Corona del Mar, ranked No. 2 in Orange County, remained unbeaten on the season Tuesday, jumping out to a 12-1 halftime lead at Harvard Westlake and coasting to a 15-8 win over the No. 6 Wolverines.
The Sea Kings (15-0) led 14-4 entering the fourth quarter and already had most of their starting offensive players on the bench. They pulled their defensive starters in the fourth, and Harvard Westlake made the score look respectable.
Faceoff specialist Jason Simaan (pictured, above) jump-started the Sea Kings’ attack, winning four of six faceoffs in the first quarter as CdM took a 4-1 lead. Simaan, a junior who is committed to Brown University, won 11 draws in the game against Wolverines’ faceoff man Philip Thompson, a junior committed to Princeton.
The faceoff advantage helped CdM keep the ball in its offensive end most of the first half. The Sea Kings’ defense, which came in allowing fewer than three goals per game on average, surrendered only one in the first half. That came after an errant Wolverines’ pass managed to squirt through the crease and reach middie Oliver Levitt on the weakside. Levitt’s shot beat goalie Hoyt Crance, a senior committed to Yale.
Outside of that, Crance was hardly tested, making only one save in the first half.
Seniors Max Kline and Nino Chavez each scored three goals for the Sea Kings, and juniors Jordan Greenhall, Stephen Von Der Ahe and Nate Neuman had two apiece. Greenhall also recorded three assists.
Senior attack Roman Holthouse scored four goals to lead Harvard Westlake, but three of those came in the fourth quarter against CdM’s second-line defense. He managed only one — with 50 seconds left in the third quarter and HW trailing 14-3 — when covered by the Sea Kings’ Hugh Crance, a senior committed to Notre Dame.