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The Story of the Week
The story of the week in the Midwest is that everyone is playing and most importantly interstate play has begun. Each state in the Midwest is top heavy. Some more than others, but top-heavy none-the-less.
This week Loyola Academy (Ill.) and Culver Academy Prep (Ind.) visited Maryland to take on some of the toughest teams in the country. The Ramblers went 0-3 after players on the team were struck by the flu. Six players were missing from the team with either the flu or several being part of Loyola’s hockey team that was in the state playoffs. The Ramblers were a tough out with a two-goal loss to defending IAC champion Bullis (Md.) and a three-goal loss to Georgetown Prep (Md.). Loyola had a lead over Prep heading into the fourth quarter.
Culver Academy defeated Boys’ Latin (Md.) of the MIAA A Conference 10-3.
Shaker Heights (Ohio) and St. Ignatius (Ohio) journeyed to the Detroit area to take on powerhouses, Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) and Brother Rice (Mich.) respectively. Michigan got the better of Ohio in the meetings with both DCC and Brother Rice winning by at least 10 goals.
Carmel (Ind.) traveled to the Grand Rapids area of Michigan to compete against Rockford (Mich.) and Forest Hills Central (Mich.). The Greyhounds went 1-1 with a win over Rockford and a loss to Forest Hills Central.
Trinity (Ky.) made the trip to Cincinnati to take on Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) and came away with the Surprise of the Week.
Surprise Result of the Week
Archbishop Moeller losing to Trinity 10-9 in its home opener should open some eyes.
Trinity is a Kentucky powerhouse, but from preseason reports they were not expected to be as strong this year. On the flip side, Archbishop Moeller is a favorite to win it all.
None of this matters in March as madness reigns. Overall, this win or loss will not mean much for each of these teams as they make runs to their respective state championship games.
Team of the Week
Loyola Academy earned it this week. There are not many teams from the Midwest that take a road trip into the belly of the beast of lacrosse - Baltimore, Md.
The three teams they played Bullis, Georgetown Prep, and Calvert Hall were all preseason Top 15 teams. It takes guts to hop on the plane knowing you may get thumped.
Coach Rob Snyder knows his goal every year is to play the best to get his team prepared to bring home an Illinois State championship. Going out there seems to work as they are the defending state champions. It's fortunate that he has an athletic department that understands the importance of lacrosse and allows their team to travel.
The Brother Rice Warriors win over St. Ignatius of Cleveland 18-8 was impressive. These are two of the Top 10 teams in the midwest, and both are state runner ups from last year.
Brother Rice’s streak of 14-straight state championships was snapped last year so they could be playing with a big chip on their shoulder this season.
But still, St. Ignatius is no slouch, and they are usually the one on the winning side of that kind of score. It looks like the Warriors are ready to go.
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