Thompson Carries Wolverines to Playoff Win

Related

Riley Chester of St. Margaret’s Commits to Monmouth

Chester finished his junior year with 33 goals and 17 assists.

Julian Jenkins of Los Alamitos commits to Holy Cross

Jenkins was an All Sunset League First Teamer team and Griffins captain this past spring.

St. Margaret’s Hires Megan Armes as girls lacrosse coach

St. Margaret's Episcopal School recently announced the hiring of...

West Genesee More Than Just a Lacrosse Drill

It was 1984, and Syracuse freshman and starting midfielder...

Share

No. 11 seed Chaminade played No. 3 Harvard Westlake even throughout the first half Thursday, but in the end the Wolverines had too much Philip Thompson. The senior middie dominated the face-off dot and scored six goals, powering Harvard Westlake to a 14-7 playoff victory.

 
The win moves the Wolverines into a semifinal matchup Saturday at Glendale HS against another familiar Mission League opponent in Loyola, which beat Oaks Christian 20-10 Thursday.

As many talented players as Harvard Westlake has, it has been the senior middie Thompson pushing them, even carrying them, all season. Thursday was no different. He won six of seven face-offs in the first quarter, but stellar play from Chaminade goalie Andy Dyer limited the Wolverines’ scoring. The score was 3-3 after one quarter.

Chaminade actually led midway through the second quarter, but goals from Paul Rodriguez, Harrison Listen and Rodriguez again gave Harvard Westlake a 7-5 lead at halftime, a lead the Wolverines wouldn’t relinquish.

Thompson scored his fourth and fifth goals, one coming out of a ground-ball scrum and the other while falling down after splitting two defenders, to push Harvard Westlake’s lead to 9-5. Four consecutive goals to open the fourth period put the game out of reach.

Then, after Chaminade made it 13-7 on a goal from Mark Galanti with 5:15 to play, Thompson capped his evening by winning another face-off and scoring unassisted on the break, his sixth of the game.

Rodriguez finished with three goals, and Listen scored two for Harvard Westlake. Tommy Park (1g, 1a), Zac Harleston (1g) and Jared Goldman (1g) also scored, and Asher Early had two assists.

Galanti (2g, 1a) and attack Mac Griffin (2g, 1a) led the Eagles’s offense, with support from Ryan Oaks (1g, 1a), Max Kim (1g) and Mitch Kalkwarf (1g).