CdM refuses to fall to St. Margaret's


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – By the 8:06 mark of the fourth quarter, the outcome in the majority of games played by the Corona del Mar boys lacrosse team is usually decided.

The Sea Kings have won 11 games this season by at least seven goals and nine by at least 11.

So after St. Margaret’s Kevin Cox scored to give the Tartans a one-goal lead with 8:06 left, the Sea Kings were in unchartered territory, facing a late-game deficit.

They didn’t seem all that concerned, though.

CdM responded with three consecutive goals, including the eventual deciding goal from Nino Chavez with 3:05 left, to escape with a 7-5 victory over St. Margaret’s in a nonleague game Wednesday at St. Margaret’s.

“We have some experienced kids that know what it takes to win big games and they showed up that’s for sure,” CdM coach G.W. Mix said.

Both teams started the game relying on their goalies. At times, CdM’s Hoyt Crance and St. Margaret’s Payton Fales traded spectacular saves and the scoreboard reflected it as CdM (14-0) led, 2-1, at halftime.

“Hoyt (Crance) is one of the best and Payton (Fales) showed tonight that he’s one of the best,” Mix said. “That was a great dual between the two of them. They made it very difficult for two teams that are used to scoring goals.

“It was fun. It was a good lacrosse game that went back and forth.”

CdM’s Stephen Von der Ahe and Sherwin Gersten scored in the third quarter for a 4-1 lead. The Tartans responded by getting four consecutive shots past Crance, something that seemed unlikely early in the game, to take a 5-4 lead.

“We approach every game like it will be our toughest game,” said Crance, who finished with nine saves. “As of right now, this was our toughest game. Their goalie Payton Fales played outstandingly well, their offense did a great job and their face-off guy Ryan Harnisch played very well.”

Fales had 13 saves for the Tartans (15-3).

“I can’t do it without the defense we had,” Crance said. “I let them down on a couple of goals, but we were able to come together as a unit.”

In the Pacific Coast League

Beckman 15, Irvine 6: Ryan King scored five goals and Jake Waltz added four with three assists to lead the visiting Patriots (10-4).

Alex Malmlund and Alex Watson had two goals apiece for Beckman.

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