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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

Molnar then created his own space. The senior spun around from the right side to put CdM ahead with 7:08 left in the opening quarter.

Almost two minutes later, Molnar broke free, racing the other way on a fastbreak opportunity. He put away a pass from Ortlieb and CdM went ahead, 2-0.

The advantage didn't last long. Late in the first quarter, San Clemente tied it after Robbie Burns and Jordan Riggs each found the back of the net.


While San Clemente had a couple of legit scorers, CdM displayed a balanced threat. The Sea Kings opened the second quarter by scoring five straight unassisted goals, starting with Brett Nelson, followed by Keasey, Chris Von Der Ahe, Connor Canale and Ortlieb.

At halftime, CdM led, 7-3. The defense only allowed one goal in the third quarter. Goalie Michael Ortlieb looked brilliant for CdM, finishing with nine saves.

Two of the Holy Cross-bound senior's best saves came early in the fourth quarter, when the Tritons, down three goals, played with a sense of urgency. Each time San Clemente closed within striking distance in the final quarter, Keasey made plays.

The Yale-bound midfielder recorded his second goal at the 7:50 mark. Nearly two minutes later, Keasey assisted on Molnar's third goal. Molnar celebrated, knowing he and the Sea Kings were on their way to making history.

He remembered the conversation he had to with his older brother, Noah Molnar, a 2009 CdM graduate, who now plays lacrosse at Lehigh University, before the game.

"He gave me phone call … and just cheered me on, [saying], 'You got to do what I couldn't,'" Molnar said. "I know he's so proud of me. They started the program and we've just followed in their footsteps. We just got to take it to the next level on Saturday."

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