In a much-anticipated battle of unbeaten teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division boys' lacrosse race, host Sacred Heart Prep held off rival Menlo School, 15-14, in a tightly contest tug-of-war on Thursday.
Trailing by one, Menlo had the ball with 30 seconds and a chance to tie. The Gators' defense, led by Alex Castro, did not let up a shot in the final seconds as SHP remained atop the division at 5-0 (7-3 overall) while Menlo dropped to 4-1 (7-2).
Brian White had six goals for SHP, including the winner unassisted, while Frankie Hattler added three goals and four assists. Frank Bell, Noah Kawasaki and Sean Mayle all tallied twice for the Gators with goalie Jack Wise coming up with eight saves.
Menlo junior Jack Marren tallied four goals and three assists. Seniors Colin Johnson and Jack Ferguson each had hat tricks while junior Bruno Geoly made 15 saves. Adam Yecies contributed a goal, two assists while fellow Menlo senior Riley Zeisler added a goal and an assist. Freshman Charlie Ferguson picked up nine ground balls, and won 17 faceoffs and junior Sam Ferguson tallied seven groundballs.
After SHP took a 9-7 halftime lead, Johnson scored on an assist by Zeisler. Just 1 1/2 minutes later, Marren scored to knot the score at 10. Mayle put the Gators ahead for good with 8:57 left in the third. Marren countered with another score. Sacred Heart Prep followed with a pair of goals before Yecies closed out the quarter, scoring with 17 seconds left.
Menlo twice threatened in the fourth quarter as Jack Ferguson scored with 8:14 remaining to pull within 13-12 and Marren picked up his fourth goal of the game as the Knights again trailed by one at 14-13.
In another De Anza Division match, Menlo-Atherton (2-2, 4-6) posted a 10-8 victory over host Mountain View.
Menlo School baseball picked up a key nonleague victory over visiting Leland on Thursday after a four-run fourth boosted the Knights to a 9-5 win. Both teams walked 10, but Menlo -- led by sophomore Jared Lucian's three hits and three RBI -- came up with the clutch hits in order to hold off the Chargers (8-6).
Menlo junior Garrett Matsuda picked up his first varsity win with 2 1/3 innings of solid relief. Sophomore Davis Rich came in with bases loaded in the sixth and retired the side, allowing only one run to score to pick up his second save of the year. The Knights (7-5) return to action Monday when they host Woodside in a nonleague contest.
In Atherton, Andrew Daschbach slammed a homer and double and drove in two runs as host Sacred Heart Prep blanked South San Francisco in nonleague action Thursday. Danny Cody and Mitch Martella each had two hits to support Robert Larson's winning pitching effort as the Gators improved to 7-6.
In Hillsdale, Menlo-Atherton perhaps showed the effects of playing just its second game in the past two weeks and dropped a 4-1 nonleague decision to the Knights. The defeat snapped a four-game M-A winning streak and moved the Bears' season record to 9-3. M-A continues to lead the PAL Bay Division with a 3-0 record.
Hillsdale broke open a scoreless contest with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning -- two coming on a single by its No. 9 hitter, and another crossing the plate on a wild pitch. The Knights added an insurance run in the fifth inning on a squeeze bunt after they loaded the bases when two batters were hit by pitches and another reached on an error.
The Bears scored their only run of the game on Erik Amundson's solo homer to right field in the top of the sixth. Starting pitcher Kodiak Conrad (1-1) absorbed the loss, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. Matt McGarry (two unearned runs allowed), Colin Martell, and Amundson provided bullpen support for the Bears. M-A managed just six hits in the contest, paced by 2-for-3 performances from Amundson (homer, double) and second baseman Lawson Joos (double, single). Brett Moriarty and Max Gardiner also had base hits for the Bears.
Elsewhere in nonleague action, five Palo Alto pitchers limited host St. Francis-Central Coast Catholic to just five hits, but the Vikings still dropped a 3-0 decision on Thursday. All three runs were unearned as two Paly errors spoiled the day. Phil Lewis had two of the Vikings' four hits. Paly takes a 6-7 overall record into Saturday's nonleague home game against Carmel at 1 p.m.
Sacred Heart Prep got three goals each from Libby Muir, Ally Mayle and Caroline Cummings as the Gators rolled to a 14-5 West Bay Athletic League victory over host Menlo-Athertonn on Thursday night.
Mayle added two assists and Muir one while Kiana Cacchione and Allison Harman had two goals. Cameron Gordon had one goal and one assist while goalie Natalie Palmer had four saves for the Gators (2-0, 7-3). Sally Carlson scored twice for Menlo-Atherton, which fell to 1-1 and 4-6-1.
Freshman Sarah Tiemann drove in six runs with a single, double and triple to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 9-7 PAL Ocean Division victory over host El Camino on Thursday. The Bears improved to 3-1 in the division (9-4 overall). Tiemann hit a two-run double in the first inning, two-run triple in the second and a two-run single in the sixth. Erin Goode added a pair of hits and two RBI. Emily Katz pitched a complete game, striking out eight, and raised her record to 9-2.
Menlo-Atherton bounced back from a 7-0 loss to host Menlo School on Wednesday and defeated visiting Woodside on Thursday, 7-0. The Bears improved to 9-0 in the PAL Bay Division and 11-4 overall.
In nonleague action, Sacred Heart Prep (9-6) had a makeup match with visiting Cupertino and dropped a 5-2 decision.