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A Taylor made win! Kings defeat St. Margaret's 8-5

Behind another terrific face-off performance by senior Taylor Epp, CDM jumped out to an impressive 7-1 lead against visiting St. Margaret's and never seemed to have much need for concern.

"We got off to a great start," CDM head Coach Mix said. "Taylor was dominating, our offense was clicking, and the defense diffused any significant opportunity they had."

Epp, bound for MCLA top-ranked UC-Santa Barbara, won 12 of 17 draws (.705%), and enabled CDM to play "make it, take it" with almost every goal its scored all afternoon.

"Taylor has been a huge part of our success all season. He is fearless, tireless and very good at what he does. It makes a big difference when you can build a lead and regain possession after every goal."

The Kings jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first period. Five different players contributed to the barrage: Michael Keasey (Sr/Midfield), Casey Mix (Jr/Attack), Jack Ortlieb (Jr/Attack), Hunter Molnar (Sr/Attack) and Brett Nelson (Jr/Midfield). Mix added assists on Keasey's opening goal and Ortlieb's tally that put CDM up 3-0.

"Casey had a very good day with the ball in his stick. He had to have had three or four assists in the first half."

When asked if he was surprised about his team's quick start against the perennial power, Mix was pretty adamant.

"Our kids love to compete. We compete hard every day in practice. We drove eight hundred miles to compete last week. Today was another opportunity to compete and they responded pretty well."

What was surprising was the Tartan's decision to play most of the last three quarters in a zone.

"Not too many teams switch to zone, down six goals, losing face-offs. It was fine with us. We had a comfortable lead, were able to possess the ball and never really had to score, which allowed us to experiment on offense and keep our zone offense specific to them safely in the can. It worked out well."

Senior goalie Michael Ortlieb had another great outing, recording eleven saves and allowing just five goals (.687%). Equally impessive was the rest of the defense, particularly the play of freshman long stick midfielder Hugh Crance.

"We asked Hugh to do a lot today. He neutralized their biggest threat on the face offs, played great off the ground and then did a great job in our man to man package. He was terrific."

The Kings have little time to rest. They travel to Woodbridge tomorrow for a Pacific Coast League game at 3:15 PM and then take on Orange County power Huntington Beach Saturday at 4:00 PM in Surf City.

Today's Box Score
CDM 8 - St. Margaret's 5

 Player  G  A
 Mix  1  4
 Molnar   2  1
 Keasey  2  0
 Ortleib, J.  2  0
 Nelson  1  0
 Canale  0  1
 Face-Offs  W  L
 Epp  12  5
 Goalies  S  GA
 Ortlieb, M  11  5