Ip shines as CDM survives Yorba Linda in season opener

NEWPORT BEACH- No. 3 Corona Del Mar (1-0) survived a late surge by No. 8 Yorba Linda (0-1) and pulled off a dramatic 6-5 win at home on Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.

Freshman midfielder was the star of the Sea Kings offensively and began his high school career in impressive fashion with two goals and an assist that turned out to be the game winner. CDM head coach was very impressed by his freshman phenom after the game.

“He’s really talented,” Mix said. “He works really hard. You come out here on Saturday morning and he’s out there. A couple of our freshman have been doing that since our Surf Dog program until now and they work real hard at their craft.”

Freshman had a memorable high school lacrosse debut with two goals and an assist (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

The Mustangs got off to a hot start and opened the scoring in the first quarter with two quick goals within eight seconds of each other, but CDM came back with two of their own to tie it at two apiece. The Sea Kings held strong defensively in the second frame and outscored Yorba Linda 2-0 (both by Ip) to hold a slim 4-2 lead at halftime.

Each team scored a goal in the third quarter, and then came the Mustangs with a chance for arguably the biggest upset in the very young season in the fourth. (1g, 2a) scored the game-tying goal to knot things up at five aside with 1:43 left in the game.

A costly penalty by Yorba Linda gave Corona Del Mar the ball back with little time to take advantage, and after a nifty pass by Ip, (1g) flicked in a shot right in front of the opposing cage and that was all she wrote, The Sea Kings survived a very talented Yorba Linda team.

“We’ve got a lot of young faces, a lot of new faces,” Mix said. “We’ve got a long way to go but a couple of our veterans did a great job.”

had a strong season debut in net for the Sea Kings with 15 saves, 10 of which came in the second half.

“He’s a good one,” Mix said, bluntly.

Yorba Linda fogo (right) won 8 of 12 faceoffs in the Mustangs 6-5 loss to CDM on Tuesday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

Outside of Ip and Kelly, the Sea Kings received offensive contributions from (2g), (1g), and Tanner Beasy (1a). CDM lost the faceoff battle thanks to Yorba Linda’s fogo , who won eight of 12 matchups at the ‘X.’

“Ryan Henry is pretty good, and I thought Lucas (Newton) did good containing him and limiting him to a few fast break type possessions,” Mix said.

(1g), (2g), and (1g) all contributed on offense for the Mustangs.

Yorba Linda will host their home opener on Thursday when they take on No. 10 Servite and CDM will return to the field Saturday with a home match against Beckman.



Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com