Loyola vs New Trier; Geneva vs Carmel Catholic
For the 14th time, Illinois’ two most decorated boys lacrosse programs, Loyola and New Trier, will face off for the state championship.
The Trevians are 7-6 all-time in state title games against the Ramblers. New Trier, the two-time defending state champions, has passed Loyola for the most championships in state history, 11 to 10, respectively. The two storied programs will meet again in the state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at Montini. The Lacrosse Cup, featuring Carmel and Geneva, the top two teams in the B division, will play at 10 a.m. Both games will be broadcast by CN100, The Comcast Network, on Sunday at Noon and 4 p.m. Visit cn100.tv for air dates and times. See the games anytime in HD with Xfinity On Demand.
New Trier (14-2) handed Loyola its only loss of the season on May 12 in a 7-6 double overtime thriller. The Trevians are led by first-team all-state pick Danny McDermed, a senior defender. In addition to McDermed, they have five first-team Central Suburban all-conference picks, led by senior midfielder Tyler Seminetta, the CSL Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to that pair, Colin Casas (senior midfielder), Peter Jacus (junior goalie), Collin Kroll (junior attacker) and Ryan McCudden (senior defender) were named to the first team. On the second team, New Trier placed Nelson Gaechter (junior attacker); Sam Selati (senior midfielder) and Zack Struckman (senior midfielder) were honored.
Loyola (15-1) features some serious firepower as the Ramblers look to get back atop the medal stand for the first time since 2013. They finished second in 2014, the 11th time Loyola was the state runner-up. The Ramblers have four all-state picks, three of which were named to the first team. Senior attacker Patrick Flanagan was one of the state’s top players last year, and he repeated the feat this year. Junior defender Kevin Koch and sophomore midfielder Luca Lazzaretto were also first-team selections. Senior goalie Kevin Corbett reached the second team.
In addition to those four players, four other players were named to the Chicago Catholic all-conference team; Will Chestnut (senior defender), Ben Gorman (senior attacker), Billy Jardeleza (junior face off specialist) and Tommy Schmitz (junior midfielder).
Getting things started on Saturday will be Carmel and Geneva, two programs making their first appearances in the Lacrosse Cup.
Top-seeded Geneva (17-3) rides into the game on an 11-game win streak, led by first-team all-Upstate Eight picks Ryan Deane (senior goalie, 142 saves), Quinn Erdmann (junior midfielder, 68 points), Joel Hardy (senior attacker, 39 points), Max Lemen (senior defender) and Marcus Vanata (senior attacker, 57 points). The Vikings also feature second team honorees Griffin Bellano (senior attacker, 45 points) and Jacob Wenokur (senior defender). Reinier Descoteaux (senior defender), Matthew Peruba (senior midfielder) and William Walker (junior midfielder) earned honorable mention status.
Carmel (17-3) is hot as well, coming in winners of nine straight. One of the state’s most dangerous scorers, senior midfielder Emmett Graham, leads the way with 52 goals and 19 assists. Junior attacker Jake Shenderovsky and senior goalie Ryan Voth joined Graham on the North Suburban all-conference team.
- Paul Johnson, CN100 Correspondent
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