CdM looks toward girls' lacrosse playoffs

Sea Kings fall to Beckman and drop final two league matches, but aim to repeat postseason peak.

April 24, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Molly Rovzar takes a shot as Beckman's Bianca LaCavera defends Wednesday
Corona del Mar High's Molly Rovzar takes a shot as… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

CORONA DEL MAR — Two losses this week did not provide the Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse team with a lot of momentum going into the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs.

But, as the Sea Kings showed last year, anything can happen once the playoffs begin.

The postseason was the talking point Wednesday, after CdM dropped its Pacific Coast League finale to league champion Beckman, 9-6, at home.

Corona del Mar (13-7, 7-3 in league) finished tied for second in league. The Sea Kings had a chance to share the league title with Beckman (16-4, 10-0) when the week began, but those hopes were dashed after CdM was upset at Woodbridge, 18-17, in overtime on Monday.

Now CdM awaits its playoff matchup. The coaches' seeding meeting is scheduled for Saturday, with the 16-team playoffs beginning on Tuesday.

Last year, CdM was seeded seventh but advanced all the way to the Orange County title match for the first time in program history before losing to Los Alamitos.


"That [loss to Woodbridge on Monday] was really frustrating for us," CdM senior captain Molly Rovzar said. "Within our league, we felt pretty confident. Saying this humbly, I don't think that was a game we were extremely worried about, and I think it caught us a little bit on our heels. We weren't out there 100% ready to go. In the moment, we were very frustrated, but afterward we pulled together as a team.

"Ultimately, our goal is to go far in playoffs. Losing to Woodbridge may seed us differently within playoffs, but ultimately it doesn't necessarily affect the wins that we are capable of getting and are going to try to get in playoffs."

Rovzar scored a match-high four goals Wednesday for CdM, ranked No. 8 in Southern California by The Sea Kings certainly started strong against No. 3-ranked Beckman. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead on two goals by Rovzar and one by junior Sabrina Smith.

They were the quicker and more aggressive team early. Senior captain Meredith Davin earned a couple of draw controls in the opening minutes, and CdM held a 3-1 advantage at halftime.

"It showed us our potential and kind of built faith into our defense, that they can hang," CdM Coach Aly Vislocky said. "We needed that."

But Beckman rallied early in the second half, tying the score on goals by Kylie Filipek and Bianca LaCavera. This was not necessarily surprising to Beckman Coach Ali Rische, whose team edged CdM, 12-11, in the first league meeting April 8.

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