Loyola cruises past Evanston
Loyola easily defeated Evanston in a girls water polo match at Evanston Township High School's Burton Aquatic Center, Friday, March 22, 2013. Loyola teammates rush to track down the ball to start the second quarter. | J.Geil ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 30, 2013 2:07AM
EVANSTON — Loyola coach Rich Schici said he wanted his girls water polo team to start aggressively during its game against Evanston. His players responded, scoring twice in the first two minutes en route to a 16-4 win Friday.
“We took our lumps last year,” Schici said, “but this year we have more upperclassmen and experience and it’s showing.”
Led by junior Marta Considine’s seven goals, the Ramblers held leads of 5-1, 9-2 and 15-2 after each of the first three periods.
“Loyola has several extremely talented players,” Evanston coach Andy Miner said. “They make you make a mistake and make you pay then. It was a good learning experience for us.”
Evanston is on spring break and, as a result, was down a few players, but Miner wasn’t using that as an excuse.
“We had some spring break scheduling issues,” he said, “but we still should have been competitive tonight.”
The game got away early from the Wildkits as Loyola got a 6-on-5 goal from senior Allison Sajnaj at the 5:34 mark in the first to open up the scoring. Considine and senior Evan Swenson each added two goals in the period. Swenson finished the game with four goals, all in the first half.
Loyola had seven players score, but it was Considine who shouldered the scoring load. Three of her goals came on fast breaks with Considine on the receiving end of a long pass from senior goalie Meredith O’Brien.
“We like to take advantage of those opportunities,” Considine said of the fast breaks.
“Our goalie is also there to start the offense,” Schici said. “We practice those full-length passes every day.”
Evanston was led by senior Yasi Nassiri with three goals, including a shot from the middle of the pool that beat the buzzer before halftime.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper Thursday to read more about the Loyola and Evanston girls water polo teams.