Roundup: T.O., Loyola, Peninsula Win Openers

Three Top 10 teams won their openers Saturday as the 2015 high school lacrosse season got under way, with No. 2 Loyola taking down Orange County No. 10 Los Alamitos 15-7, No. 7 Peninsula beating Glendale 19-2 and NO. 8 Thousand Oaks holding off No. 5 Crespi 13-10.

Elsewhere, No. 4 Oak Park lost 14-9 to St. Margaret’s, ranked No. 5 in the OC, at Los Alamitos in the Knights Challenge.

  • U.S. Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA Preseason Coaches Poll
  • Saturday scores
    No. 5 (OC) St. Margaret’s 14, No. 4 Oak Park 9
    No. 2 Loyola 15, Los Alamitos 7
    No. 8 Thousand Oaks 13, No. 5 Crespi 10
    No. 7 Peninsula 19, Glendale 2
    Sierra Canyon 14, Valencia-Santa Clarita 11

    Aelx Dixon, Crespi
    Senior attack Alex Dixon had four goals and an assist in Saturday’s 13-10 loss at T.O.

    No. 8 Thousand Oaks 13, No. 5 Crespi 10

    The Celts and Lancers went toe-to-toe for three quarters at Thousand Oaks on Saturday night, playing an opening night game with all the intensity of a playoff matchup. In the end, T.O. won the fourth quarter, and that produced a 13-10 victory.

    Thousand Oaks came out firing, building an early 3-1 lead by capitalizing on a couple of man-up situations. But three-minute illegal-stick penalty gave the Celts the opportunity to tie, and it was 3-3 after one.

    T.O. again took a two-goal lead early in the second period, but Crespi again evened it up, and it was 5-5 at halftime.

    Crespi pulled ahead for the first time late in the third, taking an 8-7 lead on two quick goals by senior attack Alex Dixon, but the Lancers quickly answered. Another Crespi lead at 9-8 also was short-lived, as T.O. made it 9-9 heading to the fourth.

    The Lancers finally took the lead for good with seven minutes left, then extended to 11-9 a minute later. It was 13-9 before Crespi scored again at the two-minute mark, but the Lancers had things under control at the faceoff dot and managed to keep possession away from the Celts and run out the clock.

    The senior attack line of Dixon, Sean Friedman and Cam Radenberg scored eight of Crespi’s 10 goals. Dixon had four and an assist; Friedman had three and two assists; and Radenberg had one goal and two assists. Middie Jack Doyle had the Celts’ remaining two goals and also added an assist.

    Crespi faceoff middie Ricky Hayashida won 14 of 23 draws, but Thousand Oaks came up with possessions in the fourth quarter, keeping the ball away from the Celts and converting goals to widen its lead.

    Crespi racked up 9:30 in penalty minutes to 7:00 for the Lancers.

    Thousand Oaks did not report scorers or statistics, but senior attack Nick Auger and senior middie Zach Byington scored a couple of goals each, and senior goalie C.J. Ortiz was solid in goal.

    No. 5 (OC) St. Margaret’s 14, No. 4 Oak Park 9

    Things looked pretty good for the Eagles through the first quarter, with five different players scoring to give Oak Park a 5-1 lead early in the second period. But St. Margaret’s turned things around in a hurry, cutting the margin to 6-5 until Eagles junior middie Brendan Egan scored his second of the game to restore a bit of cushion.

    SMES, however, rattled off four in a row to open the third period and take a 9-7 lead. A goal by senior middie Patrick Lasure, his second, kept Oak Park within a goal at 9-8, but the Tartans scored five unanswered before Eagles senior attack Jacob Espinoza found the net for Oak Park’s last goal and the final margin of 14-9.

    Six of Oak Park’s nine goals came from the midfield, with two each from Egan, Lasure and senior Griffin Hughes. Senior attacks Owen Consoletti and Espinoza contributed one goal each, and sophomore Max Bulko also scored.

    No. 2 Loyola 15, No. 10 (OC) Los Alamitos 7

    The Cubs led 7-3 at halftime and 11-4 after three quarters, according to reports, cruising to an easy win in the Knights Challenge. Loyola did not report scorers or statistics.

    The Cubs play at Oak Park on Wednesday.