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CdM believes in 'Bean'

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior captain, who scored five goals in upset win over Foothill, has contributed for surging Sea Kings in a variety of ways.

April 26, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Sabrina Smith of Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Sabrina Smith of Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Go to a Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse game, and you probably won't hear the name "Sabrina" uttered once by any of the Sea Kings.

Senior Sabrina Smith? She goes by "Bean," a funny nickname for the tall and slender Smith, who stands 5-foot-10.

When she was a baby Smith's parents, Todd and Sherry, called her "Sabrina Bo-Bina," which was soon shortened to "Bean." Then, in first grade, there was another Sabrina in her class at Harbor View Elementary. The teacher asked if either of the girls had a nickname.

"I said my nickname was 'Bean,' and it pretty much stuck from there," Sabrina Smith said. "Everyone that was in that class started calling me "Bean," and it just spread. It's pretty funny. My friends or my sister will introduce me as 'Bean.'"

But Smith is much more than just a nickname to the Sea Kings. Her presence amounts to much more than just a hill of beans.

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The four-year varsity player is one of four team captains for CdM (13-3). She moved from midfielder to attack this year, partly so she wouldn't have to run as much as she has dealt with plantar fasciitis and shin splints.

Smith, the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week, has played through the pain. Through Monday's league victory over Woodbridge, she has delivered 37 goals and 17 assists this year. She also has stepped up as the primary draw taker this year, taking over for graduate Molly Rovzar, who now plays at University of Colorado Boulder.

Through Monday, Smith had controlled 56 draws. If the ball goes in the air off the draw, Smith has an advantage with her height. If it doesn't, she can usually trust fellow senior captain Jamie Smith or sophomore Payton Carter to scoop up the ball.

"We've focused on draws a lot this year," Sabrina Smith said. "I couldn't do it alone, obviously ... I really trust them when they're on the circle."

The soft-spoken Smith is quick to spread the praise around. But individually, she had one of her best games as the Sea Kings shocked Foothill, 16-15, on April 14. It was a stunning upset of the No. 1-ranked team in the state by laxpower.com, and Smith played a big role.

She scored a season-high five goals, including the game-winner off an eight-meter shot with 36 seconds left. The total tied her for game-high honors with fellow senior captain Kacie Kline, and CdM escaped with the one-goal upset victory.

Coach Aly Simons, for one, was not surprised that "Bean" would deliver.

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