Senior Harrison Listen scored three of his game-high five goals in the second quarter Wednesday, boosting host No. 3 Harvard Westlake to a comfortable 11-7 win over No. 7 Chaminade in a Mission League contest.
The Eagles, who lost their third in a row to drop to 5-5 (1-2 in league), led 1-0 after the first quarter, but Listen and the Wolverines got hot in the second quarter and opened up a lead that wasn’t really threatened the rest of the way. Harvard Westlake led 6-3 at halftime and stretched it 9-3 with five minutes left in the third period.
“We told them (after the first quarter) that we got to start winning the small battles, the ground balls,” Wolverines coach Erik Krum said. “We tried to organize a little more on our clears and in the transition game, but winning those face-offs from Ian Han off of the face-off, and then the fast break goals, those are real high-energy plays.”
Han won 9 of 12 face-offs in the game, six in the first half, and scored two of his three goals in the game on fast breaks in the second quarter.
The win was the fifth in a row for Harvard Westlake (8-3, 3-0), which held off a late rally by Crespi on Saturday to win 8-7.
“The boys are definitely clicking,” Krum said. “Really focusing at practice, focusing on working on our weaknesses and definitely working on our weaknesses has been something that has helped us these last five weeks.”
With Han providing possession, the Harvard Westlake offense peppered the Chaminade cage throughout the first half. Eagles goalie Nick Carney made nine first-half saves to keep his team in the game.
Wolverines goalie Alex Russell, meanwhile, also had a strong first half, making seven of his 11 saves in the first two periods to keep the Eagles at bay. Russell allowed only five goals before being replaced late in the fourth quarter with his team leading 11-5.
“[Russell] has been huge for us all year,” Krum said. “He’s really worked hard in the offseason on his footwork, and every day in practice he’s asking for more shots. He’s a really hard worker.”
Listen (5g), Han (3g) and Asher Early (2g, 2a) led the Wolverines scoring.
Midfielder Trevor Roberts (2g, 2a) and Owen Larson (2g) led the Eagles’ offensively, and Ryan Cornelius, Ryan Stevens and Nico Rabushka scored one goal each. Cole Scott picked up an assist.
Harvard Westlake takes the field again Saturday in a home Mission League game against No. 14 St. Francis. Chaminade faces another stiff Mission League test Saturday with a visit from No. 4 Loyola.