Varsity Girls Water Polo

St. Francis 12, Menlo-Atherton 11

Date of competition: Saturday, November 21, 2009

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In a match similar to last season's Central Coast Section Division I finale, second-seeded St. Francis upended No. 1-seeded Menlo-Atherton in overtime, 12-11, to win a second-straight section title on Saturday at Santa Clara University.

The Bears came into the finals riding a 25-game winning streak and ranked No. 1 in Northern California. M-A hadn't lost since September. The Lancers came in ranked No. 3 in NorCal, and having been beaten by M-A in the finals of the Amanda MacDonald Invitational earlier this year.

Menlo-Atherton grabbed a 9-8 lead on a goal by senior Anna Geiduschek with 1:40 left in regulation. The Lancers, however, took advantage of a 6-on-5 situation and and got a game-tying goal from Katherine Elward with 1:25 left to play.

St. Francis took a 10-9 lead in the first overtime on one of seven goals by Hathaway Moore. M-A senior Becca Dorst tied the game at 10 in the second extra period but Moore fired in another goal that appeared to ricochet off the head of M-A junior goalie Emily Dorst, who finished with 15 saves.

With only 43 seconds left to play and trailing by 11-10, a shot by Dorst was stopped. With time running out, M-A coach Chris Rubin had Shelby Fero jump into the pool to stop the clock. It also cost the Bears a five-meter penalty shot, which Moore made for a 12-10 lead with 16 seconds left. Dorst scored with five seconds to play, but the Bears couldn't find a way to score again and dropped their second straight overtime decision to the Lancers in the CCS finals.

Central Coast Section
Division I championship
At Santa Clara University
St. Francis 2 2 2 3 1 2 -- 12
Menlo-Atherton 3 1 2 3 0 2 -- 11
SF -- Moore 7, Elward 3, Troedson, Talbott.
MA -- R. Dorst 4, Bogott 3, Flanagan, Winters, O'Neill, Geiduschek.
Records: St. Francis finishes 27-2; Menlo-Atherton finishes 27-2

posted by Keith Peters on Nov 21, 2009 at 9:08 pm

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