This past fall, Loyola Blakefield’s JV and varsity water polo teams both had fantastic seasons that were capped off by bringing home the MIAA title.
After a devastating loss to Gilman in the 2020 finals, the varsity squad returned with a vengeance this season. Led by senior captains Max Moody ’22 and Tanner Turall ’22, the team went undefeated in the regular season. They handed out dominating losses to the likes of Calvert Hall, Concordia Prep, McDonogh, and Gilman. Finally, after defeating Mount St. Joseph High School 27–15 in the championship match at McDonogh on Saturday, October 30, the varsity squad was crowned 2021 MIAA Champions. This capped off an undefeated season as the team claimed its first title since 2018. Luke Shropshire ’22 led the way with seven goals for the Dons in the championship match, while Tanner Turrall ’22 added four scores. Earlier in the day, JV defeated Gilman 8–6 in the finals.
“Winning the MIAA championship was an accomplishment we all felt we needed to obtain,” said Carter Boone ’22. “Without the constant dedication and effort the entire team displayed throughout the season, we would have fallen short of victory.”
In addition to a strong season, this year’s varsity water polo team has been notoriously called one of the best Loyola teams—if not the best team—in school history. Although they had talent in spades, what truly made this team of Dons the best of the best was their impeccable teamwork through the bonds they have created over the years. “We all share a bond that no other team can replicate,” said Boone. “Although we fight sometimes and have disagreements, we all want to see each other succeed at the end of the day.”
So, what’s next? With goalie Daniel Parr ’22, captains Max Moody ’22 and Tanner Turall ’22, and league MVP Luke Shropshire ’22, as well as many other members of the team moving on to the next chapter of life, what is to become of the team next year? Well, the future looks promising as juniors Ryan Snyder ’23 and Will Kunkel ’23 already have the experience of a varsity season under their belts, which is vital to lead the team to great success next year.