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CdM's magical run comes to an end

Girls' Lacrosse

Sea Kings competitive early, but powerhouse Los Al squad too tough in OC title match.

May 09, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Kacie Kline, far right, hugs Kylie Mulvaney (5) after the Sea Kings lose to Los Alamitos in the girls' U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division championship game held at Dana Hills High School Wednesday.
Corona del Mar High's Kacie Kline, far right, hugs… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

DANA POINT — The underdog story came to a sudden end Wednesday night at Dana Hills High.

The most successful Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse team in program history fell to mighty Los Alamitos, 12-6, in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division title match.

While the ending was a bit bittersweet, the tears in the eyes of so many of the Sea Kings weren't because of Wednesday's result at all. They cried because the special season, the one that had them win a share of the Pacific Coast League title, survive sudden-death overtime in a first-round playoff win then come right back and upset No. 2 Foothill and No. 3 Beckman, had finally ended.

"Yeah, we lost, but we weren't even expected to make it out of second round," senior goalie Sarah Hostetler said. "That's how we're going to end this season, this miracle story, the biggest underdogs in the world coming out and playing Los Al and beating Beckman and Foothill. None of us are crying because we lost; we're crying because we're going to miss each other so much. This team is a family, every single senior to the sophomores.

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"It's the most electric feeling, being out there with these girls. I can't wait for the banquet, for us to see each other again."

No. 7-seeded CdM (17-4) played a very competitive first half against top-seeded Los Alamitos (17-2), which captured its fourth straight Orange County title. The Sea Kings, making their first appearance in the South Division (Orange County) finals, jumped out to a 4-3 advantage with 12:17 left in the first half. Sabrina Smith, Kacie Kline, Cassidy Napolitano and Gabby Smith all scored, and Los Al Coach Liz Connelly was forced to call the game's first timeout.

But CdM would go scoreless for the rest of the half. Junior goalie Emily Alpaugh (11 saves) made key saves late in the half for the Griffins, who took a 7-4 halftime advantage. Just before the buzzer she blocked a quick shot by CdM senior captain Torrey Attyah.

"I feel like we were kind of shooting right at her, making her stand out more than she should have," Attyah said. "We needed to throw fakes. But I feel like whenever we had a chance to go to goal, we were so excited. We didn't really place it; we were more focused on just getting to the goal. That kind of messed us up in the end."

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