No. 2 CdM Edges No. 3 St. Margaret’s

These guys are good!.  In a game that lived up to the hype, No. 2 Corona del Mar edged No. 3 St. Margaret’s 7-5 Wednesday night. The game, which may have been the best one played in the OC this year, was a see-saw affair from beginning to end.  The outcome was still in doubt  when  plunked the ball into an empty net with 31 seconds left in the game to give the the Sea Kings a 7-5 lead.

Played in front of a full set of bleachers occupied by lacrosse fans from throughout the County, the game had not only local interest , but also regional implications. Corona del Mar is ranked No. 5 and St. Margaret’s No. 10 in the Under Armour/IL Regional Experts Poll.

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(2) scored the first goal of the game.

The tone for the game was set early with neither team able to score until  (1g) scored for the Tartans at about the 7 minute mark of the first period, putting the Sea Kings in an unfamiliar place, behind in the score.   (3g) answered about five minutes later with the first of his three goals to send the Tartans and Sea Kings into the second period tied at one apiece.

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(11) had two assists.  Here he  avoids pressure from (29). (4) is ready for action.

Defense on both ends of the field continued to prevail in the second quarter.  CdM controlled time of possession but the St. Margaret’s team defense was not relinquishing much time or space to the CdM shooters.   (1g) with an assist from Stephen Von der  (1g, 1a) scored the only goal of the quarter to send the Sea Kings into halftime with a 2-1 lead.

Von der Ahe and Gersten built the CdM lead to 4-1 in the third quarter.  With CdM continuing to control time of possession, it was beginning to feel that the Sea Kings might start to pull away.  The Tartans had different thoughts though.    (1g) scored in the last minute of the quarter to cut the difference to two points.  Then unanswered goals by (assisted by ), Suh (1g, 1a) on a deft look-one-way shoot-the-other rip from 10 yards out, and   (1g) in the first four minutes of Q4 gave the Tartans the lead and the momentum with eight minutes to play.

The SMES defense continued to stifle the Sea Kings until Gersten broke through with his third goal at about the four minute mark to tie the game.   (1g) put the Sea Kings back in the lead about a minute later with an assist from  (2a).  CdM’s possession game became their best defender after the Chavez goal, and Palitz iced the game with his empty net goal to reach the final score of 7-5.

had five saves for the Sea Kings. (7 gb) and (1 gb) spearheaded the CdM defense.

The faceoff battle between -bound and Brown-bound also lived up to expectations, with each winning about half of the faceoffs. Greenlee, Harnisch’s future teammate , was a huge factor playing the wing on the faceoffs.

Delgado (5 gb), James Connolly (4 gb), (1 gb), and all impressed on defense for the Tartans. Once again came up big in a big game with 15 saves.

Next up: CdM (14-0) travels to Harvard-Westlake on April 28.  The Tartans (15-3)  close out their regular season when the host (7-7) on Saturday.