Semifinal #1: St Ignatius 10 Loyola 9
LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - Mark Alvarado scored with
seven seconds remaining in regulation to lift St Ignatius to a 10-9 victory over
Loyola on Saturday afternoon in the state semifinal round. The Wolfpack
advance to the title game with the win.
Neither team could lead by more than two
goals in the game, while the halftime score of 5-5 showed just how close
the two teams were. Brayden Amendola scored two straight goals in
the second half to put the Wolfpack in front 8-6, so it looked as if
Ignatius would march to the title game. But in a frantic final period,
Loyola's Jordan Hodur scored on a shot from outside seven-meters and
William LeCompte slammed home a rebound goal after a wild exchange in
front of the Ignatius net to tie the game at 8-8 with just over two
Alvarado scored quickly on the Wolfpack's
next possession to give head coach Brian Drumm's squad a one-goal lead,
but Dowdle's goal from outside of nine-meters went in just six seconds
later and the teams were tied at 9-9 heading into the final two minutes
That setup an epic finish, with Loyola
goalie Robbie O'Connor making a key save before Alvarado was ejected as
the teams entered the final minute of play. The Ramblers could not score
on their end, as Dowdle fired a shot from five-meters that went over the
crossbar and St Ignatius called a timeout. The Ramblers made a stop, but
the Wolfpack returned the favor on the other end and called their final
timeout with 0:14 left to setup a final play.
That is when Alvarado stepped up, creating
space on the right side before firing a shot that skipped into the right
side of the cage with 0:07 remaining to give St Ignatius a 10-9 lead.
Brendan Hulseman tried a last-second shot from outside of seven-meters,
but it was tipped away and the Wolfpack advanced to the title game with
the narrow victory.
Alvarado totaled 7 scores to lead the
Wolfpack, while Amendola scored 2 times and Tom Maloney recorded one
score. Mike Fratto also registered 8 saves in the Ignatius' victory.
Dowdle led the Ramblers with 3 goals, Hodur
put in 2 scores, and Hulseman, Erik Goosman, Tyler Saint Germain, and
William LeCompte each scored once in the loss. Robbie O'Connor stopped
11 shots in the losing cause for Loyola.