Varsity Girls Water Polo

St. Francis 9, Menlo-Atherton 4

Date of competition: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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The Menlo-Atherton and St. Francis girls' water polo teams met the three previous seasons in the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs with all three matches decided by just one goal. That was not the case in their fourth meeting as the No. 1-seeded Lancers (21-6) handed the No. 4 Bears (14-11) a 9-4 defeat in the section semifinals on Tuesday at Gunn High. M-A grabbed an early 2-0 lead on goals by senior Danielle Flanagan and sophomore Jessica Heilman and senior Marie Popp scored twice after that, but a fifth straight goal by Nicole Ferrari gave the Lancers the lead for good at halftime, 6-4. The Bears were held scoreless in the second half, thus ending the season of their nine seniors. M-A sophomore goalie Sierra Sheeper had nine saves.

CCS Division I semifinals
At Gunn High
Menlo-Atherton 2 2 0 0 -- 4
St. Francis 0 6 2 1 -- 9
M-A -- Popp 2, Flanagan, Heilman
SF -- Ferrari 5, Strutner 2, Kirwin, Batcheller
Records: Menlo-Atherton finishes season 14-11; St. Francis 21-6

posted by Palo Alto Online on Nov 16, 2011 at 9:01 am

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