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2021 marks PressBox’s fifth annual Best Of edition celebrating the top people, performances and moments of the year.

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Loyola men’s lacrosse needed a late four-game winning streak just to get into the NCAA Tournament.

The Greyhounds’ reward was a first-round trip to Denver in May for what turned out to be one of the most thrilling games of the year.

With just seconds left, the Pioneers got the ball back in transition with a chance to tie things up. Alex Simmons got free in front of the goal and released a shot from the EDGE OF THE CREASE that goalie Sam Shafer (who had been benched just a month earlier in a loss to Army) stayed with to make the save of his life.

Photo Credit: Jack Dempsey

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Plus: Check out PressBox’s 2021 Mo Gaba Sportsperson of the Year, Justin Tucker.

Justin Tucker

Issue 272 December 2021 / January 2022


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