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Girls' Lacrosse: CdM upends Foothill

Sea Kings, who are playing more strategic game this season, close strong to top Knights in nonleague game.

April 04, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(Don Leach / Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — The Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse team may not always outrun you this year.

Instead, the Sea Kings will outthink you.

After losing a large senior class, Coach Aly Vislocky said CdM is trying to play a more tactical game in 2013. The Sea Kings have implemented more plays, with the help of new assistant coach Jessica Murray.

The result of the team's hard work certainly looked impressive Thursday afternoon at home. CdM upset rival Foothill, 9-7, in a nonleague game.

Corona del Mar, which made a surprise run to the finals of the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division last year as the No. 7 seed, appears ready for a sort of encore.

"This year, we're trying to take it one step up," Vislocky said. "What I tell the girls is that we were probably the most athletic team last year, and it only got us so far ... We need to go beyond that, through strategy. We're trying to step it up a notch, which this team totally can, because we're still a very fast team."

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Senior captain Molly Rovzar, who is headed to the University of Colorado, led the Sea Kings against Foothill with three goals. She said CdM (10-2), which has won eight straight matches and is ranked No. 7 in Southern California by LAXpower.com, is coming together at a good time. Foothill (4-4) is ranked No. 6 in Southern California.

"We've had to really adjust," Rovzar said. "We lost to Aliso [Niguel], and I think that gave us an awakening of what we need to work on. I think ever since, we've stepped up practices, and we've really been putting in the extra effort to learn our plays ... I think we've proven that we have the confidence to maintain our stability from last year, if not do better."

The Sea Kings and Knights have formed a bit of a good rivalry. Last year the teams' nonleague game was rained out, but CdM players said Foothill declined to reschedule. The Sea Kings got the last laugh, upsetting the No. 2-seeded Knights on their home field in the playoffs.

Thursday's game was close throughout. CdM had a 5-3 halftime lead, but Foothill tied it on back-to-back strikes by Jordan James, who led all players with four goals.

CdM then couldn't take advantage of a two-player up situation. After a Foothill player was issued a yellow card, Coach Kaylee Navarette complained to the referee, who gave the coach a yellow card as well. Navarette was forced to take another player out of the game, but Foothill held onto possession during the two-minute player-down period.

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