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The monkey is gone! Kings end Foothill's reign.

 After three attempts, CDM (22-0) was finally able to move past Foothill (11-9) in the Orange County playoffs and advance to the championship, without the Knights waiting for them in the final. The Kings put an end to Foothill's five year reign as Orange County champions with a 7-5 win Saturday night at Aliso Niguel High School.

CDM had fallen to Foothill twice in the Orange County Championship in 2009 and 2010. The win on Saturday assured it would not happen a third time in 2012.

"What a great win for our kids and our program," said CDM head coach G.W. Mix. "Foothill has had a remarkable run. Some of that has been at our expense, so it feels great for our kids to be able to be the ones to put a stop to it."

Senior midfielder Michael Keasey and junior attackman Casey Mix paced the Sea King offense with three goals apiece. Hunter Molnar (Sr/Attack) added a goal, while Keasey, Jack Ortlieb (Jr/Attack) and Todd Kitzens (Jr/Attack) each had an assist.

"I did not think it was our finest display of offensive patience and poise, but it was enough to get the job done. The good news is we had an off night on offense and were still able to get out of here with a win. It feels good to get that monkey off our back. We'll take it."

Several CDM players were on the team that lost to Foothill in 2009 and or 2010, including seniors Connor Canale, Taylor Epp, Erik Fisher, Michael Keasey, Hunter Molnar and Michael Ortlieb, along with juniors Casey Mix, Brett Nelson and Jack Ortlieb.

Molnar, whose brother Noah was an All-American midfielder on CDM's 2009 team and currently plays for Lehigh University, talked about what it meant to keep the current playoff run going.

"My brother gave me phone call … and just cheered me on, [saying], 'You got to do what I couldn't,'" Molnar said. "I know he's so proud of me. They started the program and we've just followed in their footsteps. We just want to take it to the next level."

Taylor Epp was again dominant in the face-off department, winning 12 of 18 draws (.666).

"We were very concerened about the battle for face-offs coming in. Taylor has been so good all season, but so has Foothill's kid. Taylor did what he's been doing all year - fighting and scrapping to get us the ball."

The Sea Kings' defense held Foothill to just five goals, their second lowest total all season. Michael Ortlieb was outstanding, recording 13 saves (.722).

Unfortunately, CDM's impressive win came to an end with a horrific act of violence by one of Foothill's defenseman with just seconds remaining. Sea King attackman Casey Mix had the ball in CDM's offensive end, with six seconds remaining on the clock, and a two goal lead. Despite the time restraints making a tie impossible, the Knights chose to double team the ball. On the ensuing whistle, immediately in front of the Foothill bench, Knights' defenseman #25, Will Ross, delivered two full baseball-style swings with his stick, the first to Mix's lower legs, the second to his mid-section. Neither check appeared to be intended to dislodge the ball from the ball carrier's stick.

"It was one of the most unecessary, disrespectful and deliberate acts of violence I have ever seen in competitive sports at any level," Mix commented on the incident. "It was so unbelievable, I really don't know what to say. That young man has some significant anger issues and someone has been enabling him to channel his anger and frustration in very dangerous ways. The fact their bench had absolutely no reaction to what he had done is very concerning. It's a really sad commentary on the level of sportsmanship of those involved. If either of those swings had hit his Casey's head, this could have been a very dark moment for Orange County lacrosse."

Click here to view the incident.

With the win, CDM advances to the Orange County Championship to face #3 seed San Clemente (15-7), who defeated Santa Margarita 12-11 in overtime in the event's other semi-final.

The championship game will be at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, May 9 at Dana Hills High School.