Junior Brett Reilly scored seven goals and senior Conor O’Brien had four as Westlake, No. 9 in the preseason coaches poll, held off a stubborn Chaminade squad, 11-8.
The Warriors never trailed, but they couldn’t maintain a comfortable cushion until O’Brien scored his third to push Westlake’s lead to 9-6 with 8:25 to play. The Warriors extended it to 10-6 and 11-7, keeping the Eagles out of range.
Before that late surge, though, Westlake (2-0) simply couldn’t put the Eagles (2-1) away. Chaminade, which came in ranked No. 16 in the coaches poll, battled back from a 4-1 first-quarter deficit to tie 4-4 at halftime, then managed to stay within range until midway through the fourth quarter.
Senior attack Cameron Yerzyk and junior middie Mark Galanti scored three goals each for Chaminade, with Matt Dauw and freshman Andy Dyer adding one each. Dauw also had two assists.
But as well as Chaminade played, the Eagles did not have an answer for Reilly, who continuously found space inside with off-ball cuts. Reilly is committed to D-I Jacksonville. O’Brien will attend Cornell next year.
The Warriors are still without senior middie Jesse Cuccia, a North Carolina signee, and senior LSM Christian Ahn, a D-III Salisbury commit, for disciplinary reasons. Saturday they also were missing sophomore starting goalkeeper Matt Kilkeary for personal reasons.