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CDM stifles #3 Tritons in second half, wins 9-6

Surf Dawg Alum Jack Ortlieb recorded four goals in CDM's 9-6 win over #3 San Clemente
 Corona del Mar's top-ranked boys lacrosse team took advantage of its home field and an energized Saturday afternoon crowd to earn an impressive 9-6 win over visiting #3 ranked San Clemente. After stumbling into the break mired in a 4-4 tie, the Sea Kings, led by Jack Ortlieb's (Sr/Attack) four goals, outscored the Tritons 5-2 in the second half to notch another win and remain unbeaten (6-0) on the season. 

In addition to Ortlieb's performance, sophomore Hoyt Crance was stellar between the pipes, turning back numerous Triton shots, several from point-blank range. Crance had 14 saves on the day (.700 SV%). Coming into the game, San Clemente had been averaging 14.8 goals a game. Crance and the rest of the Kings' defense were able to hold San Clemente to less than 40% of their usual production. With Saturday's performance, CDM's defense improved its goals allowed average to 4.3 per game.

"I thought our defense did a terrific job today," commented CDM head coach G.W. Mix. "That was as good of a high school goalie performance as I have ever seen."

"Turnovers were our achilles heal today. We could never really get going very far offensively without forcing something or throwing the ball away. We had some chances to build a pretty good lead in the first quarter and we let them slip away. We have to get that cleaned up."

San Clemente opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game, but CDM quickly responded with three unanswered goals. Senior midfielder Chris Von Der Ahe scored first for the Kings and his tally was quickly followed by two goals from Ortlieb, on assists from Ben Palitz (So/Midfield) and Todd Kitzens (Sr/Attack). It seemed like CDM might begin to pull away, creating several more scoring opportunities late in the first quarter, but they failed to convert and a turnover with less than 30 seconds remaining led to a Triton goal bringing the visitors back to within one.

The Tritons took advantage of numerous Sea King miscues in the second quarter. After Casey Mix (Sr/Attack) found Ortlieb on the back-side for his third consecutive goal, San Clemente quickly answered and then scored the tying goal a few minutes later, just before the intermission.

The second half, once again, proved to be CDM's best. 

Ortlieb netted his fourth in a row at 9:14 remaining. Casey Mix scored five minutes later, but another Sea King turnover led to San Clemente's fifth goal, bringing them back to with one. They scored again less than three minutes into the fourth quarter to tie the game at 6-6.

From the ensuing face-off, it was would be all CDM, as the Sea Kings went on a 3-0 run. With 7:35 left in the game, Mix scored what would eventually be the game winner off a feed from Max Kline (So/Midfield). Shortly after Mix's goal, senior midfielder Brett Nelson took a clearing pass, sprinted past several San Clemente defenders, and buried the Kings' eighth goal of the day (6:36). Sophomore Max Kline finished off the Tritons with a nifty goal at the 2:40 mark.

Up next for CDM is a home game against Monte Vista (Danville, CA) on Tuesday at 4:00 PM at Corona del Mar HS. The Sea Kings have not played Monte Vista since the 2011 season, a game CDM won 10-9.