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Menlo boys wrap up PAL lacrosse title with win over SHP

 

Employing a balanced attack and strong defense, the Menlo School boys beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 8-3, on Thursday to claim the regular-season lacrosse title in the Peninsula Athletic League.

The Knights finished 10-0 in league (13-5 overall) and dropped the Gators to 8-2 in league (14-5 overall). Menlo won the first meeting between the rivals, 13-7, in March. The teams now will play in the PAL Tournament, which begins Tuesday.

"Both of us are much better teams since early in the season," Weigel said. "Sacred Heart Prep is much better as well; they held M-A to four goals. You have to give them a lot of credit, they've definitely gotten better throughout the season, and I'm blown away that we could hold them to three goals. They're a good team."

Of the Knights' eight goals, six were assisted. Sophomore George Pike led all scorers with a hat trick and two assists. Junior Peter Gish added two more goals and an assist.

Senior goalie Bruno Geoly posted 10 saves for the Knights, who led 7-1 at the half. Senior Sam Ferguson and freshmen Nick Frangione and David Schmaier each netted goals for the Knights.

"It starts with Bruno. When you get a guy that can provide a backstop like that. Our whole defense played well," Weigel said.

"We trusted our guys to decide the matchups," he added. "They were good in transition and we didn't have to slide, and play out of recovery. Our ability to win those one-on-one match-ups was key. It truly was a team effort."

The Knights' Charlie Ferguson won 10 of 13 face-offs. Pike scored the last two goals for Menlo, one with two seconds left in the half from about 12 yards, and the other with three minutes left in the game.

By a narrow margin, Menlo (13-5 overall) had 34 shots to SHP's 31. The Knights picked up the groundball edge 23-16 over the Gators (9-1 league).

Jack Crocket had three goals for the Gators with Frank Bell and Riley Tinsley adding solo assists. Goalie Austin Appleton had 10 saves.

One day after the girls lacrosse team secured a West Bay Athletic League title outright, the boys did the same in the PAL. The boys and girls won league titles in the same season five previous times: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2011.

— Menlo School Athletics

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