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CdM still owns BOTB

Kline and Carter combine for 10 goals as Sea Kings top Sailors in rivalry game for fifth straight year.

April 18, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse players celebrate beating Newport Harbor, 16-6, during the Battle of the Bay game on Friday.
Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse players celebrate… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

The Battle of the Bay game is special in each sport, but in girls' lacrosse it's maybe just a bit more friendly.

The Newport Wedge girls' lacrosse program was started eight years ago by Lauren Mulvaney and the Davin family. Players from both Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools have started playing there in middle school, before moving on to high school.

CdM Coach Aly Simons has coached both future Sea Kings and Sailors in the Wedge program. She and Newport Harbor Coach Matt Armstrong have a good working relationship. Simons said the Sea Kings and Sailors had a joint practice in December at Newport Harbor High.

"Even though we're competitors, in a lot of ways we're working together to develop Newport Beach lacrosse in general," Simons said.

Simons and Armstrong can be proud of the fact that both programs are currently ranked top 15 in Southern California by laxpower.com. In recent years, however, it has been CdM that has managed to come out on top in the Battle of the Bay game.

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That continued Friday.

CdM senior captain Kacie Kline scored six goals and sophomore Payton Carter added four goals and two assists as CdM romped, 16-6, at home. It's the Sea Kings' fifth straight win in the rivalry game.

The problem after the game was that, for the third straight contest, Simons didn't know which of the Sea Kings deserved the game ball. It was a good problem to have as CdM (11-3) concluded a long week that saw the Sea Kings upset the state's top-ranked team, Foothill, on Monday before taking the long trip to win at Temecula Valley on Wednesday.

"It's been such a hectic week," Kline said. "These have all been decent teams that we've had to be ready for, but Battle of the Bay is so much different than all the other games. You can't go out to Battle of the Bay being like, 'Meh.' Everyone is so excited on the field, both sides. It's just good, clean fun for everyone."

The Sea Kings, who are ranked No. 6 in Southern California and are on a nine-game winning streak, certainly had fun. Kendall Mulvaney had three assists, and fellow senior captain Sabrina "Bean" Smith had two goals, one assist and one interception.

Kennedy Mulvaney also scored twice for the Sea Kings, and Mason Bendetti and Kennedy McGuinness each had a goal and an assist. Senior keeper Kate Allen made 10 saves, and senior captain Jamie Smith had four draw controls.

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