There are great saves, and then there are the type of saves turned in by Michael Ortlieb, the varsity lacrosse goalie at Corona Del Mar (Calif.) High.
The clip you see above, which was uploaded by college sports recruiting company SportsForceOnline.com, shows off the best of Ortlieb's first full varsity lacrosse season, a stop in which he bailed out one of his defensemen by diving across his own crease at full stretch to make an awe inspiring stop.
It appears that the save came from a summer tournament, with Ortlieb playing for an offseason all-star squad as opposed to his usual Corona Del Mar outfit.
What makes the save above all the more incredible is Ortlieb's relative inexperience at the position. According to Lacrosse Playground, the rising senior spent the first two years of his high school lacrosse career at attack, where he was the team's leading scorer.
In fact, that experience in attack may provide some of the blueprint for his success in the cage, as well. Ortlieb's ability to read opposing offenses is clear in this season-long highlight compilation, as well as a penchant for starting fantastic fast-break opportunities with a deft touch on deep passes.
Still, nothing can compare with Ortlieb's stop above, which stacks up well against just about any save Prep Rally can remember, Brian Carcaterra stops included.