GIRLS LACROSSE: Junior Sophia Rucker scored a game-best four goals Monday as the Ramblers started the state tournament with a 19-0 win over Regina Dominican in the quarterfinals of the Resurrection Sectional. Top-seeded Loyola (24-1) plays Evanston on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to the sectional final Friday. 

“One down, five more to go,” said Loyola head coach John Dwyer, whose team has won 17 games in a row. 

Senior Maggie Gorman, junior Annabelle Burke and freshman Maeve Dwyer all had three goals. Sophomore Sloan Trapp scored two goals. Senior Emily Doell (pictured above), senior Brynn Holohan, junior Elle Joubert and sophomore Ellie Lazzaretto each finished with one goal apiece. 

BOYS LACROSSE: Senior Mike Feuer scored the first three goals of the game Monday to jumpstart the defending state champion Ramblers to a 19-1 win over Latin in the quarterfinals of the Loyola Sectional at Oak Park-River Forest. 

Senior Nolan Chow (3 goals, 1 assist) and junior Kaden Keller (2 goals, 2 assists) both had a game-high four points. Feuer finished with three goals, while freshman Connor Ditomasso scored two goals to go with one assist. 

Winners of seven in a row, No. 1-seeded Loyola (14-6) plays Maine South on Wednesday in the sectional semifinals at its Munz Campus in Glenview. The sectional final is Friday at Hoerster Field on at Loyola’s main campus in Wilmette. 

BASEBALL: In his first career varsity start, senior right-hander and captain Tommy Dowdle had one of the team’s best outings of the season in Monday’s 1-0 loss to Palatine at home. 

Dowdle pitched a complete game, surrendering seven singles and one walk while striking out two. 

Despite managing two hits — both singles — the Ramblers had runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but they couldn’t complete the rally in the final game of the regular season. 

The Ramblers (13-15) open the Class 4A state tournament Wednesday in the semifinals of Niles North’s regional. They are the No. 4 seed at their own sectional.

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