When we checked on the 2013 CIF Southern Section high school season last, it was only a week into the season, and the defending LA and OC champs, Palos Verdes and Corona del Mar, respectively, had yet to play a game. Four weeks in, though, these Sea Kings teams find themselves in a familiar place: atop the pack.
Corona del Mar (5-0) cruised in its first four games, outscoring opponents 60-14 and stretching the school’s winning streak to 29 games dating back to last season. The first two wins came over University-Irvine and Sage Hill and were expected wins for CdM. The next two wins proved that the Sea Kings are still one of the OC’s best, as they dispatched a good Beckman (4-2) team that looks to win the Pacific Coast League this season — now that Corona del Mar is playing an independent schedule — and made a huge statement by routing Santa Margarita, which started the season hot, 15-2.
CdM’s only test thus far has come from a visiting Colorado team, Fort Collins (2-2), which CdM defeated 8-7. The Sea Kings will look to get another signature OC win against San Clemente (5-1) on Saturday.
The Palos Verdes Sea Kings (5-0) have had a similar start. In the first four games, Palos Verdes outscored its opponents 69-14 before winning by one goal in its fifth game. PV took down a good Conejo Valley team in Westlake (4-2) in the season opener, followed by back-to-back wins over Downey (4-4) and Culver City (3-4). The most interesting result, though, was PV’s fifth win, a 9-8 victory over Santa Margarita. The score raises a lot of questions, both about PV and SM — was CdM’s 13-goal margin over Santa Margarita just a bad game for the Eagles, or is Corona del Mar that much better than Palos Verdes? The remaining weeks of the season will tell, possibly with a championship rematch.
Corona del Mar will have to go through OC’s other powerhouse, Foothill (6-1), if it wants to get back to the CIF finals. The Knights have lost only once this season, 11-10 to one of NorCal’s best, De La Salle (4-0), and look to take back the OC crown after missing the CIF title last year for the first time since the Southern Section started sponsoring lacrosse. Foothill’s next two contests, though not against Southern Section teams, will prove a lot, as they play the defending CIF San Diego Section champion and last’s years runner-up, La Costa Canyon (3-0) and Torrey Pines (3-1).
Speaking of San Diego, it has been interesting to see San Diego’s dominance over Southern Section teams thus far in 2013. Torrey Pines took down JSerra 13-3, and Santa Margarita dropped games to Poway (4-1) and Cathedral Catholic (3-1) by six and eight goals, respectively. Foothill hopes to buck that trend in the next week.