Varsity Water Polo

Menlo School 13, St. Francis 6

Date of competition: Friday, September 11, 2015

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The Menlo School boys had a solid defensive effort to open its water polo season with a 13-7 nonleague triumph over visiting St. Francis on Friday. Backed by junior goalkeeper Tiago Bonchristiano's 17 saves, the Knights took their defensive energy and transferred it into a blistering counterattack offense. Led by senior All-American Chris Xi, Menlo's ball movement and counterattack proved to be too much for the Lancers' defense. Menlo displayed a balanced offense with eight goal scorers, including Bonchristiano with a fullcourt shot. Xi led the way with give goals. In addition, five players added assists, including a game-high three assists each from James Thygesen and Miller Geschke.

"I'm most impressed with the way this team has really gelled together," said head coach Jack Bowen. "In practice, they have been working immensely hard yet also having a lot of fun doing it. There's some great new leadership on this team after graduating 11 seniors last year and I'm just loving the ethos of this group and the way they pursue our goal of be your best."

With the win, Menlo improves its overall record against St. Francis the past 15 years to 13–9. Next, Menlo has its first league game at Carlmont next week and then prepares to host the 18th annual Scott Roche tournament, featuring a number of top teams from Northern California through San Diego.

St. Francis 1 1 1 3 -- 6
Menlo School 4 4 2 3 -- 13
St. Francis -- unavailable
Menlo -- Xi 5, Geschke 2, Little, Thygesen, Castillo, Patterson, Untrecht, Bonchristiano
Records: Menlo School 1-0

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