Knop leads Lake Forest past Loyola
Lake Forest's Lindsay Projansky makes the kick save during their state semi-final against Loyola at The Edge Ice Arena March 19, 2013. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 30, 2013 1:54AM
BENSENVILLE — Lake Forest will seek its second girls hockey state championship in three seasons on Sunday afternoon after rallying to beat Loyola 3-2 in overtime Tuesday.
At the forefront of Lake Forest’s comeback was assistant captain Caroline Knop, a junior. Knop scored the game-tying goal with 1:52 remaining in the third period. Then, after Lake Forest survived a Loyola shot that hit the post, Knop scored the game-winner on a wrist shot with 8:13 remaining in the extra session.
Loyola junior Erin O’Connor began Tuesday night’s game with goals in the first and second periods, providing the Ramblers with what appeared to be a commanding two-goal advantage. But it was in the moments after falling behind by two goals when Lake Forest coach Elizabeth Zorn saw the Scouts regain their form.
“Once they realized what kind of dire situation they were in, they started to settle into the usual team they are and picked it up, for sure,” Zorn said. “And our veterans kind of led the way with that, being (vocal) leaders and then just leading by example.”
Although Lake Forest will be playing in its fourth-straight state final at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the United Center, the young Ramblers can take comfort in the fact that they were just inches away from playing Fenwick in the Blackhawk Cup final.
Senior goalie Clare Kennedy “gave us every chance to win the game that she could and I felt like our players did everything they could,” Loyola coach Conor Sedam said. “We hit the post two minutes before they hit the post. We hit the post and miss, and they hit the post and scored. That’s the kind of game it was. It was a fun game to watch.”
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on March 28 to read more about the Lake Forest and Loyola girls hockey teams.