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."