Sea Kings Too Much for Tartans in Semifinal

Irvine – The top-seeded Corona Del Mar boys lacrosse team proved too much for fourth-ranked St. Margaret’s, as the Sea Kings topped the Tartans 13-4 on Saturday at Portola High School in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs.

The top-ranked Sea Kings (18-2) will play third-seeded Foothill in the county championship match on Wednesday at Irvine High School at 7:30 p.m. The Knights upset second-seeded San Clemente 14-9 in the other semifinal.

“We moved the ball really well and the kids did a terrific job of playing unselfish offense,” Sea Kings Coach G.W. Mix said.

The two teams faced one another in the regular season, where the Sea Kings beat the Tartans 12-4 on April 19 at St. Margaret’s.

From the opening faceoff, the Sea Kings were never in any danger, as they held the Tartans scoreless in the first half, but only led 4-0 at halftime.

After the Sea Kings struck early in the third quarter, St. Margaret’s ended CdM’s shutout thanks to a goal from Andy Shin at the 7:59 mark, making the score 5-1. But after that goal, the Sea Kings never looked back and didn’t allow the Tartans to get into any rhythm whatsoever.

“The defense did a terrific job holding them to four goals, but they also did a really nice job of playing good solid team defense and not letting them go on any runs,” Mix said.

The Sea Kings were led by Will Favreau and Kyle Young who each had three goals while Sachin Gokhale and Ryan Meckler had two goals apiece, with Sachin chipping in four assists. Bobby Purcifull, Nick Puglia and Blaine Nelsen had one goal apiece and goalie Kyle Cord made eight saves.

“We’ve been working hard all year and we worked hard for each other. It’s been an incredible season so far and I can’t wait for Wednesday,” Nelsen said.

Shin and Kevin Groeninger each had two goals for St. Margaret’s. Goalie Zane Handy made seven saves for the Tartans.

The Sea Kings will get a chance to defend their county championship crown, as they play Foothill for the second time this season. CdM and Foothill met in the regular season with CdM winning 11-4.

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Teran Rodriguez
Teran Rodriguez has been a member of the MaxLax family for three years (going on four).