New Trier Takes Down Loyola 9-2 to Garner Seven Straight Illinois Lacrosse Titles

New Trier Takes Down Loyola 9-2 to Garner Seven Straight Illinois Lacrosse Titles

New Trier Takes Down Loyola 9-2 to Garner Seven Straight Illinois Lacrosse Titles

New Trier Takes Down Loyola 9-2 to Garner Seven Straight Illinois Lacrosse Titles




This year was to be the year of the Ramblers. Loyola had lost only two games during the regular season, both in overtime, one to Midwest perennial powerhouse Brother Rice of Birmingham, Michigan and the other to the up and coming local St. Viator program. Loyola had also beaten New Trier in the season and then obtained revenge on St. Viator by crushing them 12-1 in the IHSLA semi-final match. For the first time in seven years, Loyola was ranked as the No. 1 seed in the tournament. For intents and purposes, the Ramblers were expected by all, save Trevians to win the 2011 ISHLA Illinois championship. Notwithstanding the fact that New Trier had won 6 state lacrosse championships in a row, the oddsmakers were favoring the Ramblers based upon their season performance.


These two giants battled classically in the first quarter, with lengthy possessions for each team and with their defenses excelling at keeping their opponents out on the perimeter. No penetrations were made that gave anyone good looks, or open lanes, and consequently the score was 0-0 at quarter end. New Trier put themselves on the scoreboard with a tally at the 10:41 mark of the second quarter and Loyola answered with a goal by Luke Cowan at 9:53. At this point, it looked as if history would repeat itself and the game would be a one goal game, as had many of these battles in the past. It was indeed a one goal game (at least for Loyola) until late (3:19) in the fourth quarter when Cowan scored again for the Ramblers to net them their second goal, ending a nearly 43 minute scoring drought. New Trier won the faceoff and the teams traded two possessions each before Pat Callahan found the net at 2:55 to put New Trier up 2-1. Chad Sawyer won the next faceoff and tore down the left side to the line where he met Loyola defender Dylan Harris, and used a reverse roll to come off his left shoulder, right and straight into the hole where he placed off the right hip of Rambler goalie Kevin Steger at 2:11. 3-1. New Trier won the face again and penetrated but were turned back with a save by Steger. Loyola bobbled the clear giving New Trier the ball outside the New Trier line and the Trevians charged back with Sawyer getting his second goal at 0:44 to make it 4-1 at intermission.


New Trier’s man defense worked well Saturday keeping Loyola off to the side or way up out of the box. Passes into box were met with quick checks and the Trevian defense quickly pinned the arms of the Rambler attackers, who persisted in driving instead of popping out. Some drives should have resulted in holding calls, but did not and Loyola kept losing the ball. Loyola just could not develop any consistent plan of attack and more importantly couldn’t finish when they had the ball as the Trevian defense held the Ramblers scoreless for a span of 43 minutes, a feat no one in attendance expected. The Ramblers began telegraphing their shots from up above and that time gave Trevian goalie Jack Connelly all the time he needed to complete 12 saves.


New Trier walked away with its seventh consecutive Illinois title.

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    by (#233818) on 6/06/11 @10:13PM
every years its always new trier and loyola in the final i would like to see st charles, lyons township or maybe even st viator win it for a change but any way congrats to both teams
 
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    by (#196296) on 6/08/11 @10:09AM
I would like to see this garbage never shown again
 
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So ohio lax is better?
    by (#299173) on 4/09/12 @5:59PM
The 2011 New Trier team would kill any Ohio team
 
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