CdM shuts door on Tars

Boys' Lacrosse

Sea Kings eliminate Newport Harbor in first round of playoffs, advance to take on San Clemente.

May 03, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
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CORONA DEL MAR — While players, fans and coaches left the lacrosse field, Coach G.W. Mix was picking up trash on the other sideline at Corona del Mar High.

Mix was more than happy to do it Tuesday.

His boys' team had disposed of Back Bay rival Newport Harbor, 13-9, in the opening round of the U.S. Lacrosse Orange County Southern Section Division I playoffs. It was Mix's time to clean up and then get the Sea Kings ready for the next round at fourth-seeded San Clemente on Thursday.

The opening act was a tough one for fifth-seeded CdM (15-4). Mix was surprised that the Sea Kings had to face No. 12 Newport Harbor (8-10) at the start of the postseason.

"I'm not suggesting in any way that I was surprised they were in [the playoffs], but I almost thought they deserved by their [strength of] schedule a little higher [seed] than that," Mix said of the Sailors, who finished in third place in the Sunset League. "But we knew right when the draw came out [last Saturday] that when the No. 12 is Newport Harbor and [it's] playing CdM, it's not really a No. 12. We knew we had our hands full from the very beginning."


The first meeting between the two schools in the postseason did not turn out like the past six regular-season matchups.

The Sea Kings have owned the Battle of the Bay since 2006, winning by an average of almost six goals per game. They beat Newport Harbor, 8-3, on March 25. If anyone knows how lopsided the rivalry has been, it is Mark Todd, who used to coach at CdM until he stepped down in 2009.

Todd is now at Newport Harbor, and in his first season at the school, he has turned around the program in a short time. This time, the Sailors challenged CdM.

After falling behind by two goals in the first three minutes, Newport Harbor responded in a big way. Jake Turner scored twice during a 4-0 run, helping Newport Harbor take a 4-2 lead.

Turner was unstoppable for much of the first half. Whenever the Sea Kings battled back, there was the junior pushing Newport Harbor ahead.

Turner closed out the first and second periods by finding the back of the net each time. His fourth goal gave the Sailors a 6-5 lead at halftime. The last two times CdM trailed at the break it lost each time.

What was on the minds of the Sea Kings, the Pacific Coast League champions?

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