The second-ranked Loyola Cubs remained undefeated Tuesday, beating Mission League rival Harvard Westlake 16-10 on the road, but it wasn’t nearly as easy as that score might indicate.
The Wolverines actually led at halftime 9-7, but Loyola managed to tie 10-10 by the end of the third period and found another gear down the stretch, pulling away to win comfortably. In all, Loyola outscored Harvard Westlake 9-1 in the second half.
“I gave the defense a good talk at halftime,” Brett Tietjen, Loyola’s defensive coordinator, said in a text message after the game. He also said the Cubs were missing a starting midfielder and starting defenseman.
Michael Lira led the Cubs with three goals, and Sean Smith, Nate Mohler, Ryder Mora, Harrison Mac and John Parducci scored two each. Jonathan Partamian, Joe Peterson and freshman Weston Priestly each scored one. Smith also had five assists.
Goalie Joe Theuer had 13 saves for the Cubs, and Partamian collected six ground balls and Nate Mohler five.
Senior Roman Holthouse and freshman Paul Rodriquez each scored three goals to lead the Wolverines, but according to the @hw_chronicle Twitter feed, Rodriquez left the game in the third quarter with cramps and did not return. Seniors Oliver Levitt and Joe Woody each scored two.
Crespi 15, St. Francis 4
The Celts finally broke into the win column after opening with losses to three Top 10 teams, beating the host Knights 15-4.
Alex Dixon scored four goals to lead Crespi, and Cam Radenberg, Seth Park and Ted Newton each had two. Junior Jack Doyle scored only one, but he recorded five assists.
Ricky Hayashida won 14 of 17 faceoffs to keep Crespi in possession and in control.
Oaks Christian 14, Chaminade 11
The Lions jumped on the Eagles early and held off a late charge by Chaminade to secure their first victory, winning 14-11 in West Hills.
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— Chaminade Athletics (@Chaminadesports) March 11, 2015
Oaks Christian, ranked No. 15 in this week’s coaches poll, opened with a 15-10 loss at Peninsula last week. Tuesday, the Lions took a 5-1 lead after one quarter and extended that to 8-3 by halftime.
But Chaminade, ranked No. 13 after opening with two wins and a close loss at Westlake, figured some things out after halftime and climbed back into it, eventually tying the score 11-11 with about eight minutes left. That’s as close as the Eagles got, however, as Oaks scored three more to close things out.
According to the @OCLacrosse Twitter Feed: Seamus O’Brien led the Lions with three goals, and Lorenzo Santor, Mark Shide, Cort Rogers and Andrew Geis scored two apiece. Danny Redell, Evan Phillips and Connor Macleod completed the scoring for the Lions.