This has been a season of redemption for the Palo Alto girls' lacrosse team, and the Vikings have made the most of their opportunity.
It was only a year ago that Paly was on its way to a possible title in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, only to discover it had to forfeit six league matches due to an ineligible player.
The Vikings scrambled to make the postseason playoffs, only to be eliminated in the semifinals by St. Francis.
With its goal clear for this season, Palo Alto roared through the SCVAL season unbeaten in 14 matches -- twice handling the Lancers.
The top-seeded Vikings now can complete a season that escaped them last season after defeating visiting Saratoga, 15-8, in a SCVAL semifinal Wednesday night.
Palo Alto (18-3) will face (surprise) St. Francis (15-4), which won the other semifinal, in Saturday's championship match at Burlingame High at 10 a.m.
The Vikings grabbed an early lead against the Falcons and never gave it up as eight different players scored. Seniors Nina Kelty and Charlotte Biffar led the way once again with Kelty contributing four goals and two assists while Biffar tallied three times.
Allie Peery and Gigi Lucas-Conwell added two goals apiece for Paly with Annemarie Drez, Anna Dairaghi, Maya Benetar and Paige Bara all scoring once.
Paly dropped an 18-3 nonleague decision to Amador Valley on Tuesday night.
Sacred Heart Prep will have an opportunity to play for its first-ever title in the SCVAL following an 18-6 semifinal romp over visiting Palo Alto on Wednesday.
The No. 2-seeded Gators (13-8) will take on top-seeded and defending champion Menlo-Atherton (15-6) on Saturday at Burlingame High at 6 p.m. The Bears (15-6) advanced with a 9-6 win over visiting Menlo School (8-11) in the other semifinal.
SHP goalie Austin Appleton came up with 16 saves, 11 in the first half, to effectively shut down Paly's offense. While the Vikings were being held in check, SHP's Brian White and Andrew Daschbach each scored four times with Frankie Hattler and Noah Kawasaki each tallying a hat trick.
Sacred Heart Prep, which defeated Paly by only 13-12 earlier in the season, held a comfortable 8-1 lead in the first half. Walker Mees led Paly (14-6) with three goals.