Lacrosse falls to Orange County powerhouse St. Margaret’s

Cole Jacobson

In a rematch of a thrilling Harvard-Westlake 10-9 triple overtime win in April 2014, St. Margaret’s was able to get their revenge on the Wolverines, cruising to a comfortable 17-6 victory in a non-league matchup at St. Margaret’s (15-2 overall, independent) on Friday night.

Tommy Park ’18 and Andrew Corlin ’15 scored two goals apiece for Harvard-Westlake, but the Wolverines (ranked 14th in the CIF Southern Section by LaxPower’s computer rankings entering the game) were doomed due to St. Margaret’s’ faceoff dominance. University of Denver commit Ryan Harnisch ’15 had a historic night at the center circle by winning all 17 of his faceoff attempts, helping the Tartans (ranked 3rd in the Southern Section by LaxPower) jump out to a 14-3 halftime lead en route to their easy win.

This was the fourth straight season that the two inter-county foes have met, most notably including a St. Margaret’s Southern Section championship game victory over Harvard-Westlake by a score of 15-8 in May 2013.

Harvard-Westlake falls to 7-5 overall and remains 3-2 in Mission League play, with an opportunity to seal a playoff spot in its next matchup. With a victory over St. Francis (4-9 overall, 0-7 in league), the Wolverines can clinch a top-three spot in the Mission League, and an accompanying berth in the 16-team Southern Section Northern Division playoff bracket. The Wolverines won the first matchup 17-4, and are ranked ninth in the Northern Division by LaxPower, while the Golden Knights are ranked 26th. The second showdown will take place at St. Francis on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

A recap of Friday’s game can be seen here: