Loyola senior Harrison Mac scored six goals Wednesday — three in the first half to keep the Cubs close, then two during a decisive 6-0 run in the third quarter — to help No. 2 Loyola to a 13-9 Mission League triumph over No. 5 Crespi.
Crespi (6-5, 4-2) led 4-0 early in the game, but Mac (pictured, above) scored three times before halftime to keep the Celts within reach. Crespi led 6-4 at the break, but Loyola (12-2, 6-0) rattled off six in a row in the third to take control.
Ryder Mora got things started, and Michael Lira tied the score 6-6 with 8:25 left in the quarter. Jonathan Partamian gave the Cubs their first lead a minute later, then Mac tacked on two more, and Sean Smith capped the run and sent Loyola into the fourth quarter leading 10-6.
Mora and Partamian each scored twice for Loyola, and Lira, Smith and Henry Hasenberg had one each. Smith also had three assists.
Alex Dixon, Sean Friedman and Seth Park each scored twice for Crespi, and Cam Radenberg, Jack Doyle and Ted Newton had one each. Radenberg and Doyle each had two assists.
The victory puts Loyola in the driver’s seat in the Mission League with two games to play. A win over Chaminade on April 24 essentially will clinch the title outright. Every other Mission team has at least two losses. Both Loyola and Crespi have games remaining against Chaminade and Harvard Westlake.