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Author: Matt Harness

FOOTBALL: Former Ramblers Jimmy Murray, Peter Pujals Await NFL Future

Loyola football fans have reason to pay close attention to this year’s NFL Draft, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Both Jimmy Murray and Peter Pujals — members of the Class of 2013 — are considered professional prospects after completing standout careers at Holy Cross. Each is expected to be selected in either the late rounds or sign as undrafted free agents, according to people who cover the NFL. Murray is a 6-foot-5, 304-pound offensive lineman who can play center, guard and tackle. Pujals (pictured above) is a 6-1, 213-pound quarterback. They served as...

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BOYS LACROSSE: Ramblers Ready for Another Run at State Title with Rebuilt Defense

Reluctance was the word Loyola senior Quinn Cashion used to describe his initial attitude about switching positions this year. He eventually warmed up to the move to long stick middie after two seasons as a close defenseman and is part of a re-tooled defense that has helped earn the Ramblers (10-1) nationwide recognition in the form of a No. 20-ranking by MaxPreps on April 17. Loyola’s lone loss was a 9-6 defeat to West Genesee (Camilius, New York) on Saturday. “I wasn’t buying into it all,” he said. “I kept wanting to go back. But I started to understand...

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BASEBALL: Junior Jake Novak Hits, Pitches Ramblers to Win Over Brother Rice

In his first varsity season, Loyola junior Jake Novak is playing like a veteran, and it showed Monday in the team’s 5-3 win over Brother Rice at home. With the Ramblers holding a two-run lead after six innings, the left-handed Novak retired the top of the lineup in order on 11 pitches. He didn’t allow a baserunner in two scoreless innings of relief. Batting third in the order, Novak went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. “All I think to myself is stay locked in,” Novak said. “I try not to let any moment be too big.” Before the season started, Loyola head coach Nick Bridich said Novak was a player to watch. He’s lived up to the hype. Novak’s hitting .275 with an on-base percentage of .431 and leads the team with 12 RBIs. In five appearances and 9 1/3 innings of relief, his ERA is 0.00 and opponents are batting .125. More impressively, Novak is hitting .375 with seven RBIs and thrown 7 1/3 innings in six Catholic Blue games. “He’s a very talented kid,” Bridich said. “His personality is built for baseball. He’s never too high or too low. Even though it looks like he’s asleep out there, he’s very competitive.” After losing to Brother Rice 13-12 on a walk-off home run Saturday, the Ramblers (10-4-1, 3-3) got ahead and stayed there Monday. They built a 5-0 lead...

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Five Minutes with Claire Caffery

On Wednesday, Loyola travels to Northfield to play New Trier in a game that features two of the best teams in the state and arguably the Midwest. It’s extra special for Loyola senior attack Claire Caffery, whose brother and sister both played lacrosse and won state titles at New Trier. In her first varsity season a year ago, Claire helped the Ramblers beat the Trevians 15-9 in the state final. It was Loyola’s ninth consecutive state championship. Ali was on the 2008 New Trier that beat the Ramblers in the state final. A Winnetka resident, Claire graduated from Faith, Hope and Charity. MAROON & GOLD: You come from a New Trier family. How did you end up at Loyola? CLAIRE CAFFERY: It’s funny. When I was in sixth grade or so, I was such a New Trier fan. But I had always done Loyola’s summer lacrosse camps, and I also really wanted to continue my Catholic education. M&G: Loyola’s overall mission, which is men and women for others, is important to you. How do you serve your community? CC: One of the reasons I didn’t play field hockey as a senior was to do more service work. I’ve been working at Well of Mercy in Chicago for about three years. It’s a home for single moms who need a place to live. I go there and talk to them,...

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Spring Things

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: The Ramblers finished first at Glenbrook South on Friday in their first outdoor invitational of the season. “Little surprised,” Loyola head coach ChrisJon Simon said. “It’s been a crazy spring [because of the weather].” Nicole Cleland, Louisa Edwards, Payton Hoag and Sarah Jay combined to win the 4×800-meter relay in 10 minutes, 12.51 seconds. Addison Bendery, Brooke Moran, Ann Santangelo and Jackie Topping teamed up to the finish first in the 4×200 relay in 1:46.58. The Ramblers punctuated the meet with a victory in the 4×400 — comprised of Topping, Moran, Santangelo and Bendery — in 4:14.6. Topping won the 400 (1:03.68), while Bendery took top honors in the 200 (26.22). Bendery was second in the long jump (16 feet, 4 inches). “Addison has taken it to another level,” Simon said. “She’s running at such a high level. We haven’t had a sprinter like her in some time.” Edwards placed second in the 1,600 (5:30.99). Santangelo took third int he 100 (13.30), while Emma Uremovic was third in the 800 (2:36.50). In the field, Kate Santangelo finished third in pole vault (9-0). BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Like the Loyola girls team, the Ramblers were competing in their first invitational outside Friday. The highlights included wins in both the 4×400-meter relay and 4×800-meter relay. Marc Daly, Aidan Sullivan, Eli Miller and Conner Moony clocked a time...

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