The Corona del Mar boys’ lacrosse team overcame an early 5-1 deficit to earn a road victory against Santa Margarita on Saturday. Richard Eusey propelled the CdM comeback by scoring four goals including a natural hat trick to open the the second half. Jackson Guizan also played a key role in the comeback a goal and four assists.
One-goal games have become the norm between these two teams. Santa Margarita defeated CdM 7-6 twice last year, including a season ending loss in the County quarterfinals.
However, Saturday started out looking anything like a CdM win or a one-goal game. Ryan Olsker was hot between the pipes with six early saves and the Eagles’ jumped out to a 3-0 first quarter lead with goals from Henry Miller, Jack Allender and Connor Kentros.
The Eagles’ pushed the lead up to 4-0 early in the second quarter thanks to a goal from Tyler Wrightson. Then the tide began to turn. Starting with Nate Montgomery’s goal CdM scored was able to pull to within 5-3 by halftime.
The Sea Kings’ defense gave the Eagles a taste of their own medicine in the third quarter by keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard. With the defense doing their part, Eusey scored the first three goals of the second half and Logan Ip added one of his own to give the Sea Kings a 7-5 lead with 12 minutes left to play.
3 Kings! #22 Newton with 9 face-off wins. #30 Guizan with 4 assists. #15 Eusey with 4 goals. Big thanks to Santa Margarita for being such great hosts. pic.twitter.com/3sbUSGZZXy
— CdM Boys Lacrosse (@CdMBoysLAX) March 16, 2019
In the fourth quarter, Kentros brought Santa Margarita to within one, but Simon Hall pushed CdM’s lead up to 8-6. Jason Cwertnia brought the Eagles to within 8-7 with 1:45 left in the game but the Eagles were unable to force overtime.
The Sea Kings improved to 5-0 with the win while Santa Margarita fell to 1-6.
Up next for the Sea Kings, their Sunset League opener at Huntington Beach. For the Eagles (1-6), they play the reigning South Division champion St. Margaret’s in a rematch of last year’s semifinal on Friday.