In Tuesday’s season opener on the road, Loyola found itself in an early hole to York.
It was the best thing that could have happened to the team, according to head coach John Dwyer. Down one, the Ramblers ripped off 11 consecutive goals to end the half on their way to a 20-4 win.
“We’re always happy to play a quality opponent, and York came out looking good,” Dwyer said. “I was getting a little antsy on the sidelines. As the game went on, we settled down and played our game. York is going to be one of the top teams in the state by the end of the year. It was a good win for us.”
Junior Annabelle Burke and sophomores Ellie Lazzaretto and Maley Starr headlined the offense. Starr totaled three goals and four assists, while Burke contributed three goals, three assists and seven draw controls. Lazzaretto scored a game-best six goals.
“Ellie’s ability to finish around the net is impressive,” Dwyer said.
The defense — led by seniors Anna Gordon, Lauryn Repp, Lizzie Walker and junior Audrey Brett — shut down the Dukes after the opening minutes of the game. All four are returning starters. Repp (pictured above) was selected to the all-state first team as a junior.
“It’s a solid core we have back there, and I thought they played great,” Dwyer said.
Sophomore Caroline Smith recorded the win in goal. Senior Annie Enrietto, the presumptive starter, is out with an illness.
The Ramblers returned a majority of their starters from last season’s team that took third place in the state and finished 21-4. Other key players with experience on the roster are senior Emily Doell, senior Maggie Gorman, senior Brynn Holohan, junior Kelsey Koch and junior Sophia Rucker, an all-state first team selection.
Doell, Holohan, Repp and Walker are captains.
One notable newcomer is freshman Maeve Dwyer, the granddaughter of John Dwyer. She scored one goal and had one assist in the opener.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola