Harvard Westlake and Loyola, the Nos. 2 and 3 ranked teams in the MaxLaxLA , advanced to Saturday’s Mission League title game with semifinal victories in the league tournament Wednesday.

The Wolverines, the only LA team to beat Loyola this season, battled No. 8 Chaminade for a 13-9 victory to advance. Loyola ran out to a 13-0 lead and beat No. 12 Crespi 14-4 to earn a second matchup with Harvard Westlake.

The teams will meet Saturday at Harvard Westlake at 2 p.m., according to Harvard Westlake’s website.

No. 2 Harvard Westlake 13, No. 8 Chaminade 9

Senior scored four of his five goals in the fourth quarter Wednesday — two of them during a two-minute extra-man opportunity to open the period — to boost the Wolverines (9-3) to their second win over the Eagles (6-8) this season.

Until that fourth quarter, though, the teams had been neck and neck.

Harvard Westlake led 1-0 after one quarter, 4-3 at halftime and 8-7 after three. But Early’s two quick goals to open the fourth gave the Wolverines some breathing room, opening up a three-goal lead with 11 minutes to play. He scored again with 7:58 left to all but put the game out of reach at 11-7.

Early (5g, 2a) led Harvard Westlake, and (3g, 2a), (3g, 1a) and (2g) all scored multiple goals. sparked the offense, winning 16 of 21 at the face-off dot.

(4g, 2a) led the Chaminade offense, and (2g, 4a), (2g) and Trevor Voss (1g) also scored.

No. 3 Loyola 14, No. 12 Crespi 4

The Cubs (11-4) won their eighth in a row since losing to Harvard Westlake 10-8 on March 20, shutting out visiting Crespi until the fourth quarter while building a 13-0 lead.

, and each scored three goals for Loyola, and scored two. , , and Matt Kim also scored.

After facing Harvard Westlake on Saturday, the Cubs will prepare for their annual rivalry game with No. 1 Palos Verdes, scheduled for Tuesday at PV at 3:30 p.m.

Information for this report was provided by Harvard Westlake Lacrosse and culled from the @LoyolaLax Twitter feed.


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