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CdM upsets state's top team

Girls' Lacrosse

Kline, Sabrina Smith each score five goals as Sea Kings make statement by outlasting Foothill in nonleague game.

April 14, 2014|By Matt Szabo

It was a tough assignment for a Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse team coming off spring break.

The Sea Kings had to play host to Foothill in a nonleague game. Foothill is ranked No. 1 in the state of California by laxpower.com, as well as No. 3 in the western United States behind two teams from Colorado.

Yes, this was a powerhouse, undefeated Foothill team coming off an 18-3 thrashing of CdM's Pacific Coast League rival Beckman on Friday. It would have been easy to lose by a comfortable margin, then talk about improving in the coming weeks for the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs.

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And yet, that simply wasn't enough for this year's Sea Kings.

Instead, they notched one of the biggest wins in program history.

Senior captain Sabrina "Bean" Smith scored the game-winning goal with 36 seconds left as CdM hung on for a 16-15 upset victory. Foothill's potential game-tying goal by senior Julia Taylor was disallowed with two seconds left due to a crease violation.

This year, nobody on the Sea Kings seemed to be using that word, "upset." Not after CdM's second huge win in two weeks, following a 15-11 league win over Beckman on April 2.

"Never felt better," said CdM senior captain Jamie Smith, who had two assists and a couple of key interceptions late in Monday's game. "I thought [beating] Beckman was good enough, but this definitely put a cherry on top."

Sabrina Smith and fellow captain Kacie Kline each scored five goals for the Sea Kings (9-3), ranked No. 8 in Southern California by laxpower.com. But perhaps even more impressive than the win was the way the Sea Kings took it to Foothill (10-1).

They never trailed after the opening minutes of the game, taking a 9-7 halftime lead. The hosts then scored three of the first four goals of the second half, grabbing a 12-8 advantage with 15:40 left when Kline scored off an assist from freshman Kennedy Mulvaney.

The lead was five goals, at 14-9, after Kline scored on a free position shot with 12:50 on the clock. The Sea Kings were playing well and earning most of the draw controls after the draw was taken by Sabrina Smith. They took advantage as Foothill's player who usually takes the draws, sophomore Meridian Lee, was out of town. This week is spring break for the Tustin Unified School District.

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