ACHA Rankings Released: Loyola Cracks Top 10
The ACHA released the season's third of four rankings this past Friday, and the Ramblers have been ranked as one of the region's top 10 teams for the first time. This also marks the 10th straight ranking period in which the team has been ranked in the top 15. The top 10 teams are eligible for this year's regional tournament in Milwaukee, so this comes as a major milestone for the team in their development since its rebirth in 2004, when it was only a men's league team.
The MACHA was well-represented in this ranking as 9 of the top 15 teams are from the competitive league, and Colorado State and Air Force are the only two teams not from the MACHA in the top 10.
Team president Ryan Khalil said, "Making the regional tournament has been a goal of ours since I've been here, and a lot of this team's seniors have been wanting this since we first came on the team. We are finally in a position to make that come to fruition. A lot of players have passed through this program without any post-season births. Making league playoffs last year and now putting ourselves in a position to make regionals really shows how we have grown as a team both on and off the ice," when asked what this ranking means for the team.
Freshman Pat Gallagher on hearing the release of the rankings, "They must have seen me score in practice on Wednesday and thought that any team who has as filthy a player as me has to be ranked in the top 10." Fellow freshman Mike Beam, who also witnessed Gallagher's goal in practice, thought the exact same thing.
Up next, the Ramblers will head outdoors for the 7th Annual Blue Devil Winter Classic in Detroit. The team has been looking forward to these outdoor games all season long, and are looking to have a great weekend in the Motor City.
For Dominic Marcus, the tournament will be a homecoming as he grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. On returning home, Marcus said, "I can't wait to get back home to Michigan and turn left while driving. Michigan is famous for their left turns, and I would be lying if I said I did not miss them."