This is the second half of a ‘Nado Natterings’ article from May 25, 2011, which detailed the Lacrosse championships won by both the Coronado High School Boys and Girls Lacrosse Teams. As a reminder, in 2011 the CIF Divisions for Postseason Competition were determined by school enrollment and not by the strength of the programs. As you will see at the conclusion of this article, the Islanders were ranked as high as No. 3 in the State of California when the season ended.
The Girls CIF Finals started at 11 a.m. and at 3 p.m. the Islander Boys Lacrosse Team marched onto the field in pursuit of their CIF Division II title. Both CIF Division II Finals featured Coronado against Cathedral Catholic and both games were mismatches. In the Boys side of things, the Islanders won 15-7.
There wasn’t much suspense for Coronado throughout the Boys Division II Playoffs either, as the Islanders defeated St. Augustine 17-1 in the Quarterfinals, and San Marcos 11-4 in the Semifinals.
Saturday in the Finals, the Dons seized the initiative in the early going, scoring the game’s first two goals. Then Coronado got down to business. Hunter Corpus scored on an assist from Alex Bookout with 6:20 remaining in the first quarter. Two saves from goalie Reis Stanley were followed by two goals from attack Jack Perkins and the Islanders were off and running.
The Islanders outscored the Dons 4-1 in the second quarter on two goals from George Bailey, one from Perkins and one from Corpus. Of the seven goals scored by Coronado in the first half, Bookout assisted on five of them. Stanley had seven saves in the first half and a total of 14 in the game.
The third quarter was close as Coronado earned the scoring edge 3-2. Two goals from Bookout and one from Kyle Runyon gave the Islanders a 10-6 lead at the end of three quarters. The last time the result of the game was even close to being in doubt was with 7:57 left when Cathedral scored a goal to make the score 10-7. The Islanders quickly regained control of the game and ran off five straight goals on their way to the CIF title.
In the final frame, Perkins scored twice, Runyon scored twice and Bookout had another tally. The final goal scoring totals were Perkins with five, Runyon and Bookout with three each, and two each for Corpus and Bailey. Perkins, Corpus and Bailey, who accounted for nine of Coronado’s 15 goals, will return to the team in 2012.
In both the Semi-Finals and the Finals, the opposing teams’ defenses seemed to be designed to stop Runyon, which opened up repeated scoring opportunities for everyone else. Islander Head Coach Alex Cade acknowledged Runyon’s contribution to his team’s success, particularly in the Finals. “Kyle had several silent contributions. Part of offense is drawing a couple of guys to you, which Kyle did and that opened things up quickly. Kyle played within himself and was very smart. We worked on trying not to force things and taking what teams gave us. We kept running the offense and eventually the shots started falling. Bookout and Runyon were our leaders and they made sure our offense stayed on track. Those two kids had a real nice day. Their composure on offense was tremendous.”
Cade was enthused about his club’s Division II title. “I’m really happy for the kids and the coaching staff. I’m pleased the kids played very hard and with great sportsmanship in spite of the other team that got frustrated. Cathedral is a tough team. Overall, the Islanders executed a game plan and our offense. Our defense was stifling and played well. It was good to get a bunch of guys on the field during the game. I always feel good in those situations. To be honest we didn’t shoot well. Some things we did very well, but we didn’t shoot well. We must have hit five (goal) pipes.” At the conclusion of the game, senior midfielder Sergio Flores was named recipient of the CIF Sportsmanship Award.
Losing their last regular season game to La Costa Canyon may have hurt Coronado in the final State-wide polls, but the Islanders had still had a great season. Using the three polls noted above, Coronado (19-4 overall) finished third, fourth and fourth in the state rankings, which is a fine effort.