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CdM can't keep up

Girls' Lacrosse

Sea Kings fall at Capo Valley, but coach sees flashes of greatness as league begins Monday.

March 20, 2014|By Matt Szabo

MISSION VIEJO — There are three Mulvaney sisters on the field this year for the Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse team.

Senior Kendall Mulvaney, one of four team captains, is joined by her freshman twin sisters Kennedy and Katherine. All three played substantial minutes in Thursday evening's nonleague game at Capistrano Valley.

There was only one Eggeman out there for the Cougars.

It just felt like more.

Senior Riley Eggeman scored eight goals as Capo Valley rolled over the Sea Kings, 16-6.

Eggeman, bound for the University of Denver, is last year's Sea View League MVP and Orange County Player of the Year. She is hoping to engineer a big senior season for powerhouse Capo Valley (4-0), which is ranked No. 3 in Southern California by laxpower.com.

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But Kendall Mulvaney, who also is headed to Denver but for soccer, hopes to do the same for the Sea Kings, ranked No. 18 in Southern California. She and the other senior captains, fellow attackers Kacie Kline and Sabrina "Bean" Smith as well as midfielder Jamie Smith, have plenty of varsity experience.

The Sea Kings (2-3) played Capo Valley even in the second half, but the deficit was far too much to overcome. Eggeman scored six of her goals in the first half as Capo Valley opened up a 12-2 halftime advantage.

"This has been the key to all of the games we've played," said CdM Coach Aly Simons (formerly Vislocky). "We have moments where we look great, and we have moments where we don't look good. In those moments, the other team tends to capitalize ... but if we can clean up those moments that we're down and play our game the whole time, I'm confident we can compete at that level.

"We adjust well in the second half, but I don't think it should take a half for us to figure that out. It needs to be done earlier. But again, at the girls' best, I'm very confident in how they play. The Aliso Niguel game, we were in it the whole game. We lost [15-14], but we were in it. I'm using that game as like our baseline. I'm going to hold them to that high standard, because I know they can do it. "

Sabrina Smith scored all three of her goals for CdM in the second half. She was given the game ball by Simons after she also racked up a team-best eight ground balls, and controlled four draws.

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