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Northern California High School Lacrosse: Menlo School Girls Lacrosse Defeated Palo Alto 9-8 On March 16

It was only a nonleague clash between two quality girls lacrosse teams, but Menlo School-Atherton and host Palo Alto played like it was the championship of the Peninsula. The Knights edged the Vikings 9-8 in a taut contest on Wednesday.

“It was a battle from the beginning,” Menlo coach Jen Lee said. Sophomore middie defender Nina Kelty fired one in to put Paly on the board first in the opening 44 seconds. Sixteen seconds later, Menlo center Michaela Michael, a sophomore, answered with a goal on a feed from junior middie attacker Elyse Adler.

Up 3-1 with 17:29 to play in the first half, Paly tied it 3-all with unassisted goals from Kelty and senior Emily Benatar. Menlo added a goal from junior middie attacker Sophie Sheeline on a free position shot, then again off a give-and-go sequence from sophomore attacker Brooke Bullington to sophomore middie Ali Kim. With 2:26 to go before the half, Kimmie Flather put in her first of three goals to finish the first half with Menlo leading 5-4. Following the halftime break, the fast pace continued with Paly challenging again in the opening minutes, tying the game again at 5-all. The lead shifted in Paly’s direction when they scored their sixth goal with 12:13 to play. Menlo answered one minute, 10 seconds later for 6-all. This time, the free-position shot was executed by Kim. Menlo went up 7-6, then Paly tied it 7-all.

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Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse Recruiting: Menlo School Girls Lacrosse Midfielder Maggie Brown Will Attend Georgetown And Sacred Heart Prep’s Tory Wilkinson Will Play For Louisville

Menlo School’s Maggie Brown and Sacred Heart Prep’s Tory Wilkinson will leave their Atherton stomping grounds this fall for Georgetown and Louisville, respectively, where the standout midfielders look to reinvent stereotypes about California lacrosse.

“I want to show people that California lacrosse is growing,” said Brown, who was selected to attend a showcase in Florida that includes the top 80 players in the nation. “I want to show them that they should be afraid of us.”

Wilkinson, who first caught the attention of the Louisville coach at a summer camp as the California player, hopes to remove the label and be considered just a lacrosse player.

“Or maybe I can just surprise everyone and be the California player and change their opinion of West Coast lacrosse,” Wilkinson said.

For more:  http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_15115201?nclick_check=1

Northern California High School Lacrosse: Palo Alto Girls Lacrosse To Face Saint Francis, Menlo Girls Lacrosse Vs. Burlingame, And Palo Alto Boys Lacrosse Vs. Mountain View In Conference Championships

It will be a tripleheader of lacrosse championships matches on Saturday at Palo Alto High. Appropriately enough, the host Vikings will be playing in two of the finales.

The top-seeded Paly girls will face No. 3 St. Francis in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League title match at 11 a.m., followed by the Paly boys against Mountain View in their SCVAL finale at 1 p.m. The Menlo girls, who routed Castilleja, 20-7, in the semifinals, will get the busy day under way in the West Bay Athletic League championship against Burlingame at 9 a.m.

While the Menlo girls will be defending and the Paly girls — they won a semifinal on Wednesday — playing for their first title, the big surprise among the finalists has to be the Paly boys. The Vikings, in only their first year of playing, shocked perennial champ Menlo, 11-10, in overtime on Thursday in the semifinals in Atherton. Mountain View eliminated Los Gatos, 9-5, in the other semi.

“One more to go!” Paly coach Craig Conover told his players after the thrilling victory that saw the Vikings score three goals in the final 1:15 of regulation before winning it in OT.

The unusual matchup paired SCVAL De Anza Division champ Menlo against El Camino Division champ Paly (16-5). The Knights went 10-0 in league while the Vikings were 9-1. It was a showdown that most likely should have been for the title.

Both teams played like the match was for everything as they battled evenly throughout in what appeared reminiscent of the April 20 encounter between the schools when Menlo won, 13-11. Paly’s hopes looked shaky again when Menlo standout middie Kyle Bullington scored his fourth goal with 2:16 to play, for a 10-7 margin.

Conover, however, had a different message for his players this time.

“It’s only three goals,” he said, “We can do this.”

Many of the Vikings kept the faith. They knew Conover from NCJLA club lacrosse, where in three of the past four years he has coached his teams to playoff wins against top-seeded opponents. When Paly freshman Jonny Glazier passed to attackman Zach Spain, and Spain had time and room to rifle in his second goal of the game, there was only 1:15 left but the 10-8 Menlo lead seemed a little less secure.

The Vikings won the ensuing faceoff, but a quick turnover gave the ball to Menlo goalie Grant Evans, who had an excellent game with 12 saves. With a leaping, one-handed block, however, Spain knocked down Evans’ clearing throw, gained possession and passed to fellow attackman Cory Valenti, who netted it for the second Palo Alto goal in 26 seconds. Now there were 49 seconds left and the Knights’ lead seemed very fragile.

With momentum and rousing fan support behind them, the Vikings ended up with possession after a loose-ball push was called on the Knights during the ensuing faceoff. With the clock winding down, Paly middie Kris Hoglund probed the Knights’ defense left, then right, before passing to fellow middie Kevin Proceviat. The timekeeper started counting down “10, 9…” as Proceviat drove toward the crease. As the count hit “4, 3,” Proceviat managed an awkward, falling, backhanded pass to Spain, who snared the ball and bounced a shot past Evans for the tying score with two seconds remaining. The Vikings bench and fans erupted.

Palo Alto’s adrenaline continued into the sudden victory (“golden goal”) overtime period. Hoglund got a rare faceoff win (the Knights won 15 of 23 at the line), and set up Paly’s offense. He ripped an overhand shot that was checked and sailed wide, but Palo Alto kept the ball for another chance. Solid defense led to a ground ball scooped up by Bullington, who sprinted downfield as Menlo hopes soared. Freshman’s Wiley Osborne’s shot was checked, however, and Paly regained possession.

When a Menlo check caused a loose-ball scramble to the right of the cage, Proceviat claimed the ground ball and fired a pass to Hoglund, unguarded in front of the cage and Evans. Hoglund faked low and buried the ball in the upper left corner, to end the game and Menlo’s undefeated SCVAL season campaign.

Bullington was high-point man for the day, with four goals and an assist for the Knights (14-6). Fellow seniors Chris Brown and Chris Kvamme scored two goals and an assist in their last game for Menlo, while Osborne added two goals. The Vikings were paced by sophomore Hoglund and junior Spain, with three goals and an assist each. Junior Proceviat had the two key assists that sent the game into overtime, and a goal, while Glazier and junior Valenti each had a goal and an assist. Paly also got a goal each from senior Spencer Sims, and junior Brian Keohane.

In the WBAL, Menlo (16-4) had expected to face No. 2 seed Sacred Heart Prep (14-10) in the finals, but the Gators were upended by No. 3 Burlingame, 8-7. It was SHP’s third-straight loss to the Panthers, including two losses during the regular season.

Thus, the Knights come into the finals as a heavy favorite, having beaten Burlingame convincingly in their two meetings.

Menlo rolled over Castilleja (6-8) easily as senior Maggie Brown scored seven goals and freshman Michaela Michael added five. Brown now has 107 goals this season, which ties her for the most in the nation according to MaxPreps.com. She’s also listed sixth in the country in points with 134 (107 goals, 34 assists). It’s the second straight season she has surpassed 100 goals, making her only the second person in school history to reach triple-digit scoring. Madi Shove is the other.

Castilleja tied Menlo, 1-1, with just 57 seconds gone in the match on a goal by Stephanie Merenbach, who finished with two. With less than five minutes gone, however, Menlo held a 7-1 lead and the outcome never was in doubt after that.

In the other girls’ semifinal, Sacred Heart Prep senior Tory Wilkinson scored three goals and added two assists but no other Gator managed more than one goal as they fell to Burlingame.

Wilkinson finished the season with 77 goals and 29 assists for 106 points. Kendall Cody and Michelle Gonia each added 37 goals for the Gators.


Northern California High School Boys Lacrosse: Menlo Boys Lacrosse (14-5) Is Top Seed For Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) Playoffs

In the boys’ SCVAL playoffs, Menlo is the No. 1 seed while Palo Alto is seeded No. 5. the Vikings will open play on Tuesday at No. 4 Burlingame while No. 6 Woodside is at No. 3 Los Gatos. If Woodside and Paly win, the Vikings will play at Mountain View on Thursday. If Los Gatos and Paly win, then the Vikings will face Menlo in the semifinals.

The site and time of the championship match has not yet been announced.

The Menlo boys (10-0, 14-5) wrapped up a perfect league season in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 12-2 romp over host Saratoga on Saturday. Kyle Bullington led the Knights with four goals and three assists while David Lee helped control the offense by winning 11 of 13 faceoffs.

The Palo Alto boys finished its SCVAL El Camino Division with a 9-1 record (14-5 overall) by defeating crosstown rival Gunn, 11-6, last Thursday night. The Titans finished their season 6-4 in league (6-10 overall). Both teams were in their first season of competition. Zach Spain led the Vikings with four goals and two assists while Kris Hoglund added three goals and one assist with John Brunett contributing two goals and three assists.

Menlo-Atherton saw its season end with an 8-7 overtime loss to host Mountain View. Zander Rohn scored three goals and Pierce Osgood added two for the Bears (2-8, 6-8).


Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse: Menlo Knights Girls Lacrosse (11-3) Defeat Burlingame 21-8 And Are Now Leading West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division)

Menlo has finished the first half of its West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season and, to no one’s surprise, the Knights are sitting atop the standings. That position was secured with a 21-8 blasting of host Burlingame on Thursday as freshman Michaela Michael scored eight goals and senior Maggie Brown added five for the Knights (4-0, 11-3).

Date Opponent Result
3/02 vs. Carondelet   L,  18-7
3/05 at Menlo-Atherton   W, 16-4
3/06 at Berkeley, CA   W, 19-15
3/09 FOOTHILL, PLEASANTON   L,  19-14 (OT)
3/11 at Amador Valley   L,  15-5
3/13 OAK RIDGE   W, 15-10
3/24 SACRED HEART PREP, CA   W, 16-15 (OT)
3/26 STOWE SCHOOL, ENG   W, 17-6
3/31 PALO ALTO   W, 12-11 (2OT)
4/09 at Cathedral Catholic   W, 18-9
4/10 vs. Santana   W, 17-10
4/10 vs. Bishop’s School   W, 14-10
4/13 CASTILLEJA   W, 21-7
4/15 at Burlingame   W, 21-8
4/23 at Sacred Heart Prep, CA    
5/08 at St. Ignatius Prep, CA    
Coach: Jennifer B. Lee

Meeting for the first time this season, Menlo took control quickly and early by scoring six unanswered goals in the opening seven minutes. The Knights played hard, focused lacrosse for 50 minutes and maintained their lead for the duration of the game. Menlo led 14-3 at halftime, and was in good form for the whole game. Scoring was spread out among seven Menlo players and nine of 21 were assisted goals (a possible game-and season-high record for the team).

Brown and Michaela accounted for 16 points as they combined for three assists and 13 goals. Senior Mila Sheeline added three goals as she converted all three of her shot attempts. Rebecca Belding and Charlotte Pratt accounted for Burlingame’s scoring.

Menlo next competes in the annual Paly-hosted Western States Invitational at Treasure Island on Saturday. Menlo was the division champion in 2008, the last time the Knights participated in the event.


Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse: CIF-Central Coast #1 Menlo School Girls Lacrosse Defeated #2 Palo Alto 12-11 In Two Overtimes On March 31

It was a battle between the No. 1 and 2 teams in the Central Coast Section. It was a meeting of two coaches from the same club team. It was a confrontation between players who are teammates in the offseason.

Palo Alto's Emy Kelty (15) takes control of the ball while Menlo's Maggie Brown goes from attacking to defending during the Knights' 12-11 victory in sudden death. Brown scored four goals. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

All that added up to something special when Menlo School hosted Palo Alto on Wednesday in a nonleague showdown to decide the unofficial champion in girls’ lacrosse this season.

With no CCS playoffs in lacrosse and both teams playing in separate leagues — Menlo in the WBAL and Paly in the SCVAL — this one-time meeting offered big-time bragging rights to the winner.

Not too surprisingly, deciding the winner was not easy. It took two halves, two overtimes and then two sudden-death periods before Menlo senior Mila Sheeline scored to give the Knights a thrilling and exhausting 12-11 victory on Wednesday that stretched late into the day and finished in the cold rain.

“It was a battle royale,” said Menlo coach Jen Lee. “And what is the best for me is that I 100 percent respected my opponent; how they played and how they are coached. I love some of those Paly girls because I have traveled with them in the summer, fall and winter — some of them extensively over the last 2 1/2 years. It is so exciting to see them enjoy this great and strong start to their season.”

Lee and Paly coach Jen Gray are both assistant coaches with the Wave under head coach Michele Uhlfelder, the former Stanford head coach. Eleven Paly players and 18 from Menlo played this past offseason with the team. About 60 percent of those 27 made the travel squad and played in national tournaments in Vail (Colorado), Maryland, Pennsylvania and Arizona as teammates and roommates.

Thus, Wednesday’s match might have looked like an intrasquad scrimmage to those who follow the Wave. But, it was much more than that. Menlo is the long-established power on the Peninsula while Palo Alto, only in its third year, has arrived as a strong contender for eventual CCS surpremacy.

“Jen Gray and her 2010 varsity have achieved what I have yet to do — post a regulation win versus the great St. Ignatius. In just three years, they have done this, which not a lot of other teams can usually say, especially programs that are this young. I fully respect that. I am 0-for-10 years (against SI).”

Palo Alto brought a 9-0 record into Wednesday’s match while Menlo was just 5-3. The Knights, however, have played an extremely tough schedule and were ready for the showdown, as were the Vikings.

“A visiting coach/spectator commented, ‘You should have charged admission,’ Lee said. “It was a thriller, no doubt about it.”

Paly scored first with sophomore middie-attacker Kimmie Flather (her first of two) just 49 seconds into the game. Menlo’s senior middie tri-captain Maggie Brown answered immediately off a feed from her partner in the midfield senior tri-captain Mila Sheeline, less than two minutes later. With goals from Brown, again, and Sheeline in the next two minutes, Menlo was up 3-1 in the first 5:17 of elapsed play.

Paly answered again a few minutes later, on a solo challenge by freshman attacker Charlotte Biffar. Sheeline scored and Paly added one just before the break as Menlo took a 4-3 lead into halftime.

During the second half of regulation, both sides traded goals. Paly scored first, in less than 1 1/2 minutes (Nina Kelty) then Menlo (Brown), then Kelty, again for Paly, and freshman Michaela Michael for Menlo, and so on and so forth. Paly led once at 8-7 with 7:15 to play, but Brown answered with a bullet just 13 seconds off the following draw. Michael converted to put Menlo up 9-8 with 2:11 to play, but it was enough time for Paly the tying goal with just 1:35 to play, by Flather, on an assist from senior defender Lauren Mah.

At 9-9, Menlo prepared for its third overtime of the 2010 season. Paly scored once in each overtime period, by senior middie Emily Fowler, and senior attacker Brianna Boyd), to lead 11-9. In the second three minutes of OT, Michael rolled for one goal, and Brown converted for the second tie and send the game into sudden death. The first three minutes yielded no goals by either side, and a few huge saves for Menlo’s goalie Rachel Star to keep everyone on the edge of their seats.

In the next three minutes of sudden victory/death, Menlo won the first draw, but turned it over in front of the cage with a frenetic feed attempt. Paly’s settled offense was patient, but a turnover occurred such that Menlo challenged down the field for yet one more try.

After the ball was loose, Paly came up with it inside the 8 near the crease, and Sheeline leaped for the ball, intercepted it, controlled it (in traffic), and got the shot off from about the five-meter mark — putting the ball past Paly keeper Laura Cutkosky for the dramatic game-winner in the cold, rain and darkness.

“The buildup of excitement to the contest was tremendous,” Lee said. “Both sides knew it was going to be a great matchup and, in every way, the game lived up to the hype.”

Sheeline finished with three goals and two assists while Brown scored four goals and Michael added three for the Knights. Flather led Paly with three goals while Brianna Boyd and Gracie Cain added two each.

In a SCVAL match, host St. Francis handed Gunn a 15-2 loss.


Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse 2009 All-West Bay Athletic League (WBAL) Team: Foothill Division

Foothill Division

Menlo School senior Madi Shove, who scored 101 goals and added 25 assists while helping the Knights to a 17-5 record and the West Bay Athletic League regular-season and playoff titles, is the Most Valuable Player on the 2009 All-WBAL Foothill Division girls' lacrosse team. Menlo went 14-0 in league play and topped Menlo-Atherton, 16-6, in the playoff finale as Shove scored five goals.

Menlo School senior Madi Shove, who scored 101 goals and added 25 assists while helping the Knights to a 17-5 record and the West Bay Athletic League regular-season and playoff titles, is the Most Valuable Player on the 2009 All-WBAL Foothill Division girls' lacrosse team. Menlo went 14-0 in league play and topped Menlo-Atherton, 16-6, in the playoff finale as Shove scored five goals.

Most Valuable Player:

Madi Shove (Menlo) Sr.

First Team
Maggie Brown (Menlo); Casey Burnett (Menlo-Atherton); Stephanie Covell (Sacred Heart Prep); Kendall Eder (Menlo-Atherton); Alex Fanelli (Menlo-Atherton); Tara Grady (Pioneer); Adrian Holland (Menlo-Atherton); Julia Keller (Sacred Heart Prep); Ginny Miller (Menlo); Rei Nakamura (Menlo-Atherton); Mila Sheeline (Menlo); Kat Silva (Pioneer).

Second Team
Fallon Cox (Sacred Heart Prep); Kelsey Cramner-Brown (Gunn); Nicky Ferguson (Menlo); Raissa Maskett (Menlo-Atherton); Emily McCall (Menlo); Anna Murveit (Menlo-Atherton); Chloe Peters (Menlo-Atherton); Sarah Russell (Sacred Heart Prep); Emma Southgate (Menlo); Laura Spanko (Pioneer); Tory Wilkinson (Sacred Heart Prep); Natalie Williford (Menlo).

Honorable Mention
Monserrat Benavides (Menlo-Atherton); Kendall Cody (Sacred Heart Prep); Julie Gessow (Menlo); Eileen Johnson (Menlo-Atherton); Michelle Kwong (Castilleja); Saham Mozattari (Pioneer); Vivian Nguyen (Pioneer); Marggy Poe (Leland); Sophie Romans (Sacred Heart Prep); Monica Rosenkranz (Menlo); Sophie Shevick (Gunn); Beth Shin (Pioneer); Melissa Sodergren (Leland); Deborah Wohl (Menlo).

Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse Profile: Menlo School Girls Lacrosse Junior Maggie Brown Is Driven To Be Best Player In Menlo History

Menlo School’s Maggie Brown has gotten exponentially better since taking up lacrosse.  Chris Clark / Menlo School

Menlo School’s Maggie Brown has gotten exponentially better since taking up lacrosse before her freshman year. this season, the junior midfielder broke the school scoring record, finding the back of the net 105 times.. Chris Clark / Menlo School

(From the Daily Journal/San Mateo Article)    Menlo School junior Maggie Brown makes no bones about it. When her prep lacrosse career concludes next May, she wants to own all the school records and be considered the greatest player in Menlo history.

She’s well on her way.

The Daily Journal’s Athlete of the Week, Brown totaled eight goals in two games last week, including a four-goal effort in the Knights’ 16-6 win over Menlo-Atherton Saturday in the West Bay Athletic League championship game. Brown, who had already smashed the school’s single-season goal record, finished the season with an astounding 105 goals for a Menlo squad that finished 17-5.

“I’m not going to lie. I want to be the best in school history and I want to break all the records,” Brown said. “I’m a really competitive person. It feels good (to be able to set the single-season goal-scoring record), but I’m not stopping now.”

Few teams — if any — could stop the sensational midfielder from making plays. The 5-foot-4 Brown used her speed, intelligence and potent shot to wreak havoc on opposing teams. Even though Brown was a scoring machine, she made a conscious decision to get her teammates involved.

“I don’t want to be considered a ball hog,” Brown said. “I worry more about assists and getting everyone involved and participating (in the flow of play). At the same time, if it takes me scoring for us to win, then I’ll do that, too.”

Menlo coach Jen Lee, who just completed her 10th season at the helm — the program has been around for 14 years — said Brown ranks among the best players she’s ever coached. Lee raves about Brown’s overall skill set. What can Brown do for you?

Apparently, plenty.

“Maggie is phenomenal,” Lee said. “She’s athletic, fast, aggressive towards the goal and has the ability to catch a lot of varying feeds. Sometimes it makes you say ‘Wow,’ with the things she can do. She can finish with power or finesse. The dedication Maggie shows (on a daily basis) is rare. She plays a la East Coast style, in that she’s always working on her game. She’s highly mature in terms of focus, and she’s done everything she could to achieve the ultimate goal. She’s a student of the game and very savvy. She is every coach’s dream.”

Brown’s fellow midfielder, Madi Shove, also broke the school’s previous single-season goal-scoring record, which Allie Haynes set last year with 74. Shove finished with 94 goals and teamed with Brown to make one dynamic duo. The two pushed each other to be the best, and often times they were simply unstoppable.

“To have two players blow the record out of the water in the same season is just crazy,” Lee said. “Madi and Maggie inspire each other to be the best every game, and it’s unique when you have two great players who always played at the top of their games.”

Brown’s rise to the top was swift and powerful. After scoring only three goals during her freshman year, Brown tallied 53 goals last season. So what changed? Brown’s learning curve. She only took up lacrosse the summer before her freshman year, and obviously it was going to take some time for Brown to develop. Obviously it didn’t take that long, as evidenced by her breakthrough sophomore season.

“The player Maggie was as a freshman to the player Maggie is now, there’s no comparison,” Lee said. “She’s gone off the charts.”

Said Brown: “Freshman year was a little intimidating. I was the only freshman on the varsity, so I was more timid and never drove to the goal. I was content to pass to someone else and let them do the work.”

Brown is one versatile athlete. In addition to her three years of varsity lacrosse, Brown has been a two-year varsity member of the cross-country and soccer teams. She was a WBAL first-team selection at sweeper this past season, providing a defensive presence that all soccer teams need to be successful. Ironically enough, it was Brown’s dwindling passion for soccer the summer before her freshman year that provided the impetus for her to try out lacrosse.

Things couldn’t have worked out any better. In addition to becoming a top-notch lacrosse player, the three months Brown took off from soccer allowed her to re-discover her love for what many refer to as “the beautiful game.” Brown said she excels in sports because of her mentality.

“I think I’m mentally stronger than my competitors,” she said. “A lot of times winning comes down to a mindset.”

Menlo’s season featured a trip to Florida, where it played some of the top-ranked teams in the nation. While the Knights didn’t beat the Nos. 1 and 5-ranked squads in the country, the tough competition proved to be a valuable learning tool. Menlo held its own, something of which Brown is proud. She plays lacrosse year-around and the summer club season is especially busy. She plays for the Bay Area Waves and they travel to the East Coast for a number of tournaments each summer. Brown said she loves it when the Waves take it to some of the traditional East Coast powers.

“There’s a lot of prejudice from the East Coast teams thinking just because we’re from California, we can’t be that good,” Brown said. “But after we play some of them, they’ll come up to us and say, ‘Wow, I thought you guys would suck because you’re from California.’ So it’s encouraging to see lacrosse is growing here and that we’re developing good teams.”

It’s players like Brown who give the Golden State further credibility in the lacrosse world.


Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse: Menlo-Atherton Girls Lacrosse To Play Menlo School In West Bay Athletic League Girls Lacrosse Championship Game Saturday

Menlo School Girls LacrosseMenlo-Atherton and Menlo School-Atherton will play for the West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse championship after winning semifinals Thursday.

Menlo, the Foothill Division champ, took down Skyline Division co-champion Burlingame 14-9 while M-A was beating Palo Alto 7-4.

The title bout will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Menlo School.

Maggie Brown (five goals), Madi Shove (four) and Ginny Miller (three) again led Menlo’s offense. The Knights (16-5) also got a notable effort from junior middie Mila Sheeline, who came up with seven clean caught balls off of the center draw. Her speed and winning of the draw balls, with four contested ground balls won and three caused turnovers, was significant. Shove, Miller and Sheeline had assists. Devin Garnick (seven saves) and Laura Torello (three saves) worked in goal for Menlo.

Palo Alto (18-3), the other Skyline Division co-champion, got goals from Emily Benatar, Brianna Boyd, Sam Herzog and Kimmie Flather.

M-A (13-6) received scoring from Chloe Peters (two goals), Kendall Eder (two goals), Alex Fanelli, Casey Burnett and Adrian Holland.


Northern California High School Boys Lacrosse: Peninsula Athletic League And West Bay Athletic League Playoffs Begin

Menlo-Atherton Boys Lacrosse vs Menlo 2009

Menlo-Atherton Boys Lacrosse vs Menlo 2009

The Peninsula Athletic League playoffs got under way Monday with host Menlo-Atherton advancing with a 9-6 victory over Mountain View. The match pitted the league’s No. 3 finisher (M-A) against the No. 6-seeded Spartans.

The Bears fought off an early challenge to take a 6-3 halftime lead. Senior David McLaughlin led Menlo-Atherton with five goals while Charlie Fitz added three and Zander Rohn one.

Goalie Kevin Sheridan had seven saves. Menlo-Atherton is next slated to face No. 2 seed Menlo on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., on the Knights’ field.

The new and expanded girls’ lacrosse playoffs get under way in the West Bay Athletic League with Gunn, Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep all playing first-round matches on Tuesday.

Palo Alto shared the WBAL Skyline Division title with Burlingame, both with 11-1 records. The Vikings (16-2 overall), however got the No. 2 seed in the division after losing to Burlingame during the regular season. That puts Paly into an opening-round game at rival Gunn (6-6, 9-11) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Gunn finished tied with SHP for third place but lost a coin flip and received the No. 4 seed from the Foothill Division while Sacred Heart Prep got the No. 3 seed. The Gators (6-6, 9-10) will host Burlingame on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Palo Alto already has beaten Gunn twice this season.

The SHP-Burlingame winner will visit Foothill Division champion Menlo (12-0, 15-5) on Thursday in one semifinal at 4 p.m. The Gunn-Paly winner will face host Menlo-Atherton (9-3, 12-6), the Foothill Division runnerup, also at 4 p.m.

The PAL playoff championship match will be played Saturday. Menlo is the defending champion, posting a victory over M-A in the 2008 title match.

Menlo is coming off a 20-10 nonleague loss to St. Ignatius on Saturday.