Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse: Palo Alto Girls Lacrosse (15-4) To Face St. Francis In First-Ever Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) Championship

 The Palo Alto girls’ lacrosse team will play for the first-ever Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championship, get a chance at revenge, and do it all on its home field Saturday after advancing to the finals with an 11-8 victory over visiting Pioneer on Wednesday.

The top-seeded Vikings (15-4) will host No. 3 St. Francis in the title match at 11 a.m. The Lancers advanced with a 17-10 victory over No. 2 Los Gatos in the other semifinal.

Palo Alto and St. Francis have split their league matches this season, but the Lancers won the last meeting, on their field, by one goal.

Palo Alto's Kimmie Flather (11) scored three goals in the Vikings' 11-8 win over visiting Pioneer in the SCVAL playoff semifinals on Wednesday. Photo by Allie Shorin

The Vikings had a good tuneup for the finale by jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the first half. Kimmie Flather, Charlotte Biffar and Brianna Boyd all scored three goals while Emily Benatar and Emily Fowler each had a goal and an assist.

The West Bay Athletic League semifinals will be played Thursday with top-seeded Menlo hosting Castilleja and No. 2 Sacred Heart Prep hosting Burlingame, both at 5:30 p.m. The winners will advance to the championship game on Saturday at Palo Alto High at 9 a.m.

The boys’ SCVAL championship match also is scheduled for Saturday at Paly, starting at 1 p.m.

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