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Girls' lacrosse: Sea Kings continue surge

Big 11-0 run in first half helps CdM girls, who win Battle of the Bay for third straight year.

March 31, 2012|By Matt Szabo
(STEVEN GEORGES )

CORONA DEL MAR — The weather was cool, even misty at times late Saturday afternoon at Corona del Mar High.

This did not matter to the members of the CdM girls' lacrosse team, who wore eye black under their eyes. It's not something the Sea Kings normally do, but then again it's not every day they play rival Newport Harbor in the Battle of the Bay.

"It's a Harbor special," CdM junior Molly Rovzar said of the eye black.

By the end of the game, the Sea Kings had shown just how special their team is this season. They dominated play, earning a 24-6 victory and their third straight Battle of the Bay win.

Buoyed by an early-season league victory over perennial powerhouse Beckman, Corona del Mar (9-2) is surging this season. But the Sailors (3-10) stayed close early Saturday. Miranda McFarland's goal brought Newport Harbor within 4-3 with 15:30 left in the first half.

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"It kind of freaked us out in the beginning," said CdM sophomore midfielder Kacie Kline, who scored twice and dished out three assists. "Everything was super-rushed, but we called a timeout and we got everything together. That's when everything started flowing like it usually does."

Corona del Mar, unfazed, went on an 11-0 run to end the half. By intermission, the game was being played with a running clock. Coach Aly Vislocky, who has been battling sickness, did not have to give too much advice to her team in the second half.

Everyone contributed for the Sea Kings. Rovzar scored a game-high six goals and added two assists. Senior midfielder Gabby Smith, a captain, pitched in four goals and two assists. CdM's other captain, senior attacker Torrey Attyah, dished out five assists before finally scoring her lone goal just before the fourth-quarter buzzer.

"This year, we're just good at transition and connecting our passes," Smith said. "I think that's what sets us apart."

Cassidy Napolitano and Sabrina Smith had three goals for CdM, ranked No. 3 in Southern California by laxpower.com. Paige Miller scored twice and led all players with seven ground balls. Amy Burt, Emily Turner and Vanessa Grainger added single goals for CdM, and Kendall Mulvaney had three assists. Goalies Sarah Hostetler (seven saves in the first half) and Brooke Van Hensbergen (two saves in the second half) helped anchor a defense that also prominently featured Kylie Mulvaney, Audrey Doud and Meredith Davin.

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