Girls lacrosse: Loyola runs by Glenbrook South in state title game

  • Glenbrook South's Ariana Freimuth shoots and scores during the girls lacrosse state championship game against Loyola Academy in Glenview Friday.

    Glenbrook South's Ariana Freimuth shoots and scores during the girls lacrosse state championship game against Loyola Academy in Glenview Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Belle Tiesi, left, makes a move toward the net against Loyola Academy's Alyssa Kawala during the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday.

    Glenbrook South's Belle Tiesi, left, makes a move toward the net against Loyola Academy's Alyssa Kawala during the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South goalie Kate Kim makes a save during the girls lacrosse state championship game against Loyola Academy in Glenview Friday.

    Glenbrook South goalie Kate Kim makes a save during the girls lacrosse state championship game against Loyola Academy in Glenview Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Loyola Academy's Sloan Trapp has the ball as hse moves upfield during the girls lacrosse state championship game against Glenbrook South in Glenview Friday.

    Loyola Academy's Sloan Trapp has the ball as hse moves upfield during the girls lacrosse state championship game against Glenbrook South in Glenview Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Loyola Academy's Maley Starr, left, celebrates a goal with teammate Ellie Lazzaretto during the girls lacrosse state championship game against Glenbrook South in Glenview Friday.

    Loyola Academy's Maley Starr, left, celebrates a goal with teammate Ellie Lazzaretto during the girls lacrosse state championship game against Glenbrook South in Glenview Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Loyola Academy players pose with their first-place trophy at the conclusion of the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday. The Ramblers defeated Glenbrook South 18-7.

    Loyola Academy players pose with their first-place trophy at the conclusion of the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday. The Ramblers defeated Glenbrook South 18-7. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South players pose with their second-place trophy at the conclusion of the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday. Loyola Academy won 18-7.

    Glenbrook South players pose with their second-place trophy at the conclusion of the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday. Loyola Academy won 18-7. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Loyola Academy players celebrate with their first-place trophy at the conclusion of the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday.

    Loyola Academy players celebrate with their first-place trophy at the conclusion of the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Loyola Academy girls lacrosse players celebrate their state championship after defeating Glenbrook South 18-7 Friday.

    Loyola Academy girls lacrosse players celebrate their state championship after defeating Glenbrook South 18-7 Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Regan Koh, right, forces the ball loose shile making a defensive play against Loyola Academy's Eileen Dooley during the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday.

    Glenbrook South's Regan Koh, right, forces the ball loose shile making a defensive play against Loyola Academy's Eileen Dooley during the girls lacrosse state championship game in Glenview Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By Bill Esbrook
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 6/18/2021 9:51 PM

It took the Loyola girls lacrosse team only 16 seconds to show that it was determined to complete an undefeated season Friday in the state championship game at Glenbrook South against the host Titans. The Ramblers, incredibly, scored 2 goals in the opening 16 seconds of the contest.

First Adrienne Leone got a goal just 8 seconds in, then teammate Maley Starr raced down the field to tally the second goal just 8 seconds later.

 

The Ramblers rode the early wave to win the state title 18-7, but still, it was a tremendous season and great playoff run for the Titans, who claimed the second-place trophy.

"This is an incredible feat for us to have gotten to this point," said Glenbrook South coach Devin Mccue. "We started right out of the gate this season under a two-week quarantine so we were trying to play catch up.

"We had a limited number of practices, but we managed to learn really quickly the things we wanted to learn, and not only learn them but do them well. Then the girls peaked to start the playoffs, which is the right time to peak."

Loyola led 4-0 very early, but the Titans cut the lead in half after goals from Arianna Freimuth and Belle Tiesi.

But the Ramblers then scored a flurry of goals in a hurry and led 13-4 at halftime.

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"Loyola is a tough team," said Mccue. "They've got 12 horses in the race in the starting lineup and 12 more great players on the sidelines."

The Titans were able to close the gap slightly in the second half behind scores from Tiesi and Meg Bireley, but behind 7 goals from Ellie Lazaretto, Loyola (25-0) ran away with the win.

Starr scored 3 goals for Loyola, while Sarah John also had a goal for the Titans.

And according to Bireley, a senior, Glenbrook South was focused on winning a title but realized that the runner-up trophy is a tremendous achievement as well.

"This is huge, I couldn't ask for a better way to end my senior year," said Bireley. "I'm so happy to do it on our home turf, that made it really special, and I'm just so proud of this team to make it this far.

"It's our best finish in program history," she added. "Going into the playoffs, it was just a whole new mentality, win and move on, lose and go home. We knew what was on the line and we knew we could make it here (to the championship game). We just kept on pushing hard, and it happened because we played well at the right time."

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