Paly finishes sixth in NorCal girls golf tourney

Local grads involved in NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament

Palo Alto finished sixth at the Northern California girls' golf championships Monday at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas.

The Vikings qualified for the NorCals by finishing second to St. Francis at the Central Coast Section tournament. The Lancers also won NorCals with a team score of 380. Paly shot 417.

Chandler Wickers

Kelly McConnell

Julia Lodoen

Sarah Zuckerman
CCS individual champion Stephanie Yu led Palo Alto with a 77, good for 15th place.

She was followed by teammates Jasmine Chou (81), Katherine Sung (85), Priya Bakshi (85), Elise Kiya (89) and Emily Huang (90).

Pinewood's Megan Chou, playing as an individual, shot an 85.

Carondelet's Yealimi Noh earned medalist honors by winning a three-way playoff. Noh, Lynbrook's Jessica Luo and San Ramon Valley's Ty Akabene each shot a 1-over 73 after 18 holes.

Men's soccer

Gunn grad Cameron McElfresh was named California Collegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year as goalie for UC San Diego, which is 16-2-2 overall and posted a 9-2-1 mark en route to the program's first CCAA crown in 17 seasons since joining the league in 2000.

The 10th-ranked Tritons are 11-1-1 over their last 13 matches.

UCSD is the No. 2 seed in the six-team, double-site West portion of the NCAA Division II Super Region 3. The Tritons welcome third-seeded Dixie State (15-3) and sixth-seeded Western Washington (9-4-4) for a first-round contest Friday, beginning at noon. The winner gets the Tritons in the second round on Sunday.

The Tritons have allowed nine goals on the year, and rank third nationally in team GAA (0.48), with McElfresh fourth (0.493). He has posted 10 individual clean sheets, tied for the league lead. McElfresh gained All-CCAA honorable mentions the past two years.

Women's soccer

No fewer than nine local graduates, representing six schools, are involved in this year's NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament.

Pinewood grad Gabz Amos-Grosser and Palo Alto grad Alison Lu play for defending national champion Williams College (15-0-2), which opens the tournament against Elms this weekend.

Castilleja grads Katherine Hobbs and Julia Lodoen are also playing for tournament teams. Hobbs has six goals and an assist for Middlebury (13-4) and Lodoen has appeared in 12 games, nine starts, for the University of Chicago.

Menlo School grads Sienna Stritter and Chandler Wickers are also appearing in the postseason. Stritter has three goals and a pair of assists for Carnegie Mellon while Wickers has six goals for Washington and Lee.

Former Knights' standout Kelly McConnell is Claremont's starting goalie and has a 0,88 GAA and five shutouts.

Menlo-Atherton grad Jacqueline Foody is a back-up goalie at Washington-St. Louis and Prioy grad Sara Zuckerman plays for Amherst.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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