A grip on first place slipped out of the hands of the Sacred Heart Prep boys' and Gunn girls' water polo teams this week.
On Wednesday, Sacred Heart Prep's regular-season title hopes in the WCAL took a hit following a 12-11 overtime loss to visiting Bellarmine. The Bells (3-0, 11-2) now own sole possession of first place over SHP (3-1, 7-5) and St. Francis (2-1). Harrison Enright tallied three goals to pace the Gators.
"Tough loss, but it was a great game all the way around," said SHP coach Brian Kreutzkamp. "It was tied six or seven different times. We tied the game with 10 seconds left in regulation on an Enright power play goal. In OT, I felt we ran out of gas. They are bigger and faster than we are and we held on as long as we could, but I'm proud of the way we played."
Sacred Heart Prep will head south for the weekend to compete in the S & R Tournament at Irvine High.
The Gunn girls, meanwhile, dropped out of a first-place tie in the SCVAL De Anza Division following a tough 6-5 overtime loss to host Los Altos on Tuesday night. The Titans fell to 5-1 in league (7-6 overall) while the Eagles improved to 6-0 (10-4).
The Titans gave up a game-tying goal with 34 seconds to play as the match ended 4-4 in regulation. Gunn then gave up two quick goals in the first of two three-minute overtime periods. The Titans converted a five-meter penalty shot with 36 seconds left in the second extra period to make it 6-5.
"When we looked up, however, the desk had made an egregious mistake and the clock showed only 18 seconds left," said Gunn coach Mark Hernandez. "This meant that Los Altos did not have to shoot, and that they would not have to turn over the ball.
"As a result, Los Altos held the ball for the remaining 18 seconds, and won the game. Had the desk stopped the clock when they should have, we would have had at least four seconds to call a play and run one last play. Very frustrating."
Elizabeth Anderson led the Titans with three goals. Gunn will get another shot at Los Altos when the teams meet again on Oct. 27 at Gunn on Senior Day.
In another SCVAL De Anza Division girls' match Tuesday, Skylar Dorosin scored six goals to pace host Palo Alto to a 14-5 victory over Homestead. Shannon Scheel added three goals and Martine LeClerc provided two as the Vikings improved to 2-3 in league (8-7 overall).
In the West Catholic Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep senior Pippa Temple scored six goals for the third straight match while helping the Gators dunk host Presentation, 10-6. Mackenzie O'Holleran and Erin Sheridan each added two goals for SHP (3-0, 11-2), which grabbed a 5-0 halftime lead. Presentation scored four times in the final period against the Gators' reserves.
In the PAL Bay Division, Castilleja got two goals each from Stephanie Flamen, Grace Arnold and Anna Yu in an 8-5 league-opening victory on Wednesday. The Gators (1-0, 3-4), with assistant coach Kelsey Holshouser taking over for head coach Brenda Villa (training with the U.S. National Team for the upcoming Pan Am Games), broke away froma 3-3 deadlock with goals by Sara Holston and Flamen in the third quarter to drop the Knights (0-1, 1-9).
Boys' water polo
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo School opened its league season with a 27-4 swamping of host Carlmont as Brad Haaland poured in eight goals and fellow senior Nick Hale added six. Nick Goldman contributed four goals in the lopsided victory as the Knights improved to 9-2.
In another PAL opener, Harrison Holland-McCowan and Morgan Olson-Fabbro each scored four goals to pace Menlo-Atherton to a 19-7 dunking of host Burlingame. The Bears (1-0, 8-6) also got three goals from Zach Deal while jumping off to a 7-1 first-quarter lead.
On Tuesday, Palo Alto swamped visiting Homestead, 22-1, after grabbing an 11-0 halftime lead in the SCVAL De Anza Division match. The Vikings (5-1, 9-2) had 11 players score, with Brian Berry, Nelson Perla-Ward and Sam Kelly all tallying three times as Paly converted 22 of 34 shots.
Gunn, meanwhile, had a chance to force a two-way tie for first place but dropped a 12-7 decision to division leader Los Altos (6-0, 11-3). Tyler Wilson tallied four goals for Gunn (3-3 league) while Gavin Kerr added a pair.