SANTA ANA — After most games, Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse coach Aly Vislocky hands out a game ball to her team's top player of the contest.
But after Thursday's huge win, Vislocky gave the game ball to the entire team.
It was fitting after the No. 7-seeded Sea Kings upset No. 2 Foothill, 11-6, in a quarterfinal of the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs.
CdM (16-3) advances to Saturday's semifinals against Pacific Coast League rival and No. 3 Beckman Saturday at 3 p.m. at Aliso Niguel High.
The Sea Kings built a 6-3 lead in the first half. They used momentum from their 19-18, sudden-death victory over Capistrano Valley in the first round Tuesday, Vislocky said.
"That was a really huge indicator for us," Vislocky said of Tuesday's win. "We were just emotionally and mentally ready. [The Sea Kings] wanted it bad."
CdM goalie Sarah Hostetler recorded nine saves to lead the defense.
Kacie Kline, Cassidy Napolitano and Gabby Smith scored two goals each, while Meredith Davin caused three turnovers.
"I knew it was going to be a mental game," Vislocky said. "The girls were so ready to come out. I was slightly surprised, but not after the second half. We were just on fire."
Vislocky said the Sea Kings were eager to play against the Knights because they had a scheduled game against them that was rained out on April 13 and Foothill didn't want to reschedule.
CdM and Beckman split during the season and shared the PCL championship. The Sea Kings won at home, 14-10, March 13 and lost at Beckman, 14-8, April 25.
— From staff reports