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Sea Kings stun Patriots

Girls' Lacrosse

Corona del Mar uses six goals from Kline, stellar defense to gain upper hand in Pacific Coast League.

April 03, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Sabrina Smith, sitting center, cheers as she's helped up by teammate Kendall Mulvaney (5) after the Sea Kings beat Beckman, 15-11, in a Pacific Coast League game on Wednesday. Smith tripped as she ran to celebrate with teammates.
Corona del Mar High's Sabrina Smith, sitting center,… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

In terms of the rankings, the result of Wednesday's Pacific Coast League girls' lacrosse match had to be considered an upset.

Beckman came into the match ranked No. 4 in Southern California by laxpower.com, and CdM was No. 10. The Patriots, who own impressive wins over Los Alamitos and Mater Dei, were also the top-ranked team in Orange County. CdM was again at the No. 10 spot.

The team that always seems to have the "LAX power" in the league is Beckman.

But CdM might just be ready to change that this year.

Senior attacker Kacie Kline scored six goals as the Sea Kings posted a dominating 15-11 upset victory at home, and it wasn't even as close as the score suggested. The Sea Kings were ecstatic after the game, taking a team picture in front of the scorer's table.

It wasn't hard to understand why. Corona del Mar, which finished tied for second in league last year with Woodbridge, takes over first place all alone. It's a spot in which the Sea Kings have never been when the season was over. Beckman and CdM shared the league title two years ago, but the Sea Kings have never won the outright crown.

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Now CdM (6-3, 4-0 in league) is nearly halfway to accomplishing just that.

"Our team goal this year is to win league, so this is huge," CdM Coach Aly Simons said. "It's one step toward that goal. We beat Woodbridge last week, and today we beat Beckman. Our goal is becoming hopefully a reality ... We've really stepped up our practices, and I think we had some strategy that helped us today. The girls were mentally prepared.

"According to the rankings, yes, for sure [it's an upset]. [But] I feel like we can compete with all of these teams. I feel like our rankings don't do us justice."

The Sea Kings jumped on Beckman (6-1, 3-1) early in the first half. They scored the first three goals of the contest, all by Kline, with assists going to fellow senior captain Sabrina "Bean" Smith and freshman Kennedy Mulvaney.

Beckman responded with two goals from senior Savannah Krause, both coming as Smith sat out after being issued a yellow card. But the Sea Kings, undeterred, ripped off six straight goals. By the time Mulvaney earned her second assist, finding sophomore Payton Carter in front of the goal, the Patriots were down 9-2 with 5:42 left in the half.

The Sea Kings ran their lead to as many as nine goals, at 14-5, when Kline scored with 10:40 left in the contest.

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