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There might be no state championship in Illinois high school sports with a more fierce rivalry than Loyola and New Trier share in boys lacrosse.
According to IHSLA.org, at least one of the two teams has appeared in 23 of the last 25 state championship games, with each program winning nine times. The two teams renew acquaintances at New Trier’s Northfield Campus Saturday at 2 p.m. in the state championship game. That game will be preceded at 11 a.m. by the Lacrosse Cup between the top two B-Class teams, Lake Zurich and Naperville Central.
Both games will be broadcast by CN100. The replay of the state championship game can be seen at 4 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday. The Lacrosse Cup will air at noon Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4.
New Trier (15-0) beat defending state champion Loyola (15-1) 6-4 earlier this season. The Ramblers’ title last year ended a seven-year string of New Trier state championships.
The Trevians are led by their defense and first-team all-stater Dylan Curry, a Monmouth University recruit, and goalie Phil Rooney, a second-team all-state selection. Attacker Rory McGinnis and midfielder Matt Solberg joined Curry and Rooney on the Central Suburban first-team all-conference list. Defender Chad Casas, attacker Mike Thomas and midfielders Mike Germano, Jack Hill and Tyler Schmarak also star for New Trier.
Loyola is paced by first-team all-state defender Michael Schiappa (committed to Bucknell) and midfielder Charlie Schatz (committed to Massachusetts). Junior attackers Brian Callahan and Jack Penn both earned second-team all-state nods. The Ramblers were also well-represented on the Chicago Catholic all-conference team. Defender Ryan Seymour and midfielder Sean Dolan joined the four all-state players on the first team. Conor Adler, Patrick McGuire and Will Nowesnick also star for the Ramblers.
In the Lacrosse Cup, both Lake Zurich (14-5) and Naperville Central (18-2) are making their first-ever trip to the B-Class title game.
Naperville Central has been the top-ranked B-Class team all season and survived a one-goal decision against Deerfield Thursday to advance to the Lacrosse Cup. A bevy of first-team all-DuPage Valley Conference performers paced the Redhawks this season. Attackers Jake Johnson and Scott LaPoe, defenders Duncan Lanzirotti and Jake Moran, midfielders Ryan Coakley and Ryan Porter and goalie Jake Cruse lead a balanced attack. Defender Pat Harris and midfielder Jimmy Schelli are also key contributors.
Lake Zurich features one of the state’s top players, second-team all-state defender Grant Soucy, who is committed to play at Hobart College next year. Attacker Ross Williams is the team’s leading goal scorer with 49 goals and midfielder Jack Boliaux is also one of the team’s top stars.
- Paul Johnson, CN100 Correspondent
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