Varsity Boys Water Polo

Sacred Heart Prep 15, Menlo 6

Date of competition: Saturday, November 21, 2009

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The Sacred Heart Prep boys' water polo team became the first Division II squad to win three straight Central Coast Section championships with a 15-6 dunking of Menlo on Saturday at Santa Clara University. The Gators (24-5) came in seeded No. 1 while the Knights (22-7) were No. 2. While the matchup was the first meeting of the teams this season and expected to be close, it was only for a short time.

The Gators held a slim 3-2 lead after one quarter, but blew the game open by outscoring Menlo 11-1 over the second and third periods. SHP senior David Culpan scored six of his game-high seven goals during that period as the Gators achieved their season-long goal of making section history.

Along with Culpan's offensive explosion, junior Philip Bamberg added four goals and senior Connor Still contributed two. Senior goalie Ben Dearborn was outstanding with 15 saves while the SHP defense shut down Menlo junior scoring leader John Holland-McCowan, limiting him to a single goal.

Central Coast Section
Division II championship
At Santa Clara University
Menlo 2 1 0 3 -- 6
Sacred Heart Prep 3 6 5 1 -- 15
Menlo -- Akin 2, Hale 2, Haaland, Holland-McCowan.
SHP -- Culpan 7, Bamberg 4, Still 2, Maier, Holloway.
Records: Menlo finishes 22-7; Sacred Heart Prep finishes 24-5

posted by Keith Peters on Nov 21, 2009 at 8:37 pm

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posted by Keith Peters on Nov 24, 2009 at 11:31 am

Sacred Heart Prep goalie Ben Dearborn had 15 saves in his team's 15-6 romp over Menlo in the CCS Division II finals on Saturday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Menlo senior Jack Foley loses his grip on the ball despite being right in front of the SHP goal during his team's 15-6 loss to top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep in the CCS Division II water polo finals Saturday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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