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.