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Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

CdM senior captain, a four-year varsity player and team's leading scorer, came up large in win over Beckman.

April 11, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Kacie Kline is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Corona del Mar High's Kacie Kline is the Daily Pilot… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Kacie Kline seems to perfectly fit into her different roles on the Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse team.

The senior is an aggressive player, which makes her perfect for the position known simply as "attack." Kline, who wears No. 3, is exceeding that number in terms of goals per game. She leads the Sea Kings with 42 goals this season.

But Kline's leadership is just as valuable off the field. She takes her role as a captain very seriously, especially on a young CdM team that features five freshmen, many of whom play important roles.

Kline knows what it's like to play on varsity as a freshman. When she did it three years ago, she couldn't help but be intimidated. First, she had to make the team, and even that wasn't a given. Kline picked the sport up quickly after starting in eighth grade with the Newport Wedge program, but making varsity was a whole different animal.

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Coach Aly Simons named the team over time during tryouts. One day, now-senior Sabrina "Bean" Smith made the team, but Kline did not hear her name called. She couldn't help but feel discouraged. Torrey Attyah, then a junior on the team, offered encouragement.

"We went to get dinner that night, after 'Bean' had made it," Kline said. "[Attyah] told me, 'Keep working as hard as you are, and I promise that good things will happen.' The next day at practice I gave it my all. I wanted it so badly, and then [Simons] called my name that day."

Now the senior captain, Kline pays it forward along with the other three CdM senior captains, Sabrina Smith, Kendall Mulvaney and Jamie Smith. Kline calls the three girls her best friends, but she also has gone out of her way to make sure the freshmen feel welcome as well.

Before last week's big Pacific Coast League game against Beckman, Simons gave "partners" to members of the team. Kline's partner was a freshman, Kendall's sister Kennedy Mulvaney.

"We wrote each other notes, and you talk to them on the bus," Kline said. "I think what's so important about it is the chemistry that you make ... This is the closest team I've been on, and it really does show on the field. As a freshman on the team, I was always scared of the seniors. That was one of our main things this year, to make sure that everyone feels on an equal level, regardless of age. I think we've done well at that so far."

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