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Boys' Lacrosse: CdM advances to final

Sea Kings own fourth quarter against JSerra, and are one match away from repeating in division.

May 05, 2013|By Matt Szabo

ALISO VIEJO — The song "Encore" by Jay-Z played during the last timeout in the fourth quarter.

It wasn't easy. But on Saturday night at Aliso Niguel, the Corona del Mar High boys' lacrosse team got a step closer to quite an encore indeed.

The top-seeded Sea Kings pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 4 JSerra, 8-5, in a U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division semifinal match. They're now one match away from defending their title.

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CdM will play No. 3-seeded St. Margaret's in the Orange County title match on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Mission Viejo High. St. Margaret's got past No. 2-seeded Foothill, 19-6, in the second semifinal match Saturday.

St. Margaret's is one of just two teams to defeat CdM (18-2) this year. The Tartans pulled it off in overtime, 12-11, on April 12.

Now CdM gets a shot at revenge with the title on the line. Getting to the championship match means a lot to the program.

"The level of play in Orange County has just gotten better and better and better," CdM Coach G.W. Mix said. "To be fortunate enough to be one of the two that are going to play for the championship, it means a lot more now than it did five, 10 years ago. You've got to beat some damn good teams ... it makes it even more special."

Mix got back a special player Saturday in Holy Cross-bound attacker Jack Ortlieb, who had missed four games with a hamstring injury. Ortlieb made his presence felt for CdM, scoring a pair of goals.

The first goal was memorable. With time running down in the first half, Ortlieb took the pass from Hugh Crance and fired a shot from 30 yards out. It found the back of the net with just two seconds to go, giving the Sea Kings a 3-2 halftime advantage.

"I just put it on goal and luckily it went in," Ortlieb said. "I've never even come close to [a goal like that], so that was exciting. It was one of the luckier things that I've done. I'm glad it went in, though."

JSerra (15-5) did not fold. The Lions got a goal from sophomore midfielder Jake Schleppy to tie the score at 3-3. Then, after CdM senior Brett Nelson scored from the outside, JSerra junior Brenden Lynch answered with 4:39 remaining in the third quarter.

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