Sacred Heart Prep places fifth at S&R Sports Invitational

Menlo School places 11th in Irvine; SHP girls split two games

Greg Hilderbrand scored three goals against Los Osos. Photo by Keith Peters.

Luke Weigle scored with 1:40 remaining to play, giving Sacred Heart Prep a 9-8 victory over West Catholic Athletic League rival Bellarmine in the fifth-place match of the S&R Sports Invitational at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine on Saturday.

The Gators (10-2) beat Dana Hills 10-6 earlier in the day to advance into the fifth-place game.

Isabella Bachler
Menlo School placed 11th after edging Clovis West 15-14 in its final game. The Knights (11-3) lost to Los Osos 16-11 earlier in the day.

Jake Tsotadze scored three goals to lead the Gators past the Bells. The same two teams meet at 6:30 p.m. for a WCAL contest hosted by Bellarmine.

“It should be a real barn-burner Wednesday,” SHP coach Brian Kreutzkamp said.

The teams have split their first two meetings. Bellarmine beat the Gators 11-7 in the semifinals of the St. Francis Invitational three weeks ago.

Neither team led by more than two goals during the contest. The Gators were ahead 8-6 before the Bells tied it with four minutes remaining.

Luke Johnston recorded a steal in the final two minutes that led to Weigle’s game-winner. Will Swart, who had two assists and drew two exclusions, had a field block and goalie Wyatt Stenson, who had 11 saves, came with a big save over the final 1:40.

Weigle added three goals and the Cardinal scored the first four goals in the win over the Dolphins. Johnston and Swart each scored twice.

Menlo led 7-4 early in the second period but Los Osos rallied to take the lead in the third period and never looked back.

Connor Enright scored five goals to lead the Knights (11-4), who travel to play Mitty at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in a WCAL match. Greg Hilderbrand added three goals for Menlo, playing without one of its top scorers in Connor MacMitchell.

Against Clovis West, Noah Housenbold scored five goals and earned six exclusions. Enight added four goals and another six exclusions. Hilderbrand and Jack King each added three goals.

Girls water polo

Sacred Heart Prep spent Saturday afternoon playing a pair of nonleague games at Acalanes.

Isabella Bachler scored four goals, had an assist and three steals in the Gators 12-2 victory over Monte Vista Danville. Host Acalanes beat SHP 12-7 in the second game.

Annabel Facey and Eleanor Facey each scored three goals and combined for three assists against Monte Vista.

Jewel Roemer, a member of the U.S. junior national team, scored four goals and recorded four assists to lead Acalanes (9-0).

Bachler and the Facey sisters each scored twice for the Gators (12-2), who host Presentation in a league match at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

— Palo Alto Sports Online

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