New Trier jumped out to a 4-0 lead and was in control most the game, but after leading 11-5, Loyola scored six unanswered goals to tie the game with 1:48 left. The Ramblers won the draw, but Kate Burnham made her seventh gave of the game on a fast break, and the Trevs came down on offense and junior Claudia Shevitz drove and ripped a shot to give the Trevians the lead with :41 seconds on the clock. Charley Meier won the biggest draw of the game and Lucy Murray put one in to finish the scoring and give New Trier a sectional championship with a 13-11 win.
The Trevians flipped the script from their first meeting with Loyola. In the regular season, New Trier turned the ball over 17 times, won only two draws and only took 12 shots. On Friday night, the Trevs won 13 of 25 draws, took 26 shots and only had seven turnovers.
New Trier came out strong, winning six of the first seven draws and dominated time of possession. The Trevians had the ball for over seven minutes, compared to 40 seconds for the Ramblers before Loyola was able to get their first scoring possession. After Shevitz had a free position shot saved by Annie Enrietto, Izzi King and Shevitz forced a double team on the ride and King checked the ball out to get the ball back for the Trevs and Olivia Zaban had a great drive for a left handed shot to open up the scoring at 22:28. Loyola had a false start on the next draw and on the Trevs next possession, Murray dodged two Ramblers and placed a low bounce shot in the corner to make it 2-0. Loyola won the ensuing draw, but Meier jumped a pass for a beautiful interception and Shevitz draw a shooting space penalty and then scored on a free position shot after running in and then doing a jump cut to her right to dodge a defender and the Trevs led 3-0. Meier won the next draw and the offense set up a 2v2 and when Loyola sent a double, Shevitz made a quick pass to Zaban, who passed to King, who hit a wide open Annie Thompson in front of the goal, who turned and scored extending the lead to 4-0 at 18:10.
Loyola false started again on the next draw but Audrey Brett knocked down a feed from King to Meier to get the Ramblers the ball and Loyola scored on a free position shot by Ellie Lazzaretto. After another save by Enrietto, Loyola capitalized and Lazzaretto fed to a wide open Maeve Dwyer cutting to the goal on a slow break. On the next possession, after winning the draw and racing down, Annabelle Burke fed to Lazzaretto in front of the cage for a goal to make it 4-3 with 12:19 left in the first half.
The Ramblers won the draw and were looking to tie the game, but Anna Resnick checked the ball away and Shevitz grabbed the ground ball to get the Trevs possession. The defense continued to step up after Emma Merk had a free position shot saved and picked up by Loyola, as the Ramblers took a shot and Macy Zaban raced to the end line to get possession. The Trevs quickly pushed the ball and Thompson passed to Merk, who made a nice fake and score on the Trevs only fast break goal of the game to get the momentum back and make it 5-3 at 8:47. Thompson would feed to Macy Zaban for another goal at 6:45. Loyola's Sophia Rucker scored to make it 6-4 with 4:34 left on a free position shot. New Trier finished up the scoring after Rylin Douthit and Resnick doubled and forced a turnover and Meier then dodged and scored with a left handed rip with :34 seconds left in half.
In the second half, the Trevs came out strong again, as Amanda Nicholas stepped up on the draw circle with Katie Busch and Ella Huber. The offense spread out and controlled the tempo and drew out the Loyola defenders and Shevitz and King took advantage of the space to goal, each getting scores on high dodges to goal to make it 9-4 at 19:46. Burke fed to Lazzaretto to make it 9-5, but New Trier answered back, as Burnham made two saves and Thompson fed to Murray twice to make it 11-5.
That's when the Ramblers started to mount a comeback, taking advantage of a yellow card and Maggie Gorman took over, drawing four shooting space calls and scoring on all free position shots, the last after causing a turnover, to make it 11-9 with 15:19 left. Gorman then scored on a sweep play to make it 11-10 with 4:14 on the clock.
Loyola won the next draw and looked to tie the game when Burke lined up for a free position shot, but after scoring, Burke followed through and hit Meier in the head for her second yellow card, which took her out of the rest of the game to took the goal off the board at 3:37. The Trevs won the next draw and looked to run out the clock, but a missed pass gave the Ramblers the ball and Maley Starr raced down to score to tie the game.
The defense caused 12 turnovers, three by Douthit and Meier and two by Resnick. Meier led New Trier with four ground balls. Nicholas had five draw controls, Meier and Busch three each. The Trevs had a very balance attack, with seven different players scoring the first seven goals of the first half. Eight players scored in total. Murray had four goals, Thompson four assists and a goal. Shevitz had three, including the game winner.
It was the first time New Trier had defeated Loyola since 2014.