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Boys' Lacrosse: Tartans edge Sea Kings

Corona del Mar falls at St. Margaret's in overtime to close out spring break schedule on a down note.

April 20, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Jack Ortlieb noticed a difference in the way the Corona del Mar High boys' lacrosse team came off the bus Saturday. He said the Sea Kings lacked the energy they usually have right before a game.

They have been riding the bus quite a bit during their spring break.

The Sea Kings played at Thousand Oaks on April 13, then traveled the next day to the San Francisco Bay Area to play Danville San Ramon Valley on Monday and Pleasanton Amador Valley on Tuesday.

Wednesday marked the Sea Kings' return home. They came back without their 36-game winning streak.

In its first game back in Orange County, CdM lost again.

The Sea Kings dropped a heartbreaker at St. Margaret's, 12-11, in sudden-death overtime. Their second-half rally fell short, resulting in the second setback in six days for the Sea Kings, ranked No. 4 in the state by LaxPower.com.

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Keep in mind, CdM went 24-0 last year and began this year 12-0.

You have to go all the way back to the 2011 season to find the last time CdM lost twice.

"I'm not worried," said CdM Coach G.W. Mix, whose team is 13-2. "We had two losses this week because we played two damn good teams."

Those two damn good teams, No. 8 San Ramon Valley and No. 24 St. Margaret's, each edged CdM by one goal. And they each pulled it off late.

San Ramon Valley ended the Sea Kings' 36-game winning streak. In a battle between two of state's top teams, San Ramon Valley won, 10-9, scoring the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left.

St. Margaret's scored with 24 seconds left to force overtime. Chase Williams somehow produced the goal, with defenders chasing from behind.

Williams beat the Sea Kings well before the senior recorded his only goal of the afternoon.

"Four or five guys on a groundball and I think I got lucky," said Williams, who picked up the ball and attacked. "I saw that the scrum was kind of all behind, so I just took it around [the goal]. I don't know what happened. I think I got tripped or something and I just yanked it in."

The goal was the only one CdM goalie Hoyt Crance, who made 14 saves, and his defense allowed in the fourth quarter.

But the Sea Kings gave up one more in overtime.

Joshua Davis' fourth goal with 82 seconds left in the four-minute, sudden-death-overtime period ended it. The Tartans (12-4) knocked off another of the state's upper-echelon programs.

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