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CdM suffers upset

Boys' Lacrosse

Sea Kings can't complete rally, as Beckman pulls off stunner at Tustin High Friday.

April 04, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

TUSTIN — As Corona del Mar High began to mount a comeback on Friday, an assistant coach told the boys' lacrosse team of what he believed was the inevitable.

"They're going to fall," said Jeremy Sieverts, referring to Beckman.

In the past, that has always been the case. The Sea Kings always beat the Patriots, and they always beat them up badly. The teams met a dozen times in the previous six seasons, CdM winning by an average of 11 goals per game.

Eleven goals are how much the Sea Kings needed to score in their latest matchup to knock off Beckman again. They never got there.

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The Patriots weren't the ones who fell on Friday. The Sea Kings dropped their first game against Beckman and their first game of the season, suffering a 10-9 upset at Tustin High.

CdM (6-1), ranked No. 12 in the state by laxpower.com, looked on in disbelief. The Patriots (8-2) rushed the field after the Sea Kings' Hail Mary pass at the end failed to give a CdM player a chance to shoot and possibly tie the game.

"We almost pulled it off," CdM Coach G.W. Mix said with a laugh, but he wasn't in a happy mood.

The Sea Kings played without two stars, attacker Jordan Greenhall (knee) and defender Hugh Crance (ankle), who's bound for the University of Notre Dame. Despite the key injuries, the Sea Kings led, 3-1, after the first period, and then they unraveled in the next 12 minutes.

This was so unlike CdM, which has reached the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division finals in four of the past five seasons. Nevertheless, CdM allowed Beckman to score five goals in the second period on standout goalie Hoyt Crance.

Things got so out of control in the second period that a referee called Mix for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during a CdM timeout with 3:08 left in the first half. Mix argued that he didn't say a word, but to no avail. With the Sea Kings trailing 5-3, a CdM player served the penalty because a coach cannot.

Fifty-nine seconds later, CdM appeared to make it a one-goal game. But there was one problem, the player serving the penalty released a second too early. The goal didn't count, and then 42 seconds later, Alex Knox recorded his second first-half goal to put the Patriots up, 6-3.

The Patriots went into halftime with the three-goal lead, and it grew to four on Knox's third goal, coming two minutes into the second half. Goalie Matt Allen, who shut out CdM for almost 15 minutes, finally gave up a goal to Brett Greenlee with 8:42 left in the third period.

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