OC Boys’ Lacrosse Countdown: No. 3 Corona Del Mar

As usual, Corona Del Mar is expected to be one of the top teams in the County. The Sea Kings always produce great talent, and they never seem to rebuild, just reload.

For eight straight season under head coach G.W. Mix, the Sea Kings have won a minimum of 15 games.  They have reached the County finals three years in a row and seem to have a standing reservation for the semi-finals.

Last year, the Sea Kings came up just short of a second consecutive County championship after a dominant 16-2 regular season. The Sea Kings were dethroned in a 9-3 act of revenge by Foothill in the County championship game. This came after beating Foothill convincingly 11-4 at home on March 18, 2017.

This season will present some new (but familiar) challenges for Corona Del Mar, as they will be looking to replace top players from last year. In addition, to losing  Player of the Year Jordan Pakzad (defense) to Rutgers,  the Sea Kings said farewell to First-Team All-County performers Brennan Greenwald (defense) Sachin Gokhale (attack), Will Favreau (midfield), Nick Puglia (faceoff middie), who have all graduated, as well as a number of other integral parts from the class of 2017.

Defense is always a CdM hallmark, and 2018 is unlikely to be any different with junior goalie Kyle Cord returning after earning First-Team All-County honors last season.  Senior pole Landon Whitney should also be ready to take a lead role on the defensive end of the field after a Second Team All-County season with help from junior LSM Kenan Ressler.

Senior attack Eric Fries was a Second-Team  All-County performer last year, and he will be dangerous again this year.  Senior Bobby Purcifull will shore up the midfield.

The Sea Kings will begin their quest for vengeance Feb. 27 in a road match with Yorba Linda at 6 p.m. They host Trinity League power Santa Margarita March 13 and have a rematch against Foothill on the road on March 17.

Here is their schedule (courtesy of Corona Del Mar Athletics):

Varsity
Tue
02/27/2018
@ Yorba Linda
6:00PM
Yorba Linda HS
Varsity
Sat
03/03/2018
@ Servite
12:00PM
Servite
Varsity
Wed
03/07/2018
NEWPORT HARBOR
3:00PM
CDM
Varsity
Sat
03/10/2018
HIGHLAND PARK (TX)
12:00PM
CDM
Varsity
Tue
03/13/2018
SANTA MARGARITA
3:15PM
CDM
Varsity
Sat
03/17/2018
@ Foothill
5:00PM
Tustin HS
Varsity
Tue
03/20/2018
LOS ALAMITOS
3:30PM
CDM
Varsity
Mon
03/26/2018
GRANITE BAY (Sac)
6:00PM
Orange Coast College
Varsity
Sat
03/31/2018
TESORO
12:00PM
CDM
Varsity
Tue
04/03/2018
@ Cathedral Catholic
7:00PM
Cathedral Catholic
Varsity
Thu
04/05/2018
JESUIT (Sac)
3:30PM
CDM
Varsity
Sat
04/07/2018
@ Beckman
12:00PM
Beckman
Varsity
Wed
04/11/2018
ST. MARGARET’S
4:00PM
CDM
Varsity
Sat
04/14/2018
@ Trabuco Hills
4:00PM
Trabuco Hills HS
Varsity
Tue
04/17/2018
@ San Ramon Valley (SF)
7:00PM
San Ramon Valley
Varsity
Thu
04/19/2018
@ San Marcos (SB)
5:00PM
San Marcos (SB)
Varsity
Sat
04/28/2018
@ San Clemente
12:00PM
San Clemente

 

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