Harvard Westlake scored six unanswered goals in the second quarter Thursday night, opening up a lead just big enough to hold off a furious rally by host Thousand Oaks and produce a 12-10 victory for the No. 7 Wolverines.
The loss was only the second of the season for No. 5 Thousand Oaks (4-2), which fell in overtime at No. 1 Loyola on March 14. The Lancers survived overtime Wednesday night at Agoura, beating the Chargers 8-7.
Thursday, Thousand Oaks opened an early 2-1 lead behind goals from Zack Byington and Zach Asbury. But the second quarter belonged to Harvard Westlake, thanks in large part to junior faceoff specialist Philip Thompson, senior attack Roman Holthouse and a three-minute, non-releasable penalty for an illegal T.O. stick.
Holthouse had missed a few recent games, but he scored one in the first period Thursday, then poured in three in the second quarter, when the Wolverines took control. Sophomore Tommy Park scored twice in the period, as well, helping the Wolverines to a 7-3 halftime lead.
After playing an even third quarter, Harvard Westlake still led by four entering the final period, 11-7. But three quick goals by the Lancers — Nick Auger‘s fourth of the game; Asbury’s third and a man-up goal from Eric Conlon — pulled T.O. within one at 11-10 with 7:50 still to play.
But Harvard Westlake settled down and made the lead hold up, adding one more goal for insurance. The win boosted the Wolverines’ overall record to 6-4 and is their first against a Top 10 team in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll. Previously, Harvard Westlake had lost to Loyola, Palos Verdes, Peninsula and Crespi.