody has forgotten that feeling, and we all have that burned that it our memory,” she said.
That’s why Wednesday’s 18-13 win at home over the defending state champion Red Devils meant more than an average game in the regular season.
“It was a letdown last year, and we wanted to let people know we are the better team, if we play our own game,” Gorman said.
Down by as many as three in the first half, the Ramblers rallied to tie the game at intermission and never trailed in the second half.
Junior Annabelle Burke scored the last two goals of the first and the first three of the second to give Loyola a 10-7 lead.
After Hinsdale Central cut it to one, 10-9, the Ramblers responded with four goals in a row, three by sophomore Maley Starr, to go ahead 14-9. The Red Devils never got closer than four again.
“We are a second-half team,” Gorman said. “That’s something our coaches emphasize.”
Burke led the offense with five goals. Sophomores Ellie Lazzaretto and Starr followed with four goals apiece, while Gorman totaled two. Senior Brynn Holohan, junior Kelsey Koch and junior Sophia Rucker all scored one goal.
Senior goalie Annie Enrietto stepped up in another big game, finishing with 13 saves.
“She’s had a few games like that for us, where she’s been the difference, especially against a team like this that can score,” Loyola head coach John Dwyer said. “It gives these kids a big lift when they see saves like that.”
With the win, Loyola (17-1) remained undefeated against in-state opponents. The Ramblers find out Thursday where they are seeded at the Resurrection Sectional.