Junior middie Emmett Reilly scored just 45 seconds into Tuesday’s first-round playoff game, and No. 2 Loyola was off and running in a 21-2 rout of No. 15 St. Francis. It was the third time this season the Cubs have beaten fellow Mission League school.
The Golden Knights (9-9) were making the school’s first playoff appearance in four years of playing lacrosse.
Loyola (16-4) advances to a second-round game Thursday at home against No. 7 Oaks Christian, which beat Thacher 12-7 on Tuesday.
Thirteen different Cubs scored against St. Francis. Loyola led 10-0 after one quarter and 15-0 at halftime.
Senior attack Sean Smith led Loyola with four goals, all in the first quarter, and Ryder Mora, Henry Hasenberg, Dominick Tragesar, Joe Petersen and Griffin Cappalletti each scored two. Reilly, Garrett Smith, Mason O’Hanlon, Patrick Casani, Kaiser Fry, Speed Fry and Charlie Curtin also scored.
St. Francis finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter on a goal from senior Evan Swayne. The Golden Knights scored again with four seconds remaining.