Menlo, Gunn continue winning streaks in boys water polo


Menlo School remained undefeated after beating host Bellarmine Prep, 8-5, in a nonleague boys water polo match on Tuiesday and Gunn beat visiting Palo Alto, 8-5, to stay unbeaten in SCVAL De Anza Division play.

With the win, Menlo (16-0) breaks a longstanding tie between the two water polo programs over the past 17 years, taking a 7-6 lead in the series. Considered two of the top teams in CCS, but playing in different divisions (Bellarmine is Divison I while Menlo is Division II) the teams have developed what Menlo coach Jack Bowen calls, "a friendly but very competitive rivalry."

Tiago Bonchristiano
Menlo came out strong, going up 3-1 in the first five minutes on numerous counter attack goals and then, with their team defense, were able to maintain that lead, building a bit throughout the remainder of the game.

Ben Wagner and Jayden Kunwar both had a pair of assists for the Knights while Gary Marston led the team on defense with three steals.

"The best way for me to step up in the game was for me to focus on my defense," Marston said, "especially given my role within the framework of our team defense and counter attack."

Tiago Bonchristiano was strong once again in the cage for the Knights, blocking 15 out of Bellarmine's 20 shots.

Menlo looks to continue its unbeaten streak against visiting Carlmont on Wednesday at 5 p.m., visiting East Bay powerhouse San Ramon Valley on Friday at 5:15 p.m.

The Titans (9-0, 10-4) rallied from an early deficit to get past the Vikings (7-2, 10-10).

Aaron Babian scored four goals, Quinn Hamilton added a pair and Lucas Batista and Patrick Zhao also scored.

Jack Andersen scored twice for Palo Alto.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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