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Former Dawgs crowned in high school post-season

 Several Sea Kings were honored this week by the Pacific Coast League, the Orange County Coaches Association, and US Lacrosse's Orange County Chapter in their 2012 All-League, All-County and All-American selections. 

Michael Keasey (Sr/Midfield) was the most notable, being named a US Lacrosse All-American, as well as Player Of The Year in both the Pacific Coast League and in Orange County. Keasey, bound for Yale University in the fall, led the Sea Kings in scoring with 54 goals and 33 assists for a total of 87 points.

"Michael Keasey played the entire season in the heat of the spotlight," commented CDM head coach G.W. Mix. "He was our biggest offensive threat and everybody knew it. Despite that, he always found a way to make that big play when we really needed it."

CDM received three of the six US Lacrosse Orange County All-American selections. In addition to Keasey, senior goalie Michael Ortlieb (Holy Cross University) and junor attackman Jack Ortlieb were also honored.

"For our program to receive half of the selections is a reflection on our kids and how hard they work," Mix added. "Those three have put in so many countless hours to refine their skills. It is well-deserved recognition." 

"We probably could have had a few more, but I think guys probably got tired of checking boxes with CDM next to them," he said, smiling.

Senior midfielder Jack Gorab was chosen as one of three US Lacrosse Orange County Academic All-Americans. Gorab, who will play soccer at Brown University in the fall, carries a four-year GPA of 4.4 and a grade 10-12 GPA of 4.55.

"Jack is a special student-athlete," Mix said. "He represents both sides of the hyphen extremely well. Brown's soccer program is getting a good one. Ironically, had he chosen to play lacrosse in college, he would have had the same level of interest from coaches. He was a very big part of our success down the stretch."

The 2012 All-County First Team was loaded with Sea Kings. In addition to Keasey, who was named the County's MVP, CDM had five other players named to the top team.

Senior goalie Michael Ortlieb, senior face-off specialist Taylor Epp, senior defenseman Connor Cruse, and junior attackmen Casey Mix and Jack Ortlieb all joined Keasey on the squad.

"This is a very special group of players and in many ways, each of them represents the spirit of CDM Lacrosse. Michael Keasey works harder than anybody we have had in our program over the past few years. Mo (Michael Ortlieb) selflessly switched from attack to goalie as a junior to give his teammates a better chance at success. Taylor Epp did exactly what we asked of him and dedicated himself to becoming the top face-off guy in the County. Connor (Cruse) embraced our decision to move him from offense to defense this fall and worked continuously to be as good as he could be. Casey (Mix) has overcome quite a bit of adversity the past two seasons to make huge a contribution this spring. Jack's (Ortlieb) determination and willingness to do whatever it takes to make a big play reflects the mentality championship teams have to possess."

The 2012 Pacific Coast League all-league teams were dominated by five-time champion CDM. The Kings placed five players on the First Team and four on the Second.

Michael Keasey was named the League's Most Valuable Player, and was joined on the first team by goalie Michael Ortlieb and all three of CDM's attackmen: senior Hunter Molnar, junior Casey Mix and junior Jack Ortlieb.

"Hunter Molnar was the heart and sould of this team. He gives everything and expects nothing in return. He was a big reason so many of the football kids came out. Without them, we don't win it all. I am proud to be associated with kids like Hunter. To see him standing there with that trophy in his arms is one of those moments I'll cherish as a coach."

The Second Team includes face-off specialist and senior Taylor Epp and the entire starting defensive unit from CDM: seniors Connor Cruse, Matt English and Erik Fisher.

"I think what those three kids on defense did this spring is remarkable. Matt (English) had never played before, Connor had played midfield for one season, and Fish (Erik Fisher) came back after two years, picked up a long pole and never looked back. Devin (assistant Devin Arkison) did a great job of getting them to quickly understand our defensive principles. Their development, along with Frasier (Anderson), Kyle (Sherburne) and Hugh (Crance) was the key to our championship."

CDM's defense in 2012 featured two players who were new to the sport (Matt English & Kyle Sherburne), two second year players (Connor Cruse & Frasier Anderson), a converted midfielder who had not played since his sophomore year (Erik Fisher), a freshman (Hugh Crance) and a goalie who was a two-time all-league attackman before his junior year (Michael Ortlieb).

2012 US Lacrosse Orange County All-Americans

Ozzie Hyde / Sr. / Attack / Los Alamitos
Michael Keasey / Sr. / Midfield / Corona del Mar 
Jack Ortlieb / Jr. / Attack / Corona del Mar
Michael Ortlieb / Sr. / Goalie / Corona del Mar 
Aaron Self / Sr. / Midfield /San Clemente
Dewey Wilson / Sr. / Defense / Newport Harbor

Coach Of The Year
G.W. Mix, Corona del Mar

Assistant Coach Of The Year
Devin Arkison & Jeremy Sieverts, Corona del Mar

Man Of The Year
Mark Warren, Orange County Lacrosse Coaches Association

2012 US Lacrosse Orange County Academic All-Americans

Jack Gorab / Sr. / Midfield / Corona del Mar 
Jack Murrel / Sr. / Defense / Newport Harbor

Theodore Ochai / Sr. / Goalie / Foothill

2012 All-County 

Player of the Year

Michael Keasey / Sr. / Midfield / Corona del Mar 

First Team
Ozzie Hyde / Sr. / Attack / Los Alamitos
Casey Mix / Jr. / Attack / Corona del Mar
Jack Ortlieb / Jr. / Attack / Corona del Mar
Michael Keasey / Sr. /  Midfield / Corona del Mar
Aaron Self / Sr. / Midfield /San Clemente
Matt Duenas / Sr. / Midfield /St. Margaret's
Taylor Epp /Sr. / Midfield-F.O. / Corona del Mar
Connor Cruse / Sr. / Defense / Corona del Mar
Connor Mullarky / Sr. / Defense / Santa Margarita Catholic
Dewey Wilson / Sr. / Defense / Newport Harbor
Michael Ortlieb / Sr. / Goalie / Corona del Mar 

Second Team
Peyton Garrett / So. / Attack / San Clemente
Robbie Burns / Jr. / Attack /San Clemente
Hayden Ruiz / So. / Attack / Santa Margarita Catholic
Jake Craycraft / Sr. / Midfield / El Toro
Sterling Hardy / Sr. / Midfield / Los Alamitos
Dakota Rohlin / Sr. / Midfield / Great Oak
Scott McGowan / Jr. / Midfield-LSM / St. Margaret's
Ravi Dhouni / So. / Defense / Santa Margarita Catholic
Tilghman Tuebner / Sr. / Defense / Servite
Ronnie Pisano / Sr. / Goalie / Santa Margarita Catholic

Coach Of The Year 
GW. Mix / Corona del Mar

2012 All Pacific Coast League 

Player of the Year
Michael Keasey / Corona del Mar 

First Team
Casey Mix / Attack / Corona del Mar
Hunter Molnar / Attack / Corona del Mar
Jack Ortlieb / Attack / Corona del Mar
Michael Ortlieb / Goalie / Corona del Mar

Connor Thorton / Attack / Beckman
Nick Liekhus / Att-Mid / Beckman
Luke Baker / Midfield / Beckman
Connor Pierce / Defense / Irvine
Matthew Blackburn / Attack / Northwood
Matthew Smidt / Defense / Northwood
Connor Klug / Attack / Woodbridge
Zachary Rusick / Defense / Woodbridge

Second Team
Connor Cruse / Defense / Corona del Mar
Taylor Epp / Midfield / Corona del Mar
Matt English / Defense / Corona del Mar
Erik Fisher / Defense / Corona del Mar

Connor Padgham / Attack / Northwood
Will Rogers / Defense / Beckman
Nick White / Midfield / Beckman
Tanner Culley / Defense / Beckman
Mark Sims / Attack / Irvine
Arjun Ahuja / Defense / Northwood
Raylin Chen / Midfield / University
Moe Bzeih / Midfield / University
Blake Rusick / Midfield / Woodbridge

About the Process

All-American voting is done by coaches in Orange County. Only players selected First Team All-County are placed on the ballot for All-American voting. Coaches vote for six All-Americans in order of preference, the first chosen receives 6 points, the last receives one point. The point totals determine the selections. CDM had 6 players on the ballot.

Academic All-Americans are nominated by head coaches and the nomination must be accompanied by a copy of the student-athlete's transcript. Coaches vote for three Academic All-Americans in order of preference, the first chosen receives 3 points, the last receives one point. The point totals determine the selections. CDM had 3 players on the ballot.

All-County teams are voted upon by the coaches. Players are nominated by their head coach, or by other coaches in the County. Coaches vote for 6 attackmen, 6 midfielders, 6 defensemen, 2 midfield specialists (face-off or long stick midfielder) and two goalies. Coaches vote in order of preference for each position, the first chosen receives 6 points, the last receives one point (specialists and goalies are 1-2 points). The point totals determine the selections. CDM had 10 players on the All-County ballot. 

The Pacific Coast League all-league teams are selected by the league coaches. A pre-determined allocation of a certain number of positions on each of the two teams is established based upon win-loss record and the team's finishing position in the league.