The Loyola Academy Ramblers earned the highest national ranking of any Illinois lacrosse team to date in the US Lacrosse National rankings, taking No. 15 in the 2017 season rankings. The prior rankings never had any Illinois team higher than the low twenties. Coupled with this honor was Brennan Dwyer being named for the second consecutive year, the Epoch/USLacrosse Midwest Player of the Year. Loyola was also ranked No. 4 by MaxPreps and No. 14 by Toplaxrecruits/Summit National Rankings, as well as the No. 1 team in the Midwest by US Lacrosse..
The Ramblers won their ninth consecutive IHSWLA girls lacrosse title, downing New Trier 15-9 behind Dwyer`s 7 goals as well as on the strength of nine Division 1 recruits: Grace Clarke (Butler), Brennan Dwyer (Northwestern), Mary Dooley (Marquette), Katie Enrietto (Notre Dame), Colleen Huffman (Yale), Madison Kane (Marquette), Delaney Oliveira (American), Brennan O'Malley (Villanova) and Caroline Witkowski (Michigan). Nine such recruits is a highwater mark for the Ramblers and these seniors have helped Loyola compile a 99-15 record over their tenure on the team, with only once losing in Illinois, on April 30, 2014 to New Trier, 7-8. In next year`s 2018 NCAA season, at least Dwyer, Dooley, Enrietto , Kane and Witkowski will have the opportunity to play against each other as their teams lock horns.
Coach John Dwyer noted: " We were honored this year by the leadership and teamwork of our our outstanding Senior class. They had a very challenging schedule put in front of them and they met every challenge with confidence and a sense of togetherness. That resolve was only strengthened when Mary Dooley and Katie Enrietto sustained season-ending injuries on consecutive days. Not only did our nine recruits contribute, but Julia Neumeyer and Serena Walker, contributed heavily to our success."
In its nine championships seasons, Loyola`s overall record is 189-33, an outstanding 85% win percentage. As for its Illinois record, suffice it to say the Ramblers have lost only twice, to New Trier in 2014 and Lake Forest in 2009.
Next season see the Ramblers enter the IHSA record books as the sport of girls lacrosse becomes an officially sanctioned sport.