Short-handed Loyola falls to Aliso Niguel 13-12

Playing for the first time in 13 days — and playing without five starters — the No. 1 Loyola Cubs lost their second game of the season Wednesday, falling to Aliso Niguel 13-12.

Loyola (9-2) led 4-2 after one quarter, but the Wolverines — ranked No. 9 in Orange County — tied it 6-6 at halftime. The score was tied 9-9 entering the final period, but Aliso built a 13-10 lead with 1:41 left and withstood a final Cubs rally.

Freshman attack Henry Hassenberg, who had appeared in only three games previously, led Loyola with four goals and also contributed an assist. Junior Sean Smith had three goals and two assists. Sophomore Jonathan Partamian had two goals and an assist, and sophomore Dominick Tragesar, freshman Wes Priestley and sophomore Ryder Mora each scored once. Sophomore Garrett Smith and junior Mike Lira each picked up an assist.

The underclassmen contributed because a couple of starters were injured and a couple of others missed practices over spring break. “I’ve gotta stick to my guns,” coach Seth Cohen said in a text message. “I don’t care who you are.”

The result was Loyola’s second loss, both coming against teams from Orange County (their first loss was to O.C. No. 1 Foothill). The Cubs also have beaten two O.C. teams — Los Alamitos and Tesoro. Saturday, they try their hands against a San Diego squad, traveling to face Rancho Bernardo (7-1), currently rated No. 7 in the San Diego Section on