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Over 50 Rambler Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Compete in College

Throughout the 2021–2022 school year, over 50 Rambler student-athletes signed a letter of intent to play their sport at the collegiate level. Athletes celebrated their accomplishments with their teammates, coaches and families during signing ceremonies that took place at Loyola in November, December, February and May.
We congratulate the following student-athletes and their parents!

Baseball


Max Oliveira, New York University
Coach Josh Howard states, "Max is one of the leaders of this team. He comes to play every day with a great energy and focus that puts this team in a position to win. He has developed tremendously during the 3 years I have had the privilege to coach him. I am incredibly proud of Max and congratulate him on his commitment to NYU! NYU is getting not only a great ballplayer but a great young man who will do great things there! Congratulations Max!"


Basketball

Connor Casper, St Francis
Coach Tom Livatino: "Connor was a senior Captain, Intangible Player of the Year, All Conference Selection, and had a very productive senior year. Connor was one of the most dominant rebounders in the area. He compiled 220 points and 158 rebounds this past season, while also being a tremendous passer and defender. He leaves Loyola having taken the 2nd most charges in a season ALL TIME and a legacy of making winning plays for his teammates. He is destined for excellence at the next level because of his strong work ethic. Good luck at St. Francis!!"

John Daguinsin, Marian University
Coach Livatino states, "John Daguinsin leaves Loyola as the ALL TIME 3 Pt FG % Leader at 43.9%. That in itself is an amazing accomplishment. When Dags was in the lineup, he always gave us a chance to play our best. Most importantly, we will miss his authentic personality, infectious smile, real leadership and love for his teammates. Good Luck at Marian!!"

Angelina Giordano, Emmanuel College
Coach Jeremy Schoenecker states, "Ang has been a 2 year varsity team member. One word that describes Ang is PASSIONATE. She is an athlete who will eat, sleep and breathe the game of basketball, therefore has paved her personal path for success. Ang's work ethic is second to none. She will work, repeat, and work harder to achieve her goals. She has shown grit, power, focus and most importantly optimism. Ang always believes we will prevail. Over her 2 year varsity career the Ramblers were a combined 50-6. Not many Ramblers have had a more successful career. She has supported her teammates along the journey which is what made Ang's journey so special."

Shane Tarjan, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Coach Livatino states, “Shane Tarjan, senior captain and defensive player of the year, was a relentless competitor and amazing teammate. He always gave our team a chance to win with his tremendous ability to shut our opponent’s best player down. He was an elite defensive player and one of the best in the Catholic League. His best basketball is clearly ahead of him, but the effort he played with will serve as a great example to all of our future players! Good Luck at UW Stevens Point!!”


Crew

Nicolette Giamarusti, Fordham University
Coach Mike Kelley '94: "Rusty has been a fantastic leader on our team for years. Through hard work and dedication, she has made multiple First Varsity boats throughout her rowing career here at the Academy. This year in particular, she has gone out of her way to help the novices learn about the sport and feel like they are included as part of Loyola Crew. I am very proud that Rusty has earned both academic and athletic scholarships to Fordham University and will be rowing next year at that fine school. As I told her future coach, Fordham is lucky to have Nicolette, and she is sure to be a great addition to the Rams team!"

Chris Zelinski, Loyola Marymount
Coach Martin: "Through Chris' hard work, competitive drive, and personal growth he has developed into one of the finest coxswains in the Midwest region. Loyola Marymount is truly lucky to have a person of his caliber leading their team for the next four years."


Football

Danny Collins, DePauw University
"Danny is the prototype grinder. He will do anything asked of him. Whether it was playing all 3 different wide receiver positions, or blocking a defensive lineman when he aligned as an undersized tight end, he took pride in his efforts and competed at top level. He was an ultimate competitor on the field, but also the team's most dependable wide receiver. Danny led the team with 54 catches for 619 yards, scoring 6 touchdowns. We will definitely miss Danny's versatility and competitiveness." Coach John Holecek

Eddie Dreher, Denison University
Coach John Holecek states: "Eddie has transformed himself into a very consistent long snapper due to his dedication and persistence. Our 100% FG conversion rate this year was in no small part because of him. His accuracy and speed transfers immediately to the next level where he should immediately push for a starting job at Denison."

James Kreutz, University of Illinois
Coach John Holecek states: "James Kreutz may be the best all-around football player I have ever coached. He is 100% committed in everything he does regarding football, so it is not a surprise he was elected captain and then earned team MVP his senior year. Passionate, dedicated, studious, instinctive and athletic are just some of the adjectives that come to mind when I think of James. Also, since he is young for his grade, I believe his best days are still ahead of him physically. We are very excited to see James reunite with his brother and represent the legacy of great linebacker play at U of Illinois."

Will Livingston, Johns Hopkins University
"Will is a very versatile lineman because of his toughness, intelligence and athleticism. This fall he played left tackle because of his size and athleticism, but he played center as a junior because of his smarts. He definitely showed his toughness by playing through significant upper and lower body injuries both junior and senior year. Will earned first team all-conference with his play, but he is also a great leader, always helping young players with schemes and techniques." Coach John Holecek

Marco Maldonado, Colgate University
Coach John Holecek states: "Marco has worked extremely hard to become one of the premier athletes in the state. Unfortunately, due to injury, he only showcased his talents for 4 games. Marco has great vision, balance, acceleration and strength which made him a matchup nightmare for an opponent's front 7. He also can line up as a receiver which also causes mismatches in space with his elusiveness and quickness. No doubt in my mind, with a full season of play, Marco would have been mentioned as one of the premier backs in the state of Illinois. Because of his talents and versatility, he will be a tremendous asset to his team and I expect big things from him at Colgate."

Jamie McCabe, Butler University
"Jamie started at the middle linebacker position for all 13 games. He worked as hard as anyone on the team to improve his skills and it consistently showed. He finished second on the team with 115 total tackles with an interception, a sack, a recovered fumble and notched 4 pass break ups. Jamie is another student athlete with his best football ahead of him as his best performances came at the end of the season." Coach John Holecek

Sam Rushin, Tufts University
"After playing defensive line as a junior, Sam made a seamless transition to outside linebacker for his senior season. Sam started all 13 games at outside linebacker and was equally adept at playing the run and rushing the passer. Sam’s play steadily progressed throughout the season peaking with his performance in the playoffs where he had 5.5 sacks, a caused fumble and numerous minus yardage plays. A quiet, unassuming young man who has the respect of all his teammates, Sam’s best years of football are yet to come." Coach John Holecek

Roger Simon, John Carroll University
Coach John Holecek states, "Roger Simon is a long, athletic, and explosive competitor who excels in whatever sport he chooses. Unfortunately during the fall, Roger dealt with a lingering injury which cost him almost his entire football season. Because of this, John Carroll is getting a huge steal and someone who should have a huge impact in a short period of time in college. When healthy, Roger can play with the best of athletes and certainly his best days are ahead of him."

John Michael Talanges, Fordham University
"A 2 year starter at guard who played with a chip on his shoulder, and a captain who led by example, John Michael has all the intangibles you want in a football player. John displayed courage and toughness playing through multiple nagging injuries in his 2 years on varsity. Even in weeks where he could not physically practice every day, he would get his mental reps in and act as a coach to whomever was stepping in for him. Come game day John Michael was always ready to go and earned first team all-conference with his efforts." Coach John Holecek

Michael Williams, Colby College
"Mike was a 3 year starter and captain who was the rock of the defense. Quick, intense, tough, and instinctive are all adjectives you would use to describe Mike and his ferocious play. As the nose guard he drew many double teams but if offenses refused to use two blockers on him, he would make them pay. He was fourth on the team in tackles, had 12 total TFLs, and had 4 QB sacks. No doubt after his wrestling career he will add size and strength to even be more of a disruptive force in college." Coach John Holecek


Field Hockey

Carson Pike, St Louis University
Coach Misty Brady states: "Carson Pike is a captain and leader on our team. She is an NFHCA Academic All-American Scholar of Distinction. She led LAFH in points this season with 11 goals, 6 assists, 91 defensive takeaways. This is her third year on varsity and second time earning IHSFHA All-Conference honors. She is most revered for her insane work ethic. The sweat equity that Carson has put in is undeniable and witnessed by all who know her. Carson will be continuing her field hockey career collegiately at Division l St. Louis University next fall."

Sophia Sohigian, Wellesley College
"Sophia has made many contributions to the Loyola field hockey program. Sophia was a stabilizing force at our defensive center mid spot this season. In stats, this season alone, she contributed 11 points with: 4 goals, 3 assists, and a whopping 138 defensive takeaways. In leadership she has contributed: 4 years as a Loyola Scholar Athlete, 2 years as a NFHCA Academic All-American, 3 years on Varsity, 2 All-Conference selections First Team, and Tier 1 Conference Selection for our COVID season. Wellesley is getting a good one!" Coach Misty Brady

Bella Thoms, Bryant University
Coach Misty Brady states: "Bella Thoms is a NFHCA Academic All-American who anchored our backfield this season. This is not unique to this season as Thoms has started 53/53 varsity contests in her career. This season she contributed 6 points with 1 goal, 4 assists, a record 198 defensive takeaways. Bella is a captain, a three-year varsity starter and two time IHSFHA All-Conference selection. Her skills make her an elite player, but perseverance and determination to overcome ANY obstacle placed in her way... that's what makes Bella special. Bella will be continuing her field hockey career collegiately at Division l Bryant University next fall."


Ice Hockey

Karly Kolssak, Rochester Institute of Technology
Coach DJ Lavarre: "Karly’s talent, knowledge, hockey smarts, tenacity, and ability to hype up our bench is addictive and what sets her apart. A full package at what a coach looks for in a player."

Alejandra Ubarri, Amherst College
Coach DJ Lavarre:"Alejandra has grown the last 4 years into such a strong, dedicated leader. She is accountable, reliable, talented, and a full package at what a coach looks for in a player."


Lacrosse

Klaus Anger, Mount St. Mary’s University
"Klaus’s improvement over the past four years has been incredible. He has become the top face-off guy in our state and all the credit goes to all his time, effort, and hard work he has put into the face-off." Coach Rob Snyder

Bennett Chow, Amherst College
"Bennett is a four year varsity player. Bennett is a very selfless player. He was asked to play both attack and midfield for the team. Bennett is a very skilled player with a high lacrosse IQ. Bennett works very hard and he is always committed to improving and getting better." Coach Rob Snyder

Jake Coldwell, Mount St. Mary’s University
"Jake is a three year varsity player. Jake is very hardworking and determined to be a great lacrosse player at the next level. Has become one of our leaders in our program."

Connor DiTomasso, Hobart College
"Connor is a four year varsity player. He is an awesome goal scorer. Connor scored a bunch of huge goals in the state playoffs last season. He is a great teammate and very selfless. Connor loves playing lacrosse!!" Coach Rob Snyder

Maeve Dooley, Marquette University
Coach John Dwyer states: "Maeve is a four-year varsity player who is a midfielder/defender. She is that rare three-sport athlete who also plays tennis and basketball and brings those skills and athleticism to the lacrosse field. Maeve was the lone returning pre-COVID starter on a defense that just got better and better and ended up giving up an average of just 4.36 goals per game. She also is an important part of the high scoring Loyola offense. She was named All-State, Academic All-American and All-American. Coach Black at Marquette said Maeve is the top recruit in her class and she will compete in the Big East Conference."

Maeve Dwyer, University of Notre Dame
Coach (and grandfather) John Dwyer states: "Maeve excels at every phase of the game from scoring, to defending and also at taking the draw. She had an All-State freshman season, lost a year to COVID and then had a breakout campaign last spring, and was named All State, Academic All-American and All-American, only to be downed by an ACL injury. Her contributions to the team during the remainder of the season and in our playoff run went a long way in helping Loyola complete an undefeated season. She will bring her skills to Notre Dame and Coach Halfpenny and play in the outstanding ACC Conference."

Jameson Eigel, Bates College
"Jameson is a four year varsity player. Jameson provides excellent energy and leadership for our team. He has improved every year. Last season Jameson played his best lacrosse. Very hard working and had the pleasure of watching him grow up from youth lacrosse to high school. All-State selection last season." Coach Rob Snyder Alex Feuer, Roanoke College
"Alex is a four year varsity player. He played a huge role and came up big in the playoffs last year. Alex has a ton of upside. He is definitely a student of the position. Alex is not afraid to try new forms and techniques. He will be fun to watch when he moves on to play in college." Coach Rob Snyder

Mary Claire Hendrick, Davidson College
Coach John Dwyer states: "Mary Claire is an athletic midfield/defender and is a two sport athlete who also plays field hockey. MC is a fierce cover defender who took down some of the top rated offensive players in the country last summer in the National High School Championships in Connecticut. MC is great at communication and sliding and also was a key player in Loyola's 4.36 goals per game defense. She will go on to play for Coach Kim Wayne at Davidson."

Alyssa Kawala, Colorado College
Coach John Dwyer states: "Alyssa is a force on Loyola’s defense and excels at bringing the ball up the field on the clear. She has outstanding coverage skills, slides and communicates very well and her stick skills are very good. She also plays the backer in the backer zone defense. She was a mainstay on a defense that allowed only 4.36 goals per game. She will bring her many skills to Colorado Springs to play for Coach Stewart at Colorado College."

Adrienne Leone, Davidson College
Coach Dwyer states: "Adrienne is an outstanding two way midfielder who is quick and slashing in her goal scoring ability. She also excels at taking the draw and playing on the draw circle. 'A' is a cool, confident player who is adept at passing, finishing, redefending on Loyola's highly rated defense. ‘A’ was named All-State and Academic All-American. She will take her many skills to Davidson where she will play for Coach Kim Wayne."

Will Maheras, University of Notre Dame
"Will is a four year varsity player. Will has superior athleticism and speed. He works as hard as anyone on the team. Will is extremely difficult to guard. There is a reason many Division 1 programs reached out about him. Will was the best player in the state last year. All-State Selection last season." Coach Rob Snyder

Claire Mertzlufft, Denison University
Coach John Dwyer states: "Claire is an attacker with a special knack for scoring. She is exceptional at finding the open area and breaking open, especially on back door cuts. Claire had one of the biggest goals in Loyola's drive to the state championship in the sectional championship vs. New Trier, as she buried an 8 meter shot with 2 minutes to go to cut the deficit to 1 goal at 12–11. A two-sport athlete, Claire is also a swimmer. She will play for Coach Amanda Daniels at Denison."

Cheyne Repp, University of Denver
"Cheyne has a great feel for the game. He has a very high lacrosse IQ. Cheyne shows great composure and patience with the ball in his stick. He is a very good goal scorer. Denver is getting a great player." Coach Rob Snyder


Soccer

Alex Ainsworth, Bowdoin College
"Alex was one of our senior leaders this fall. We asked a lot out of him and earned his way to many accolades in his four years at LA. He always made a positive impact both on and off the field. Best of luck to Alex as he starts his college career at Bowdoin." Coach Justin Dunn

Maya Basan, Illinois Wesleyan University
"Maya is a 4 year Varsity Soccer player. Maya has made her impact as an outside left back and was a key part of a Rambler defense that allowed only 7 goals last season and posted 15 shutouts in 20 games. Maya contributed 3 goals and 5 assists last season while making the Ramblers more dangerous on set pieces. With an unwavering dedication to the team and Rambler Girls Soccer program, Maya has established herself as one of our leaders heading into the 2022 season. Maya's strong work rate in training and games has been an integral part of her success as well as pushing the team forward. Maya's success on the field, in the classroom and her work in the Loyola community will no doubt translate to a wonderful career at Illinois Wesleyan. We wish Maya the best as she transitions to the next level as a Titan student athlete in the fall." Coach Shannon Hartinger

Grace Ehlert, Washington University in St. Louis
"Grace is a 4 year varsity player and 3 year Captain of the Ramblers. Grace led the Ramblers with 18 goals and 13 assists last season, while garnering United Soccer Coaches All Midwest, IHSSCA All State, Chicagoland Soccer All State, GCAC Player of the Year and GCAC All Conference. Grace approaches every training session and game with the same work ethic, drive and competitiveness, which raises the level of all around her. Grace excels in the classroom as well and is part of the Student Council, where she works to create a sense of community amongst her peers. We wish Grace the best as she continues her career at Wash U, where we know she will continue to have an impact on and off the field." Coach Shannon Hartinger

Kaitlyn Kurtz, University of Wisconsin Wisconsin-LaCrosse
"Kaitlyn Kurtz is a 4 year Varsity Soccer player. As a freshman, Kaitlyn immediately contributed significant minutes as an integral part of our front line. Her work on and off of the ball contributed to our attack. After losing her sophomore season due to COVID, Kaitlyn returned for her junior campaign ready to lead the team on and off of the field. Kaitlyn tallied 7 goals and 6 assists, while starting all 20 games. Kaitlyn's contributions last season go well beyond her stats as she became a consistent presence in the midfield, working tirelessly on both sides of the ball. As the team's Rambler Award recipient, Kaitlyn fully embodies being a student athlete at Loyola Academy. She is competitive and driven to succeed both on and off the field, while creating a positive community on our team. We are so proud of Kaitlyn and wish her all the best as she continues her career at UW-La Crosse." Coach Shannon Hartinger


Swimming and Diving

Jimmy Dukes, St Louis University
Coach Mike Hengelmann states, "Jimmy was a 4 year varsity swimmer and team captain this year. He is an incredibly hard working athlete and selfless teammate who defines what it means to be committed to our program. Most recently he was a member of our 2nd place 200 free relay at the state meet. His easy going and humorous demeanor will certainly be missed at practice. Jimmy is a very versatile swimmer who excels at many events and distances and will flourish at the college level. I’m very proud of Jimmy and excited to follow his swimming career at Saint Louis!"

Andy Kelly, Purdue University
Coach Mike Hengelmann states: "Andy has been the heart and soul of our program. His tremendous attitude, work ethic, energy and passion are contagious. Andy is an incredibly versatile swimmer who excels at every stroke and every distance. Andy was a key member of our 2020 2nd place state team, was on back-to-back state championship 400 free relays and currently has 3 team records. When Andy is not racing, you can hear him enthusiastically cheering on his teammates."

Demetri Zemenides, Lake Forest College
"Demetri is a 4 year varsity team member and was an accomplished age group swimmer prior to high school. Demetri is a very versatile swimmer who will be able to contribute in sprint and middle distance freestyle events, as well as butterfly and backstroke. This versatility will help him tremendously in his college career. Congrats, Demetri, on your commitment to Lake Forest!" Coach Mike Hengelmann


Softball

Mackenzie Barry, Northern Illinois University
Coach Farrell Fink and Coach Devin Miller state: "Mackenzie has been an indispensable member of the Loyola Academy softball program since her freshman season. Year after year, Mackenzie has put in the dedication to improve her skill set. No matter her role for the day, Mackenzie is always there cheering on the entire team and pumping everyone up. Most importantly, Mackenzie is not only a leader on the field but in the classroom as well. We, as a coaching staff, have had the pleasure to be a small part in Mac's big story. We can’t wait to see the continued success when she attends Northern Illinois University."


Tennis

Patrick Gunnison, Gettysburg College
"Patrick made tremendous strides over his first three years in the tennis program. His hard work and dedication in the off-season showed as he brought stability to the #1 doubles position. He has consistent groundstrokes and a strong serve which he uses to break down opponents. He will certainly continue to improve his game and be an asset to the Gettysburg tennis program." Coach Tom Gordon


Track and Field

Austin Cabanban, New York University
Coach Seeberg states, "One of the most accomplished sprinters in Loyola track and field history, Austin has rewritten the Rambler record-book in the 400 and 200-meter races, earning two All-State medals in 2021 and poised to vie for a state title in the 400 at next week’s IHSA Championship. An athlete who blends blazing speed, unrivaled smoothness, and steely-eyed grace under pressure, Austin has been one of the dominant sprinters in the CCL and the state of Illinois over two seasons. In 2022, Austin set a school record in the indoor 200-meters, and in his Hall of Fame career he has broken the 50-second barrier in the 400-meter dash a remarkable six times."

Harry Wood Prince, Trinity College, Hartford CT
"Harry brings together the speed of a sprinter with the endurance of a distance runner, talents that will make him an invaluable asset at Trinity College next year. His range—from the 1600-meters down to the 400-meters—means he can affect team competition in multiple ways. In 2021, Harry raced to an All-CCL selection for his performance in the 800-meters. He was an integral part of Loyola’s 4x400-meter relay team that claimed the sectional title before finishing 6th at the 3A IHSA Finals, earning him All-State honors. He returns for his senior year as one of the top middle-distance runners in the CCL." Coach Dan Seeberg

Seichi Shinozaki, Bentley University
Coach Seeberg states, "A fierce competitor and a superb leader, Seichi excelled in the middle-distance races as well as the long sprints. In 2021, he earned an All-State honors as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that medaled at the IHSA Championship. Seichi’s determination to succeed, the intensity of his focus on team success, and his genuine love for his fellow track and field brothers are the characteristics that define him as the consummate teammate."

Aidan Simon, Drake University
Coach Dan Seeberg states, "One of the top middle-distance runners in the CCL and the state of Illinois, Aidan combined tremendous endurance, speed, and power with an unrivaled work ethic to develop into an elite runner over a range of distances from 800 to 5000 meters. His has been a remarkable four-year progression, largely defined by the passion and intensity he consistently brings to training and competition. With a finishing kick that has become a trademark, he is in a strong position to contend for All-State honors in the 1600-meters at next week’s state championship."

Spencer Werner, Texas A&M University
"Spencer begins his final track season as one of most accomplished middle-distance runners in Loyola Academy history. Already a three-time All-State selection, he brings to his racing a rare and impressive combination of speed, endurance, intelligence, and intense will to succeed. Spencer runs like a graceful, powerful thoroughbred, possessing beautiful technical form and a furious kick down the homestretch. With top times of 4:11 in the 1600-meter and 9:11 in the 3200-meter, he raced to an improbable double All-State performance at the 2021 IHSA Finals. Spencer enters his senior competition in 2022 as the dominant athlete in the CCL and one of the top runners in the nation before he takes his skills to compete for the Aggies of Texas A&M next fall." Coach Dan Seeberg


Volleyball

Mia McGrath, Clemson University
Coach Mallory Thelander: "Mia has been a starter on the varsity volleyball team since her sophomore year and is largely responsible for all of the success we have had over the past three years. She may not be the tallest player on our team, but she jumps out of the gym and leads our team in kills. When she steps out on the court, she is extremely focused and has a calm demeanor that sets the tone for everyone else on the team. We will miss her next year but are so excited to see her compete at the next level at Clemson!"

Casey McMenamin, Vassar College
"Casey McMenamin is a tremendously gifted student athlete who is a three year varsity starter. Last spring Casey led the team in digs and was the base of our serve receive. Casey was the catalyst for our offense and the anchor of the defense, was named to the CCL All Conference team, and was awarded the prestigious Robert Erlenbaugh "Outstanding Effort" award. I am excited for Casey to continue his academic and athletic career at Vassar College and look forward to all of his future accomplishments!" Coach Lionel Ebeling

Molly Power, Dartmouth College
Coach Mallory Thelander states: "Molly played on varsity volleyball for a few matches her sophomore year and has been a huge contributor to the team throughout both her junior and senior years. She had the second highest number of kills this season and led the team in blocks. There are some big shoes to fill on the team next year! She is a true competitor and we cannot wait to see how much she continues to grow and develop at Dartmouth."

Katie Russell, College of Holy Cross
Coach Mallory Thelander: "Katie was a big contributor to our varsity team this season at the setting position. She always finds ways to challenge herself when she steps out on the court during practices and competitions. We are looking forward to watching her play at Holy Cross next year and are so proud of her!"


Wrestling

Cooper Wettig, University of Illinois
Coach Collum states, "Cooper is a very talented individual that is an absolute hammer on the wrestling mat. His work in the classroom and very high wrestling IQ will no doubt carry over to the University of Illinois. As a 3-time state qualifier, state medalist and multiple tournament victories, he will certainly be missed here at Loyola."

Read the individual announcements here: November 2021, December 2021, February 2022 and May 2022.
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