Palo Alto girls top Gunn, remain perfect in SCVAL lacrosse race


Palo Alto won its ninth straight and remained atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League lacrosse standings following an 8-5 victory over the Gunn girls on Friday night.

The Vikings improved to 8-0 in league and 10-3 overall as Maya Benatar led the offense with four goals and goalie Meredith Kinnaman led the defense with 13 saves.

Ellen Goncher, Anna Seligson, Charlotte Cheng and Kylie Callan all scored once for the Vikings as they dropped the Titans to 4-7 overall.

In the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division), Sacred Heart Prep held on to sole possession of first place with a 14-9 victory over host Castilleja.

The Gators (4-0, 10-3) got five goals each from Libby Muir and Cameron Gordon plus three goals and three assists from Juliana Clark. Allison Carter finished with a solo tally.

Castilleja (1-3, 6-4) dug itself a hole as the Gators raced to a 10-1 halftime lead. A spirited second-half comeback fell short, despite getting five goals from Taylor DeGroff. Celeste Woloshyn scored a pair and Ellie Chen and Lindsey Segal added a goal apiece. Goalie Anika Tse had 10 saves.

In Redwood City, Menlo-Atherton remained tied for second place in the WBAL Foothill Divisionn with a 19-3 romp over host Sequoia. The Bears (3-1, 7-5) dominated all aspects of the game and the running clock mercy rule was in effect 16 minutes in as M-A went up 10-0.

The Bears were led by Grace Tully and Emma Easton, each scoring four goals. Sally Carlson and Izzy Regonini each scored three and added two assists. Annie Payne and Bea Geaghan-Breiner both scored and dominated the midfield. Freshman Hannah Shaw scored and had three self draws.

The Bears step up the level of competition on Saturday as they travel to the play Granite Bay (Placer County), the 39th-ranked team in the country for a nonleague match at 5:30 p.m.


Only two days after moving into a tie for first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division race, host Palo Alto fell out of the top spot following a 7-4 loss to first-place Los Gatos.

Paly fell to 8-2 in league (13-3-1 overall) while the Wildcats (9-1) grabbed sole possession of first place.

Ben Cleasby had three hits and drove in two runs to pace Paly. He singled in the second, fourth, and sixth innings. Ethan Stern and Angus Stayte each had a pair of hits.

Los Gatos jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Ryan Wilcox doubled for the first of his four hits. He later scored on a groundout. The Wildcats added solo runs in the first four innings.

Paly got one run back in the first on an RBI single by Cleasby before the Vikings tallied three runs in the fourth to tie the game at 4 as Stayte brought home a run with a groundout, Cleasby singled home a second and Stern doubled home the third.

The tie was short-lived as Los Gatos put up two hits in the sixth and another in the seventh.

In the PAL Bay Division, Sacred Heart Prep shocked previously unbeaten Carlmont for the second time in two days, 8-7. The Gators (5-3, 7-12) managed just three hits but dropped the host Scots to 6-2 in league (15-4 overall). Justin Harmon had a three-run homer during a five-run first inning by SHP.

The Gators added two in the seventh to pull out the win over the Scots, who came into the week undefeated and alone in first place. With Friday's loss, the Scots find themselves in a tie for first with Terra Nova, which completed a sweep of M-A with a 3-1 win Friday.

Boys lacrosse

Sacred Heart Prep remained atop the PAL Bay Division lacrosse standings following a 17-4 romp over host Carlmont on Friday night. The Gators (3-0, 10-2) got six goals from Jack Crockett plus three goals and three assists from Frank Bell to highlight the victory.

Kevin Tinsley and Trevor Peay each contributed a pair of goals while Milan Baldini, Thomas Wine, Tommy Barnds and Harrison Toig all scored once.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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