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Boys' Lacrosse: CdM trounces Sage Hill

Sea Kings improve to 2-0 after a 15-2 win over host Lightning on Friday.

March 08, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar's Jack Ortlieb pressures Sage Hill's Will Burns for the ball during a nonleague lacrosse game on Friday.
Corona del Mar's Jack Ortlieb pressures Sage Hill's… (Scott Smeltzer,…)

NEWPORT COAST — It began to rain hard as the Corona del Mar High boys' lacrosse team waited for the fourth quarter to begin. While fans took cover, the Sea Kings looked giddy to play in the slick conditions.

The players wanted a challenge. They couldn't find one on Friday. Someone said only lightning could've stopped the Sea Kings, and not the Lightning from Sage Hill.

The host Lightning struggled to keep up with CdM throughout the cold night. For Sage Hill's sake, with the clock running, the final 12 minutes went by fast.

The Sea Kings won, 15-2, giving them their second lopsided decision of the season.

In its first two games, CdM has outscored the opposition, 32-5. This is what Coach G.W. Mix expected at the start, his Sea Kings (2-0) dominating. They are the defending U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section champions after all.

Dating back to last season, the Sea Kings have won 26 in a row. The games aren't always going to be as one-sided. Their schedule looks more daunting.

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The Sea Kings aren't in a league this season. They left the Pacific Coast League.

"There were a lot of reasons," Mix said when asked why CdM is an independent school. "We had sort of run our course in the league. Five years and … [going] 48-0 and [winning] five league championships, and I think for all parties it probably made more sense for us to try and put together a bit more of a competitive schedule for us and enable the rest of that league to have a chance to win the championship, with all due respect."

The program that replaced CdM in the Pacific Coast League is Sage Hill. The Lightning quickly learned what it takes to be a league championship team.

CdM didn't take it easy on Sage Hill (0-3), the small private school. In the first eight minutes, the Sea Kings led, 5-0. Jack Ortlieb and Todd Kitzens each scored twice in the opening quarter.

The game was CdM's second on the road and Ortlieb was glad it was. The senior, who is bound for Holy Cross, loved Sage Hill's turf field, which played to the Sea Kings' strength.

They are fast. They can score goals in a hurry.

Right after Daschel Grammer recorded Sage Hill's first goal with less than a minute left before halftime, CdM answered with not just one goal but two.

Casey Mix found the back of the net twice in a 27-second span, giving CdM a 10-1 lead at the break. Ortlieb assisted on both goals.

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