The Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School and Palo Alto girls annually rank among the best girls' lacrosse teams in Northern California. But, that didn't prevent all three from suffering defeats on Saturday.
In Atherton, both Menlo and Sacred Heart Prep fell to touring St. John's from Houston, Texas. The Knights started the day with a 12-8 loss before SHP hosted St. John's and dropped a 17-4 decision in the afternoon.
Menlo School suffered its loss of the season to St. John's as the Knights and Mavericks combined for 46 shots and 19 saves.
The visitors grabbed a 5-4 halftime lead and stretched that margin in the second half. Menlo sophomore midfielder Sophia Donovan had three goals and two assists and won six of her team's eight draw controls. Moreover, she contributed to the Knights' four scoring plays in the second half -- including three straight goals.
Indira Varma had two goals for Menlo (1-1) with Kaitlin Frangione providing one goal and one assist. Nikky Price and Parvathi Narayan each tallied once for Menlo, which will play host to East Bay power Amador Valley on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Amador Valley is the reigning EBAL and NCS champion. Last season, Menlo lost at Amador Valley, 24-17.
SHP also felt the wrath of St. John's and are now 1-3 on the season. Senior Brigid White led the way for the Gators with three goals while sophomore goalie Emilie Swan cameup with 12 saves.
Also on Saturday morning, Palo Alto suffered its first setback after four wins following a wild 22-20 loss to visiting St. Francis (Sacramento).
The goals rained down by both teams with Palo Alto goals coming from Paige Bara (7), Allie Peery (6), Lauren Gargiulo (4), Maya Benatar (2) and Claire Chevallier (1).
On a day when four junior players were taking SAT exams, a lot of Paly players stepped up to make it an exciting game. Freshman Ellen Goncher intercepted a pass on defense and ran the length of the field, passing to Bara for Paly's 19th goal of the day. This put Paly ahead for the first time with six minutes to play. Senior goalkeeper Megan Valencia made 11 saves to keep the game close throughout the day.
In boys lacrosse, Menlo-Atherton played at Foothill (Pleasanton) and Menlo School hosted Espiscopal School (Dallas, Texas). Results of those matches were not provided.
Track and field
The Menlo-Atherton girls' 1,600-meter relay team came away with a victory in 4:08.47 to highlight local efforts at the annual K-Bell Invitational on Saturday at Los Gatos High.
Also for the girls, Gunn's Margaret Redfield was second in the high jump at 5-2 and Menlo-Atherton's Kathryn Mohr was second in the pole vault at 11-6.
For the boys, Menlo School's Paul Touma was second in the triple jump (45-10 1/2) and third in the long jump (21-1). Ross Corey of Priory was fifth in the 1,600 in 4:26.68.