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CdM boys' lacrosse captures first Orange County crown

Sea Kings win first U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division title and improve to 23-0.

May 09, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High's Taylor Epp, right, embraces a teammate after the Sea Kings defeated San Clemente in the boys' U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division championship game held at Dana Hills High Wednesday.
Corona del Mar High's Taylor Epp, right, embraces… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

DANA POINT — The Corona del Mar High boys' lacrosse team stayed perfect and it pulled off the feat in a game it failed to win the last two times.

The contest is the biggest one in Orange County every year.

In their third trip to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division finale in four years, the Sea Kings can call themselves champions.

Top-seeded CdM grabbed the lead first and never trailed. The Sea Kings finished their opponent this time, beating third-seeded San Clemente, 9-6, at Dana Hills High on Wednesday night.

No team this season has touched CdM, which improved to 23-0. There is one more game left for the Sea Kings, the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section title game. The South Division champ faces the North Division champ from Los Angeles County.

The Sea Kings' debut in the contest will come against Palos Verdes, which defeated Pacific Palisades, 13-4, in the North Division finale.

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The main event features two of the top-ranked programs in the state by laxpower.com with the same nickname. No. 5 CdM goes up against No. 6 Palos Verdes (20-2) on Saturday at Mission Viejo High at 1 p.m.

"We'll find out who the real Sea King is," CdM Coach G.W. Mix said with a smile.

Getting there just isn't enough for Mix and his Sea Kings.

What fueled the Sea Kings was making history. They had all the motivation.

They remembered how close the program came in 2009 and '10 to winning the Orange County crown. Players like Hunter Molnar and Casey Mix saw how their older brothers fell short in those two years.

This year, it was Molnar and Mix's turn to lead the Sea Kings' attack, along with Jack Ortlieb and Michael Keasey. To get back to the title game, CdM in the semifinals had to knock off Foothill, which owned the county title the past five years.

"I was part of the team [my] sophomore year that lost [to Foothill in the title game] and it didn't really hit me as hard as it hit some of the seniors," Keasey said.

In his senior year, Keasey made sure CdM came out a winner.

When the Sea Kings reached Wednesday's championship game, in the way was San Clemente (15-7). The Tritons ended CdM's season in the quarterfinals last season. The Sea Kings remembered and they jumped on San Clemente first.

For the first four minutes, the Sea Kings swung the ball around, waiting for the best opportunity to strike. They were patient on the offensive zone, the Tritons giving the Sea Kings little room to maneuver near the cage.

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