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CdM girls' lacrosse team finds a way

Smith sisters make big plays down the stretch for Sea Kings, and Gabby's sudden-death strike helps Sea Kings move on.

May 01, 2012|By Matt Szabo

CdM was back at full strength with 2:18 left in the second overtime. But just seven seconds later Gabby Smith's younger sister, Sabrina, was issued a yellow card for a dangerous follow-through on her shot. Yet somehow, the Pacific Coast League co-champions came back.

"There was a point where honestly, as a team, we were done," Rovzar said. "Everyone was about to throw their sticks on the field and honestly be like, 'This is it.' We were really able to come together as a team. If we fall apart, that's what they're trying to do, get us to fall apart. But we rose above it."

Gabby Smith stole the ball, raced down the field and scored with 1:28 left in the second overtime to bring CdM within a goal. Then, after CdM junior Kylie Mulvaney controlled the draw, junior Kacie Kline (five goals) scored in the middle on a pass from Attyah with 1:09 left.

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Eggeman scored on a second-chance goal with 46 seconds left to give Capo Valley an 18-17 advantage. But the Sea Kings made big plays down the stretch.

Sabrina Smith was able to come back in the game with 18 seconds left. Smith, who has the nickname of "Bean" on the team, immediately made her presence felt. She took the pass from Mulvaney and was fouled. Off the foul, she skipped in a shot with just five seconds to go, tying the score and sending the game to sudden-death overtime.

It was there that CdM senior goalie Sarah Hostetler made the biggest of her 16 saves. Eggeman, off a foul, passed the ball to Hadley in front of the cage. But Hostetler stood her ground, blocking the shot. Gabby Smith got the ball, and she would eventually score the game-winner on the other end.

"It was an unguarded crease roll, which is a goalie's worst nightmare," Hostetler said. "... I didn't give her stick an option of anywhere to go. Her stick went into my stick, her stick went into my pocket, and that's why the ball dropped to the ground."

Coach Aly Vislocky highlighted the play of Kylie Mulvaney on defense, as well as senior Ally Brahs, who took many of the draws for CdM near the end of the game.

"We have nine varsity seniors. and a lot of them I've coached since their eighth-grade year," Vislocky said. "I think all of the history of the last four years was flashing through their heads. In the team huddles, you could feel that energy, that they just wanted to power through this."

CdM is also motivated about playing Foothill. Gabby Smith said the Sea Kings' scheduled game against the Knights on April 13 was rained out, and the Knights didn't want to reschedule.

Foothill and CdM are ranked Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, in Southern California by laxpower.com. The Knights beat the Sea Kings, 19-10, last year in the first round of the playoffs.

"I feel like [beating] Foothill is possible and reachable," Rovzar said. "Foothill is something that we've worked for, and we've always felt like we can compete with them. I think this is the year. After this game, I think we realize how much we want it for each other and how much we're willing to fight for it, even if it means two overtimes and sudden death."

matthew.szabo@latimes.com

Twitter: @mjszabo

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