No. 2 Cubs Move Closer to Mission League Crown

No. 2 Loyola took another step toward a second-consecutive Mission League championship Friday, racing out to an 11-2 lead and defeating visiting No. 3 Harvard Westlake 12-6. All that is standing between the Cubs (12-3, 6-0) and another undefeated league season are games at No. 16 St. Francis on Tuesday and vs. No. 6 Chaminade on April 29.

Between those two games, though, Loyola will go on the road for two more stiff tests — at Torrey Pines (San Diego) next Saturday and at J Serra Catholic (Orange County) on April 26 — as a tune-up for the playoffs.

Friday, the Cubs wasted little time in setting the tone against Harvard Westlake (9-3, 3-2), jumping out to a 4-0 lead behind four different goal-scorers. Jonathan Partamian, who would finish with three goals, scored first, assisted by Henry Hasenberg, followed by a goal from sophomore face-off middie Aidan Hesse directly off the draw. Mason O’Hanlon scored the first of his two goals, then senior Sean Smith fed Hasenberg for a score, all before the Wolverines got on the board.

After Harvard Westlake made it 4-1, Partamian, assisted by Wes Priestly, and O’Hanlon each answered, pushing Loyola’s lead to 6-1 before the Wolverines scored again.

Five consecutive Loyola goals followed, essentially putting the game out of reach at 11-2. The Wolverines scored four in a row to make the final score look reasonable.

Partamian (3g), O’Hanlon (2g), Sean Smith (1g, 2a), Garrett Smith (1g, 1a), Emmett Reilly (1g, 1a), Hasenberg (1g, 1a) and Priestly (2a) all contributed multiple points for the Cubs. Hesse, JP Hatch and Dominick Trageser also scored goals.

Scoring information sourced from @loyolalax on Twitter.