Loyola holds off Tesoro for 12-11 win

Junior middie Michael Lira went coast-to-coast in the final seconds to score his fourth goal of the game and lift No. 2 Loyola to a 12-11 victory over Tesoro, the ninth-ranked team in Orange County. The win pushed the Cubs’ record to 3-0 in advance of Tuesday night’s league opener at Harvard Westlake.

Senior middie Nate Mohler recorded a natural hat-trick in the first period, helping Loyola to a 4-3 lead, but Tesoro adjusted in the second period, blanking the Cubs and taking a 5-4 lead into halftime.

The Cubs came out of intermission firing, though, with sophomore Jonathan Partamian putting up the first two goals, followed by a top corner snipe from Sean Smith, Mohler’s fourth and an outside blast by John Parducci to extend the lead. Loyola led 9-7 after three.

Tesoro battled back to tie the game, and it remained that way until the final minute. Coming out of a timeout with 50 seconds left and still needing to clear the ball, Lira ran past two defenders and straight to the goal, ripping the game winner with 20 seconds left.

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