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Sea Kings stay perfect

Boys' Lacrosse

Corona del Mar improves to 20-0 after edging visiting Servite in first round of southern section south division playoffs.

May 01, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Don Leach | Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — G.W. Mix has coached lacrosse on every level, enjoying much of what the sport has to offer.

What he ended up doing Tuesday was a first.

Sometimes opposing coaches ask Mix, one of the best coaches in the business, to talk to their teams. That never happens after Mix leads his team to a win.

Mix said he felt inclined to talk to the opposing team afterward. That team almost ended the perfect season Mix and his Sea Kings had achieved.

The top-seeded Sea Kings survived a scare from No. 16 Servite, holding on for a 13-10 victory at home in the opening round of the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division Championship tournament.

In the regular season, the Sea Kings went 19 games without losing.

Their 20th contest came in a playoff opener. The Sea Kings, ranked No. 5 in the state by laxpower.com, were almost one-and-done in the postseason. Servite, a team with a losing record, pushed CdM to the brink of elimination.

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"I just felt like I needed to congratulate them for their warrior spirit and for the way they competed," Mix said of the Friars, who came back from a six-goal deficit in the second quarter and made it a game. "To end your season on that note, I guess 7-10, you can look at that and feel pretty disappointed, and I wanted them to know that they should be very proud of what they accomplished today. They were a handful."

"If that was the No. 16 seed, I am scared to death to see the No. 8 or 9 [seed]."

Mix and the Sea Kings (20-0) will face eighth-seeded Huntington Beach in the next round. The Oilers get to play CdM after getting past No. 9 JSerra, 6-4.

Seeing Huntington Beach for a second time in two weeks wasn't an issue for Mix. He was still figuring out how CdM edged Servite, the fourth-place team out of the Trinity League.

The Pacific Coast League champion Sea Kings took what looked like a commanding 6-0 lead. Thirty-nine seconds into the second quarter, Jack Ortlieb gave the Sea Kings their biggest advantage.

Then the momentum changed.

"We had the ball down there and we missed an opportunity to make it 7-0. Next thing you know it is 6-1," Mix said. "Some balls bounce their way and they keep fighting, and next thing you know it's 6-3. Now they believe that they got an opportunity and that's when we knew we'd have our hands full. Sure enough, my worst fears came through."

Mix never panicked, neither did his Sea Kings.

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