Loyola Outlasts St. Margaret’s 7-5 in OC Invitational

Top-ranked Loyola held off St. Margaret’s Episcopal in the second half to earn a 7-5 victory in each team’s season opener Saturday in the OC Invitational at Foothill HS.

The Cubs, last year’s US Lacrosse Southern Section champion and the preseason No. 1 in the , took a 3-0 lead just eight minutes into the game on goals from (pictured), and Joe Peterson. But St. Margaret’s, last year’s Orange County runner-up, battled back and eventually tied it 4-4 early in the third quarter.

Loyola stretched the lead to 6-4 on goals from and Hasenberg (assisted by Priestly), but St. Margaret’s made it 6-5 heading into the fourth.

A goal midway through the final period provided the final margin for Loyola, which held the Tartans scoreless over the final 13:49 of clock time.

Hasenberg led the Cubs with two goals, and Priestly and Mason O’Hanlon each had a goal and an assist. Mora, Partamian and Peterson each scored once.

Cubs senior goalie made 11 saves, and junior face-off middie won 8 of 14 draws. was credited with six ground balls, and Priestly had four.

Last year, Loyola defeated St. Margaret’s 9-7 in the season-opening OC Invitational.