With a visit from perennial Orange County power Foothill on tap Saturday, the No. 1 Loyola Cubs wasted little time with eighth-ranked Oak Park on Thursday, building a 5-0 lead after one quarter and winning 16-3.
Henry Hasenberg (4g, 2a) and Wes Priestly (2g, 4a) each recorded six points for Loyola, which benefitted from Aidan Hesse‘s 17-of-18 dominance at the face-off dot in two-plus quarters of play.
That possession advantage led to multiple chances for the Cubs’ offense, and when Oak Park did get a stop, a relentless ride hounded the Eagles into turnovers. Oak Park had two successful clears in the first quarter, and both ended with errant passes for turnovers before the offense could generate a good look at the goal.
Tyler Bradbury got Oak Park on the board in the second period, making the score 6-1, but Loyola rattled off three more goals and led 9-1 at halftime.
Charlie Curtin (3g), Jonathan Partamian (2g), Ryder Mora (2g, 1a) and Joe Peterson (1g, 1a) scored multiple points for Loyola, and Griffin Cappelletti and Dom Trageser scored once, and Garrett Smith and Alex Horowitz each had one assist.
Bradbury scored twice for the Eagles, and Adam Julius scored once.
Now Loyola awaits a matchup with Foothill, voted No. 2 in the Orange County preseason coaches poll, on Saturday at Loyola (1 p.m.). The Knights are off to a 4-0 start, including a 9-1 win over St. Margaret’s. Loyola beat SMES 7-5 in the season opener for both teams.