The Sacred Heart Prep and Palo Alto boys' lacrosse teams last faced off during the 2011 SCVAL tournament, with the Gators riding a 10-game unbeaten streak during their exceptional inaugural season of varsity play.
The Vikings rudely welcomed the newcomers that day with a 12-3 drubbing, but Tuesday night Sacred Heart exacted revenge under the lights at Palo Alto. Running up a 4-0 halftime lead, the Gators took advantage of disciplined defense and Paly penalties on their way to a 10-8 victory and a first-place 4-0 De Anza Division record (5-0 overall). Palo Alto falls to 1-1 in division play (4-1 overall).
Sacred Heart scoring was led by their sophomore attack: Duncan Hoskinson had four goals, Frankie Hattler had two goals and three assists, and Noah Kawasaki had a goal and an assist. Fellow sophomore midfielder Ryan Mattison scored three, and exceptional goalie play by freshman Austin Appleton resulted in 13 saves.
SHP senior midfielder Duke Moran man-marked the Vikings' Kris Hoglund for much of the night, holding him to a single goal. Hoglund had been averaging more than five points a game for Palo Alto. Jordan Gans and Matt Lam each got two for the Vikings, while Skyler Anderson, Jonny Glazier, and Logan Mendenhall scored once.
Earlier Tuesday afternoon, host Menlo School beat previously undefeated Menlo-Atherton, 10-9, in overtime to give both schools identical 2-1 De Anza Division records (Menlo is 3-1 overall; M-A 6-2 overall). Meanwhile, 2010 and 2011 SCVAL runner-up Mt. View is 0-3 in the Division (1-4 overall), with losses to Paly, M-A, and Menlo, suggesting that this may be a rebuilding year for the Spartans.
Sacred Heart previously beat Menlo 15-10, although the Knights were missing star attack Nick Schultz, who had been sidelined with an ankle injury. Schultz made his season debut against M-A and scored three goals, as did Connor Stastny.
Wiley Osborne scored the winning goal after Shultz had tied the game with less than two minutes left in regulation. Osborne also scored the winner in last year's league semifinal playoff win over M-A, also in OT.
The Knights' midfield played past being tired, and the defense took it personal when challenged late in the game and locked down, Menlo coach Todd Blumbergs said.
Osborne finished with two goals and two assists and Ryan Grzejka had a pair of goals and an assist. Luc McNally finished with nine saves.
Nick Schlein had three goals and two assists for M-A while Pierce Osgood added a pair of goals.
For the third time in as many weeks (all on Tuesday afternoons), Gunn took the opening game in a home-and-home series against a SCVAL El Camino Division opponent. This time it was against visiting Fremont, 7-1. The Titans pushed their record to 3-2 in league (6-5 overall) while the Firebirds fell to 2-1 (3-9).
Junior right-hander Chris Rea, youngest of the baseball playing Rea family, gave up one unearned run on two hits in a complete-game gem. He evened his record at 1-1.
At the plate, Rea helped his own cause by going 2-for-2, with an RBI and a run scored. Batterymate Ben Sampson, also a junior, likewise had two hits on the day, plus an RBI and a run scored. The eight hits by the Titans -- all singles -- were the most by Gunn in two weeks.
In nonleague action, host Sacred Heart Prep dropped its second straight as Lowell (San Francisco) scored four runs in the sixth to grab a 7-5 victory. Luke Thomas had a pair of hits for the Gators (8-3-1).
Gunn remained atop the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 195-221 victory over Fremont at Palo Alto Municipal on Tuesday. Avinash Sharma led the Titans (3-0, 4-0) with a 1-over 37 while Jack Jaffe shot 38 and Jayshree Sarathy carded a 39. Anna Zhou (40) and Anson Cheng (41) rounded out Gunn's scoring while Stephen Wong also shot 41. Jordan Stibbard of Fremont earned medalist honors with a 1-under 35.
Defending West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo School opened its title defense with a 15-3 win over host Menlo-Atherton on Tuesday. The Knights (1-0, 2-3) got six goals and two assists from Michaela Michael for a season-high eight points, three goals from Ali Kim and two goals from Brooke Bullington.
Meredith Geaghan-Breiner, Sydney Novak-Federmeyer and Emily Carlson scored for the Bears (0-1, 2-2).
The Knights dominated in every category, including combining to make 75 percent of their shots.
Menlo will visit Sacred Heart Prep on Thursday (4 p.m.) before hosting Cherry Creek (Colorado) on Monday. Cherry Creek was ranked No. 1 in the West in the preseason and is the defending state champ.
In nonleague action, Castilleja routed host Sacred Heart Cathedral, 17-0, at Crocker-Amazon Park in San Francisco. The Gators were led by senior Martha Harding with six goals and one assist while Katherine Hobbs added four goals and four assists, Lou Biffar tallied three goals while Suparna Jasuja, Ellie Zales, and Julia Brug also contributed.
Sacred Heart Prep came up with some top individual performances but didn't have enough depth to deal with visiting St. Francis and dropped a pair of nonleague meets on Tuesday.
St. Francis prevailed in the girls' meet, 100-70, and took the boys' showdown by 94-76.
Sophomore Ally Howe led the SHP girls by winning the 200 free (1:53.11) and 100 fly (57.87) in addition to leading off the winning 200 medley (1:52.48) and 400 free (3:37.15) relay teams.
Junior Erica Myers took the 500 free (5:16.27) and 100 back (1:01.20) and swam on both winning relays while senior Erin Sheridan anchored both relays and won the 100 in a solid 53.83. Selby Sturzenegger won the 100 breast (1:09.86) and also contributed to the winning relays.
In the boys' meet, SHP senior Tom Kremer led the way by taking the 200 IM in 1:50.66, just missing the school record of 1:49.66 by Austin Staley in 2006. Kremer also won the 100 fly (51.01) while Harrison Enright won the 200 free in a season-best 1:50.16 and Chris Hinrichs won the 500 free (5:02.50).
The Lancers, however, swept all three relays -- posting fast times of 1:29.07 in the 200 free relay and 3:20.86 in the 400 free relay.