Despite sharing best record with Paly, Gunn girls win title

The Gunn and Palo Alto girls split their regular-season lacrosse matches in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League this season. Appropriately, then, the rivals should have wound up sharing the title after both posted victories on Friday night. But, that's not the case.

Gunn finished 12-1 league and 15-2 overall after defeating visiting Saratoga, 9-1, on Senior Night. Palo Alto, meanwhile, moved to 12-1 and 14-5 after knocking off visiting Los Gatos, 16-8.

By virtue of a tiebreaker (goal differential), the Titans were awarded the regular-season league title and the No. 1 seed for the SCVAL playoffs this week while the Vikings will be No. 2. Gunn will host the winner between the No. 4 and 5 seeds on Wednesday night.

Gunn seniors Victoria Nguyen (two goals, one assist) and Anna Cabot (one goal) closed the regular season on top. There was also plenty of support from juniors Caroline Chou (two goals), Rachael Tsai (two goals, one assist) and Anna Dang (two goals).

At Palo Alto, the Vikings won their eighth straight by rolling past the Wildcats. Junior Allie Peery led the way with six goals and four draw controls. Paige Bara added three goals with Ami Drez and Kristen DeStefano scoring twice each. Sama Rao, Liana Pickrell and Lisa Rogge all tallied once.

Qualifying for the SCVAL playoffs were Gunn, Palo Alto, St. Francis, Saratoga, Sequoia and Leland. The Vikings will open Monday by hosting Leland at 5:30 p.m., while Saratoga hosts Sequoia at 7 p.m. Semifinals will be Wednesday at Gunn and St. Francis. The title match will be Saturday, but the site and time has yet to be determined.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Menlo finished in second in Foothill Division play following a 16-3 victory over visiting Castilleja on Friday.

Freshman Allison Liddle had four goals and one assist for the Knights while sophomore Nikky Price added three. Scoring twice was Parvathi Narayan, Sophia Donovan and Indie Varma.

Alyssa Sherman played controlled and consistently effective defense. Donovan controlled the draw, and helped to give her offensive teammates the best opportunity to go to cage, based on dominance of the draw, and ground ball control.

Castilleja goalie Becca Merenbach had a solid day in goal with nine saves with Lou Biffar scoring twice.

The league playoffs begin Tuesday with Menlo-Atherton hosting Notre Dame-San Jose and Mitty host Castilleja, both at 5 p.m. Sacred Heart Prep is the No. 1 seed and Menlo is the No. 2.

Menlo-Atherton wrapped up its regular season with a 12-10 win over host Burlingame on Friday night. The Bears finished 5-5 and 8-10-1.

M-A scored first, but Burlingame had a 4-2 lead 10 minutes in to the first half on goals from Alexa Vasquez and Nivsha Tevassoli, who each had three on the day. The Bears closed the gap to 5-4 at the half on goals from Emma Roellig and Grace Tully.

In the second half the Bears went a on a 4-0 run in the first five minutes with goals from Amanda Wiseman and Emma Easton, who both had three in the game. M-A center Sally Carlson added two goals and an assist as the Bears closed out the game. The Bears dominated the draw, 18-6. The Bears finished third in the WBAL, their best finish since 2009.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by lois chou
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Thank you for acknowledging that Gunn won the SCVAL Girls Varsity lacrosse regular season.

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Posted by What?
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Does anyone else find the title offensive? Why not just say Gunn won the Lacrosse title? 15-2 sounds a lot better then 14-5. Does anyone else think the Gunn gets far less sports reporting than Paly, even when they win?

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Posted by Editors, Please fix
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm

@What? Yes, I agree, that is back-handed lauding at best. It makes it sounds as if Gunn didn't win legitimately, which of course they did. I doubt intentional, but nevertheless, it should be changed.

It would not be "appropriate" that the teams "should share the title" - it is appropriate that Gunn won the title outright, given that they led in the crucial tie-breaking category. You don't say that a game that gets settled in overtime "appropriately should have ended in a tie" - right?

How about "Gunn Girls Win Lacrosse Title, Edging Out Paly?"

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