Eleanor Facey scored four goals, Ella Woodhead recorded five assists and Central Coast Section Open Division champion Sacred Heart Prep took a step closer to the NorCal Division I championship, beating visiting San Ramon Valley 14-5 in the quarterfinals of the NorCal tournament Tuesday.
Sacred Heart Prep (26-3) was the only local team, out of the five who played, that survived the quarterfinals. The second-seeded Gators host Miramonte in Thursday's 5 p.m. semifinal. The Matadors (20-5) edged Leland 14-13.
Top-seeded Acalanes beat St. Francis 14-2 and meets Davis, which beat Campolindo 7-6, in the other semifinal. The NorCal final will be held at Independence High in San Jose on Saturday.
Sacred Heart Prep edged Miramonte 9-8 in Atherton in their lone meeting of the season. They do have six other common opponents. The Matadors are a combined 10-4 against Acalanes, Soquel, Campolindo, Monte Vista, Leland and San Ramon Valley while the Gators own an 8-3 mark against those teams.
Acalanes, the nation's top-ranked team and winners of 92 straight, beat both teams three times each over the course of the season.
In Division II girls, third-seeded Gunn fell to visiting No. 6 Rio Americano, 12-11, in sudden death overtime.
In Division I boys, No. 6 San Ramon Valley beat Sacred Heart Prep 12-9 and No. 2 Miramonte topped Menlo School 15-7. Miramonte hosts San Ramon Valley in one semifinal while Bellarmine travels to No. 1 Campolindo in the other semifinal.
In Division II boys, Menlo-Atherton fell to No. 2 seed Jesuit, 16-10. Jesuit hosts Clovis West in the semifinals.
Annabel Facey recorded a steal at one end of the pool and then scored at the other end, with an assist from Woodhead, just over a minute into the contest and the Sacred Heart Prep girls never trailed.
The Gators scored the game's first three goals and eventually led 8-2 at halftime.
Bella Bachler and Ola Szczerba each added three goals for the Gators. Annabel Facey scored twice and Woodhead and Ashley Penner each scored.
SHP recorded 12 steals, led by Annanel Facey with three. Woodhead and Bachler each had two. Megan Norris recorded five saves in three period and Paedrin Gillett saved a pair in the fourth.
The Gators shot at a .519 pace (14 of 27) and converted three of five power plays. San Ramon Valley was 5 of 23 on .217 shooting and 1 of 5 on power plays.
The Titans (20-7) were down 10-7 early in the fourth quarter after Rio Americano (24-8) scored six unanswered goals.
Gunn rallied behind a pair of goals from Kate Mallery and one from Cooper McKenna to force overtime. The Raiders scored in the first overtime period but Mallery tied it in the second.
Gunn, which loses five seniors, was 12 seconds away from a fourth overtime when the Raiders scored the golden goal.
Mallery finished with six goals, four assists and five steals. McKenna added four goals and three steals. Siham Arsalane also scored and had three assists and three steals.
Kenza Ashworth added an assist, four steals and blocked two shots. Sophia Tong made 13 saves and had a pair of steals. Isobel Taylor had an assist, four steals and a blocked shot, and Molly Wilkinson had two assists and two steals.
For Menlo, the three senior co-captains finished their careers with strong efforts. Jack King led the Knights defensively with four steals, Connor Enright led the team in assists with three and center Noah Housenbold led all scorers with four goals.
"It was great to see these leaders in our program finish so strong," said Menlo coach Jack Bowen. "They've been leaders both in the water and culturally for us and they showed why tonight"
Zayd Mahmoud recorded nine saves and Josh Poulos added five for Menlo (20-10). Connor MacMitchell, Enright and King each added a goal.
"I'm proud of getting into the top division of the Nor Cal Championships, and for the third consecutive year," Bowen said. "That, regardless of school size or anything else, we've been in the top eight for the past three years is a testament to the consistency of this group's work ethic. And they're just a lot of fun to be around."
The Sacred Heart Prep boys fell behind 3-0 and could never quite close the gap. Luke Hammarskjold scored with 26 seconds left in the third period, on an assist from Andrew Plaschke, to bring the Gators within 11-9 entering the final period.
Luke Johnston led SHP (23-7) with four goals. Isaac Rotenberg, Plaschke, Jake Tsotadze and Teddy Pasquesi also scored.
SHP did not have a senior on the roster and should prove formidable again next season.
Menlo-Atherton trailed 12-3 midway through the third period before getting hot and scoring seven goals over the final 12:31 of play, including three goals with 1:25 of each other late in the game.
Six different players scored for the Bears (15-13), with senior co-captains Zach de Haaff and Willem Holzrichter each scoring twice. Gabe Montoya, Jake Blohm, Elias Nasr and Nick Rochte also scored.