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CdM owns Battle of Bay

Boys' Lacrosse

Sea Kings defense stifling, as CdM claims ninth straight rivalry win over Newport Harbor.

March 28, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar's Daniel McCabe falls over Newport Harbor's John Mooers during the Battle of the Bay on Friday.
Corona del Mar's Daniel McCabe falls over Newport… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

In a span of just hours Friday, four Corona del Mar High juniors got both bling and bragging rights.

Hoyt and Hugh Crance, Brett Greenlee and Chad Redfearn, all starters on defense for the CdM football team that won CIF Southern Section Southern Division, CIF State Southern California Regional Division III and CIF State Division III championships last fall, got their championship rings in a ceremony on campus.

Later Friday afternoon, they again started on defense, this time for the CdM boys' lacrosse team against rival Newport Harbor.

There remains no doubt about the champion in this Back Bay rivalry.

CdM dominated the Battle of the Bay game, 13-4, at its home field, winning the rivalry game for the ninth straight year.

The football team started just one senior on defense by the end of the season. The lacrosse team also is seemingly young, with just three seniors, but not necessarily in terms of experience. There are key players from the team that advanced to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division final last year, losing to St. Margaret's.

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"We have quite a few kids back from last year," said Hoyt Crance, the goalie, who made five saves Friday. "We've been trying to work on our communication, and I think that's helped us progress throughout the year. You kind of know them as a football player, and I guess that kind of helps knowing them as a lacrosse player at the same time. It's really fun."

CdM (6-0) is ranked No. 2 in Southern California and No. 9 in the state by laxpower.com. The defense has been stifling, giving up just more than three goals per game on average.

Hugh Crance, a co-captain with his brother, contributed six ground balls and forced six turnovers against the Sailors. Greenlee, had three ground balls and also forced six turnovers, while Ryan Brown and Jason Simaan added three ground balls each.

Senior Daniel McCabe, Brown and junior Brian Leguay also are defensive leaders for the Sea Kings, who held the Sailors to just two goals late into the fourth quarter.

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