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Menlo girls just miss beating St. Ignaius in lacrosse

 

The Menlo School girls' lacrosse team jumped out to a 4-0 lead, gave up nine straight goals, battled its way into double overtime but still dropped a 17-16 nonleague decision to visiting St. Ignatius on Tuesday. The loss marked the 12th straight year that Menlo coach Jen Lee has lost to the Wildcats.

"Menlo came closer than ever, really and truly, to earn a regulation win against its local and legitimate nemesis -- St. Ignatius," Lee said.

Menlo (9-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead on four straight goals by sophomore middie Ali Kim. The Wildcats, however, then scored nine unanswered goals to grab a 9-5 halftime lead. Menlo trailed by 11-5 with 18:07 left to play before launching a comeback with six straight goals in the span of 8:28 to tie SI at 11 with 8:03 left to play.

Menlo took a 13-12 lead on goals by Kacie Madeira and Michaela Michael, but SI forced overtime with a goal with just 14 seconds left. After SI took a 16-15 lead in the first overtime, Menlo's Savannah McKinnon raced up the middle, was fouled and passed to junior Sophie Sheeline, who scored to make it 16-16 with just 10 seconds left to play. After taking a break before the second "sudden-victory" overtime, SI finally scored to end the marathon match.

Kim finished with six goals while Michael added three along with junior Elyse Adler. Sheeline contributed a pair of goals for the Knights while Hannah Farr led SI (8-1) with eight goals.

In the West Bay Athletic League, freshman Caroline Cummings and senior Julia Keller each scored four goals to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 14-9 victory over host Menlo-Atherton on Tuesday. The Gators (5-1, 12-5) remained a game back of first-place Menlo while the Bears fell to 2-3 in league (5-5 overall)

Cummings and Keller also added two assists as did senior Kendall Cody, who also scored three times to match Maddie Del Santo's tally while Sydney Novak-Federmeyer led M-A with three goals.

Baseball

Palo Alto suffered its first shutout of the season and lost its third straight game following a 3-0 nonleague setback to visiting Del Mar in the opening round of the Baseball Battling Cancer tournament at Leland High in San Jose.

After winning eight consecutive games, the Vikings (11-7) now have lost four of their past five. Against Del Mar, Paly managed just three hits. Paly will play a second-round game Thursday.

In WBAL action, Pinewood held on for a 7-6 victory over King's Academy as Zach Jones and Cyrus Chagnon combined for the win. Dante Fraioli, Josh Rose and Jones all had two hits and two RBI for the Panthers.

Boys' golf

It was cold and windy, but that didn't stop Menlo School senior Patrick Grimes from shooting an even-par 36 on the back nine to lead the Knights to a 194-237 victory over Crystal Springs in a WBAL match at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club on Tuesday. Menlo remained unbeaten as sophomore Andrew Buchanan, junior Will Petit and senior Bobby Pender all shot 37. Grimes just missed a birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole, but tapped in for a par to earn medalist honors.

A key hole for Grimes was the par-4 16th, an uphill dogleg right test. Grimes hit his second shot straight into a strong wind, with the ball dropping on the front edge of the green and rolling back 20 yards. Grimes nonetheless pitched to within four feet and made his par-saving putt. He finished with seven pars, one bogey and one birdie.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton posted a 202-211 victory over Burlingame at Sharon Heights Country Club on Tuesday. Travis Anderson, David McNamara and Matt Tinyo all shot 4-over-par 36 for the Bears while Max Culhane added a 43. Jeff Carney of Burlingame scored a hole-in-one while teammate Tommy Economou earned medalist honors with a 35.

Softball

Kelly McConnell pitched a one-hitter to pace host Menlo School to a 7-0 victory over Pinewood in a WBAL game Tuesday. McConnell took a perfect game into the seventh inning before the Panthers ended it. The Knights improved to 4-1.

In the PAL Ocean Division, host Menlo-Atherton gave up just five hits but committed four errors and dropped a 13-1 decision to first-place San Mateo. Erin LaPorte and Nichole Hernandez each had two hits for the Bears.

Boys' tennis

Menlo-Atherton wrapped up the PAL Bay Division regular-season title and earned a berth in the Central Coast Section playoffs with a 6-1 victory over host Mills during a windy afternoon in Millbrae.

The Bears (13-0, 15-2) changed their lineup again, moving their No. 1 doubles team of Christian and Jesse Perkins into the No. 3 and 4 singles positions, respectively. Christian responded with a 6-1, 7-5 victory while Jesse produced a 6-2, 6-1 triumph. Scott Morris (No. 1) and Zeke Brown (No. 2) also won in straight sets.

Menlo-Atherton will go after its third straight unbeaten PAL season on Thursday when it closes the regular season against visiting Aragon at 4 p.m.

In San Jose, Sacred Heart Prep continued to struggle in the WBAL while dropping a 5-2 decision to host Harker on Tuesday. The Gators fell to 6-3 in league (7-8 overall) with only Thursday's home match against King's Academy left on the regular-season schedule.

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-- Keith Peters

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