For the first half Tuesday, winless Crespi hung right with No. 3 Harvard Westlake, trailing only 3-2 at halftime. But the Wolverines’ patient offense and precision passing produced four unanswered goals in the third quarter, and the visitors went on to win the Mission League game 10-5.
Harvard Westlake senior Philip Thompson won all seven face-offs in the first half, keeping possession largely in Crespi’s defensive end. But Celts’ goalie Noah Davila kept his team in the game, stopping 10 Wolverines shots in the first two periods.
But Harvard Westlake (9-2, 3-1) regrouped at halftime and came out with a deliberate approach that created numerous clean looks at the goal.
The result was a 7-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Wolverines stretched it to 9-2 and held off a late flurry by the Celts for the 10-5 win.
Harvard Westlake jumped in front early on a goal from Zac Harleston, then extended to 2-0. But Crespi (0-11, 0-5) got one back when junior attack Jake Milkovich scored unassisted, then tied it when Rafa Francisco scored from the outside on a pass from Jack Doyle.