Marks and fellow senior Devon Greenlee usually switch off starting for the Sea Kings (5-4). They made the most of the situation Wednesday as CdM was without senior Maddie Schwartz.
Coach Sam Bailey declined to say why Schwartz didn't play, although the San Diego State-bound captain sat in sweats on the bench with her team. But her absence in the pool meant the Sea Kings had to go to their bench early and often against the Breakers (7-2).
Marks wasn't the only senior to step up. Greenlee and Tori Gabert both had assists, Gabert's coming on a nice cross-pool pass to sophomore Ally McCormick. The goal helped the Sea Kings begin to rally from a 3-1 deficit, and they tied the score at 3-3 when another sub, sophomore Genevieve Weed, blasted a crosscage goal with 14 seconds left in the first half.
"Lauren really stepped up," said junior goalie Alex Musselman, who had another solid game herself with 14 saves. "And all the people on our bench stepped up. During this game, we had a lot of subs go in, and our bench is definitely getting a lot deeper. Subbing is not a problem anymore, because our subs definitely step up big."
Corona del Mar had to rally in the fourth quarter and overtime to top the Breakers, 5-4, in the semifinals of the Holiday Cup tournament Saturday. In Wednesday's game, the Sea Kings again fell behind early in the third quarter as the Breakers' Melena Masson scored at set.
But Marks' first goal, on the power play, tied the score at 4-4 with 1:41 left in the quarter. After giving CdM the lead, she turned to her forte – defense.