Lacrosse goes down to Loyola, takes first loss of season

Ellis Becker

After nearly a year without losing, the boys’ lacrosse team was finally brought back to reality after losing to Loyola 13-6 on April 25.

It was the matchup of the season, number one Harvard-Westlake against number two Loyola. Earlier in the season, the Wolverines managed to best the Cubs 13-12 on March 25, after a dramatic game that ended with a Paul Rodriguez ’18 goal in overtime.

However, in that game, Loyola was missing multiple key players due to injuries. In this match, the Cubs were at full force, and showed it. The Wolverines started the game slowly, scoring only one goal in the first quarter, and only two in the second. The halftime score was 8-3 in favor of the Cubs.

The team looked like it might have had a chance during the third quarter, in which the defense held the Cubs scoreless, while the attack scored two goals to bring the scoreline to 8-5. However, the Loyola squad came back with a strong fourth quarter to bring the score to 13-6 by the end of the game.

With the loss, the team’s 14-game winning streak was ended. The squad now stands at a 14-1 overall, and will play one more league game before playoffs begin. The next match will be at home against Chaminade on April 29. Earlier in the season, the Wolverines beat Chaminade 11-8, and the team will hope to take another win this time to regain its stride before playoffs begin.