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CDM finds another gear, leaving the Eagles behind.

 Midway through the first quarter of today's match-up between two of the County's top teams, Casey Mix (Sr/Attack) scored off an assist from Jack Ortlieb (Sr/Attack). 

But when the first quarter ended in a 1-1 tie, it looked as if Mix, Ortlieb and the rest of the Sea Kings had a real battle on their hands. And then, just like that, it was over.

In the course of less than two periods, CDM's attack combination of Kitzens (Todd Kitzens/Sr), Mix and Ortlieb went on an 11-0 run and left the Eagles wondering what had just happened to their close game with the visiting Sea Kings.

"It was a sluggish start for us," Mix commented. "But I give Brad (Brad Reppert) and his kids a lot of credit. They sent us a message early. It took a little while our kids to process it and respond. Once we made a few adjustments, and started to play together, it worked itself out."

The Sea Kings came out in the second quarter and methodically reversed their early missteps, scoring four unanswered goals and taking a 5-1 lead into halftime. 

After a brief intermission, CDM proceeded to score seven more unanswered goals in the first eight minutes of the second half, establishing an overwhelming 12-1 lead.

The attack unit's contribution to the impressive run is worthy of a closer look. 

It began with Casey Mix's opening goal on an assist from Ortlieb. From that point on, Kitzens, Mix and Ortlieb participated in the next twelve goals the Sea Kings scored. In less than three periods, Kitzens (3g), Mix (4g/4a) & Ortlieb (5g/4a) accounted for a total of 12 goals and 8 assists in less than three quarters.

"Our attack unit has a great deal of poise. They have been playing together for quite a while. They earned most of those goals with hustle plays, tenacious riding and solid ground ball play. It was a good showing."

Midfielders Sherwin Gersten, Brett Nelson and Ben Palitz each added a goal, while Noah Howe and Chris Von Der Ahe added assists.

"I thought one of the keys to our success today was the outstanding job our face-off guys did in getting the ball for us. They (Santa Margarita) double-poled the wings and we were still able to win most of the draws. We were playing "make it, take it" for a good part of that run. And that's not easy to do against two long sticks."

The defense proved to be up to the task once again, holding Santa Margarita to just one goal in the first 34 minutes. Sophomore Hoyt Crance turned back 10 shots (.833%), while allowing the host Eagles just two goals, boosting CDM's team defense's goals against average to 3.25 per game.

Up next for the Sea Kings is Fort Collins Unified (CO) on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 PM at CDM.