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Girls' Lacrosse: CdM edged in OT

Sea Kings' season ends in first round of playoffs.

April 30, 2013|By Matt Szabo

CORONA DEL MAR — The Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse program will miss the class of 2013.

Coach Aly Vislocky has been coaching the senior class for more than six years now. She has seen the players put in the work.

But that work ended suddenly Tuesday afternoon at CdM. The Sea Kings' season did the same, as they fell to Trabuco Hills in overtime, 15-14, in a U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division first-round playoff match.

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No. 8-seeded CdM (13-8) lost a late lead in regulation against No. 9 Trabuco Hills (12-5-2). Vislocky said the program lost more than that after the final whistle blew.

"[The senior class] didn't get 'senioritis,'" Vislocky said. "They're the best leaders ever. It's disappointing that the season ends for them, but in terms of the example, the intensity they've left [going] forward? Oh my gosh, we can only build on it. Five years ago, when I started coaching here, we didn't have that necessarily. Each year we've had to grow and grow, and this senior class is like the example of all those years combined.

"Their whole closing speech was, 'We're leaving this to you guys now, and run with this passion because you're going to be good.' Now we just need to teach them lacrosse, the young girls, because the example is there."

Trabuco Hills plays at top-seeded defending champion Los Alamitos in a quarterfinal match Thursday. The Mustangs earned it at CdM, rallying from a 7-4 halftime deficit. Trabuco Hills scored the first four goals of the second half to surge to an 8-7 lead.

The Sea Kings, who made a surprise run to the South Division title match last year, took back the lead. They had a 12-10 advantage after junior Sabrina Smith scored with 2:54 left in regulation. But Trabuco Hills would not fold.

The visitors got a goal from senior Hope Dodd with 1:21 left. Then, after senior Hannah Redwine earned a draw control, Dodd scored again with 52 seconds left.

CdM junior Kacie Kline, who scored six goals to tie Dodd for match-high honors, said the Mustangs' rally was disappointing.

"I think that they're really good, but I think that we're a better team, all in all," Kline said. "We just broke down a little bit. It was kind of like, 'Oh my God, this could be our last game.' Everyone was so stressed out, and it was dropped balls and bad passes, such small things that made the biggest difference. The refs were very nit-picky too, and I don't think we're used to that type of reffing, either.

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