Varsity Girls Water Polo

Menlo-Atherton 9, Castilleja 1

Date of competition: Monday, October 26, 2009

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The Menlo-Atherton girls' water polo team successfully defended its PAL Bay Division regular-season title with a dominating 9-1 victory over second-place Castilleja on Monday in Atherton. The Bears, ranked No. 1 in the Central Coast Section, improved to 11-0 in league (18-1 overall) while the Gators fell to 9-2 (12-7).

Both teams have one match remaining on Wednesday -- Castilleja hosting Menlo and M-A visiting Aragon. The Bears and Gators will finish one-two and take those seeds into the league tournament that begins next week in the Bears' pool. Castilleja and M-A likely will meet again in the finals on Nov. 7.

After holding off Castilleja in their first meeting, 9-5, the Bears figured to be in for another toughie. It looked that way in the first half when M-A managed a single goal by senior Vanessa Lane in the first quarter and held just a 4-0 halftime lead. M-A, however, took advantage of its counter and man advantages to score four unanswered goals in the third quarter to take control of the game at 8-0. Lane scored her third goal on a tip-pass from fellow senior Sarah Winters for a 5-0 lead. Winters then scored off an assist from senior Becca Dorst, junior MJ O'Neill scored off another assist from Dorst and Dorst finally scored herself.

M-A coach Chris Rubin surprisingly was able to clear his bench and get every one of his 13 players some water time. That has been the case often this season.

PAL Bay Division
Castilleja 0 0 0 1 -- 1
Menlo-Atherton 1 3 4 1 -- 9
C -- N. von Kaeppler.
MA -- Lane 3, O'Neill 2, Bogott, Popp, D. Dorst, Winters.
Records: Castilleja 9-2 (12-7); Menlo-Atherton 11-0 (18-1)

posted by Keith Peters on Oct 26, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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