The Corona del Mar boys lacrosse team beat St. Margaret’s 7-4 in front of a capacity crowd Tuesday in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals at Corona del Mar High.
The Sea Kings will play top-seeded Loyola in the semifinals Friday, June 4 at Loyola High.
Earlier in the season, Corona del Mar (14-3) lost to St. Margaret’s in overtime. Since then, the Sea Kings have won 10 of 11 games.
“It’s really hard to beat a great team twice in the same season,” Corona del Mar coach G.W. Mix said. “They got the one in April and we got it tonight and I’ll gladly take this one.”
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Corona del Mar’s defense held St. Margaret’s scoreless for 19 minutes of game time. The defense, led by Tyler Brown, Tucker Jackson and Chase Habermehl, combined for nine ground balls and made it difficult for St. Margaret’s to get inside shots.
Goalie Grant Giuliano, who was the team’s backup until an injury to Wyatt Rieden, had four saves.
“He’s been brilliant,” Mix said of Giuliano. “He loves what he’s doing and getting better at it every day. I can’t wait to see what he does Friday.”
“The defense has really helped a ton,” Giuliano said. “They have been locked in the past few games.”
St. Margaret’s (15-4) jumped to a 3-1 lead late in the second quarter and held the Sea Kings to zero shots in the first quarter. Corona del Mar scored five goals in a row to battle its way to the lead.
“We started playing with more poise and a little bit more pace,” Mix said. “As soon as we moved the ball around at a pace that we normally play, we found a groove and it worked.”
Logan Ip, Ty Caffarelli and Lucas Newton each scored twice for the Sea Kings.
Matt Groeninger scored twice for St. Margaret’s. Seth Forstot had a goal and an assist for the Tartans.
In other games Tuesday:
Foothill 9, Tesoro 8 (OT): Foothill (13-3) won an overtime thriller against Tesoro at Dana Hills High.
The Knights trailed by two goals with less than a minute remaining in the game. Kenny Seiler scored two goals in the last minute to tie the game and force overtime.
Easton Babb passed it to Luke Fox who scored the game-winning goal to send Foothill to the semifinals against Mater Dei.
Seiler scored four goals for the Knights and goalie Joey Garcia had seven saves.
Goalie Jackson Brady had 11 saves for Tesoro (14-5). Cole Pollard had three goals for the Titans and Radyn Badraun added two.
Mater Dei 11, Los Alamitos 6: Mater Dei cruised to a win over Los Alamitos to advance to the semifinals.
Triston Jewell led the Monarchs with four goals. Tommy Bethel scored twice for Mater Dei (20-2).
Lucas de la Paz won 17 of 20 faceoffs for Mater Dei and goalie Nick Colignon had nine saves.
Mater Dei will play Foothill in the semifinals Friday. The Monarchs beat Foothill 9-7 on May 18.
Aliso Niguel 17, Brentwood 9: Aliso Niguel routed Brentwood on the road to advance to the Division 2 semifinals.
The Wolverines are the top-seeded Orange County team in the division and the third seed overall.
Connor Homrighausen led the Wolverines with seven points (four goals, three assists). Cade Mahaffey had four goals while Mikey Laderer and freshman Luke Ewert each added three.
Aliso Niguel (17-2) will play at Culver City in the semifinals Friday.
San Marcos 11, San Juan Hills 6: San Juan Hills had its season end at the hands of San Marcos.
San Juan Hills (10-6) finished second in the Sea View League and made its first playoff appearance.
Carter Peszt led the Stallions with three goals while Tyler Enright and Chris Matthews also scored.
Stallions goalie Corbin Hutchinson was excellent in goal, according to coach Scott Siembab.
Foothill 17, Newport Harbor 2: Foothill dominated Newport Harbor in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 playoffs.
Zoey Stephens had five goals for the Knights and Elena Torres and Taylor Puma each added three. Mikayla Yang had four saves for Foothill.
Olivia Gritzmacher scored both goals for Newport Harbor and Lucy Valdes had seven saves.
Foothill (17-0) will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between Mater Dei and Redondo on Saturday.
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