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2012 All-County boys lacrosse team
Slideshow: OCVarsity has selected its 2012 All-County boys lacrosse team, including the player and coach of the year. Click through the slideshow to find the members of the team.
2012 All-County Boys Lacrosse Team
Boys lacrosse player of the year
Corona del Mar
All-County First Team
Michael Keasey, Corona del Mar: 2012 boys lacrosse player of the year. He scored 54 goals, including three in the Sea Kings' South Section title game victory over Peninsula. He also had 33 assists on the season. Keasey will play at Yale in the fall.
Ozzie Hyde, Los Alamitos, attack: The senior had 40 goals and 20 assists. He also had 40 groundballs. "I am very proud of Ozzie. He has represented us very well, and will do great things in his next stage of life," said Los Alamitos coach Ben Barchey.
Jack Ortlieb, Corona del Mar, attack: The junior had 56 goals and 25 assists. "Jack is such a creative player," said Sea Kings coach G.W. Mix. "He is one of the most determined athletes I have watched compete in practice and games. He is a tireless worker who quickly makes his opponent pay dearly for making a cover mistake on defense."
Casey Mix, Corona del Mar, attack: The junior had 44 goals and 36 assists. "As a coach, I am so proud of Casey," CdM coach G.W. Mix said of his son. "He has overcome so much adversity, missing the last several games of his freshman year and the final six games as a sophomore, with season-ending injuries, only to turn around and have a remarkable junior year ... As a parent, I am grateful for his devotion to his teammates and his desire to continue the tradition his brother helped build." Casey's brother, Ryan, was a 2009 CdM graduate is now a sophomore attack man at Notre Dame.
Aaron Self, San Clemente, midfielder: The senior did it all for the Tritons, scoring 24 goals with 12 assists and hauling in 98 groundballs. He also had four defensive takeaways. "Aaron is a great young man," said Tritons coach Glen Miles. "All of us at SCHS are very proud of his leadership, his heart for others and what he was able to accomplish with his teammates this season."
Matt Duenes, St. Margaret's, midfielder: The senior had 29 goals and 24 assists. He also had 32 groundballs and 12 defensive takeaways. "Matt has been a mainstay at the midfield position for us for the past four years," said assistant coach Bryan Harney. "He definitely ranks high amongst the great athletes to have played for St. Margaret's. Not only was Matt the team points leader, but he was the consummate teammate and leader both on the field and in the classroom. I know that I speak for the rest of the St. Margaret's coaching staff and faculty when I wish him the best as he realizes his dream of attending the United States Air Force Academy."
Taylor Epp, Corona del Mar, longstick midfielder, face-off specialist: Epp, a senior, won 245 face-offs, about 69 percent of the ones he was involved in. "Taylor was a guy who could have been a talented offensive player for us," said Sea Kings coach G.W. Mix. "Instead, we asked him to dedicate himself to becoming our face-off specialist. In a short period of time, he developed into one of the most dominant face-off midfielders we have ever had. He played a huge role in our success this season."
Conor Mullarky, Santa Margarita, defender: Mullarky, a senior, had 37 groundballs and 32 defensive takeaways. "Connor faced the best attack man every game and did a great job on his assignments all year long," said Eagles coach Brad Reppert. "He's a player that any coach would love to have. He's a hard worker, great leader and always brings a good attitude."
Dewey Wilson, Newport Harbor, defender: Wilson, a senior, had 50 groundballs and 57 defensive stops and takeaways. "His speed and ability to quickly change direction, coupled with his quick hands, surprising strength and mastery of lacrosse skills needed for his position, makes him a most formidable defenseman," said Sailors coach Mark Todd.
Connor Cruse, Corona del Mar, defender: Cruse, a senior, made many big plays for the Sea Kings during the regular season and in the playoffs. "Connor is a very talented athlete who has only been playing lacrosse for two years," said Sea Kings coach G.W. Mix. "Last season, he was a midfielder for us. We switched him to defense this fall and he quickly became our best cover guy. He is an extremely hard worker and his success and accolades this season prove that hard work trumps years of unmotivated experience."
Michael Ortlieb, Corona del Mar, goalie: Ortlieb, a senior, had 179 saves, a save percentage of 71. He allowed an average of just over three goals a game. "Michael is one of the most selfless players I have ever coached," said Sea Kings coach G.W. Mix. "Two summers ago, we asked him to move from attack (where he was all-Pacific Coast League) to goalie. He understood it was the best chance for the team to have success. I never had to ask him twice, and in two short years he has become one of the top high school goalies in the nation." Ortlieb is headed to Holy Cross to play lacrosse next year.
Coach of the Year
G.W. Mix, Corona del Mar: The third-year coach led the Sea Kings to a 24-0 record, including their first county and Southern Section championships. "It was really nice to see a group of kids who have worked so hard and done things the right way get rewarded for that, because it doesn't always happen," Mix said. "And, obviously, a lot of things have to come together for a team to have as nice a season as we had, but a lot of those things kind of fell into place and a lot of the credit goes to the kids and the other coaches on the staff for making it work." Read more about Mix.
All-County Second Team
Peyton Garrett, San Clemente, attack
Robbie Burns, San Clemente, attack
Hayden Ruiz, Santa Margarita, attack
Jake Craycraft, El Toro, midfielder
Sterling Hardy, Los Alamitos, midfielder
Scott McGowan, St. Margaret's, long stick midfielder/face-off specialist
Ravi Dhouni, Santa Margarita, defender
Tilghman Tuebner, Servite, defender
Alex Keuilian, Foothill, defender
Ronnie Pisano, Santa Margarita, goalie