After playing 21 matches this season, the Menlo School boys' lacrosse team now plays a waiting game. The wait, however, won't take too long as the Knights will discover Wednesday if they are the No. 1 or 2 seed for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League playoffs.
The Knights took care of business on Monday as they defeated host Menlo-Atherton, 11-9, in their regular-season finale. The victory earned Menlo (9-3, 14-7) no worse than a No. 2 seed in the playoffs and a bye in Saturday's opening round.
Menlo can earn the top seed for the playoffs if visiting Palo Alto (6-4, 11-5) beats first-place Mountain View (9-2) on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Menlo built a 7-2 halftime lead against the Bears (8-3, 12-5), who earned the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and will host Woodside on Saturday.
Menlo's Ryan Stastny notched a hat trick and sophomore Wiley Osborne had two goals and two assists for the Knights. Senior Phil Taylor gave Menlo a huge advantage, going 13 for 20 on faceoffs, and adding a goal.
Sophomore Luc McNally reeled in six saves for the Knights. Freshman Ben Garfinkel pitched in with a pair of goals and sophomore Nick Schultz added a goal and an assist. Junior Pete Foster and sophomore Connor Paterson each contributed a goal for Menlo.
In San Jose, Sacred Heart Prep wrapped up the SCVAL El Camino Division regular-season championship with a 16-3 victory over host Leland on Monday. The Gators (11-0, 15-3) have only one match remaining on Wednesday before heading into the SCVAL playoffs on Saturday at Palo Alto, the fourth-place team in the De Anza Division.
Adam Cropper, Frankie Hattler and Duncan Hoskinson led the Gators on Monday all with four goals each. Andrew Eifert added two goals as SHP grabbed a 13-0 halftime lead and cruised from there.
Hogan Bradford gave Sacred Heart Prep a good start to the week by tossing a complete-game no-hitter while leading the Gators to a 4-0 nonleague victory over visiting Hillsdale on Monday. The game previously was rained out on March 19.
Bradford wasn't expected to pitch the entire game, but had a no-hitter and a 4-0 lead after three innings and kept taking the mound. He walked three, hit one batter and struck out five. The Gators (13-10) managed only four hits themselves and now have five in their past two games.
SHP's offense should pick up Wedneseday when the Gators face Crystal Springs at Sea Cloud Park in Foster City in a WBAL game at 4 p.m. The Gryphons lost to Menlo last Friday, 20-0. The Gators still hold the league lead at 6-0.
Sacred Heart Prep earned the league's second berth for Central Coast Section regional play by posting a score of 391 during Monday's WBAL Championships at Menlo Country Club.
Regular-season champ Menlo won the team crown with a 378 score, but the Knights already had clinched a CCS berth. Sacred Heart needed to finish second to the Knights in order to advance. Harker was third with 426 while Pinewood (456) was fourth.
Harker's Maverick McNealy, a Portola Valley resident, and Colton Bares of Pinewood qualified for CCS as individuals as both shot 75.
Menlo senior Patrick Grimes won individual honors with a 1-under-par 69. Teammates Andrew Buchanan (72) and Bobby Pender (74) followed Grimes at the top of the leaderboard. All three led the league in scoring average (in that position) during the round-robin season.
Sacred Heart Prep will play in a CCS regional on May 10 while Menlo will compete on May 11, both at Rancho Canada West Golf Course in Carmel Valley.
Palo Alto tuned up for the upcoming SCVAL playoffs with a big 13-11 nonleague victory over host Sacred Heart Prep on Monday. The Vikings improved to 13-7 overall and will take a 9-1 record into Thursday's regular-season finale against visiting Saratoga at 5:30 p.m.
Nina Kelty and Kimmie Flather each scored four goals for the Vikings while Charlotte Biffar added three as she continued her recent hot streak. Biffar tallied 14 goals in three victories last week. Jordan Smith and Leigh Dairaghi also scored for Paly, which got off to a slow start and trailed the Gators (14-7) by 10-5 at halftime.
Sacred Heart Prep, which was led by freshman Caroline Cummings' four goals, took an 11-5 lead by scoring in the first two minutes of the second half. Paly, however, tallied eight unanswered goals -- the last one coming with two minutes to play. The Vikings won the final draw and controlled possession for the remainder of the match.
In Burlingame, Menlo-Atherton got three goals from Sydney Novak-Federmeyer and two from Meredith Geaghan-Breiner, but the Bears still dropped a 13-7 decision to the host Panthers in West Bay Athletic League action.
Burlingame's Charlotte Pratt scored seven goals and now has 90 this season, ranking her No. 6 in the nation according to MaxPreps. She trails Menlo's Michaela Michael, who has 90 for the No. 5 national spot. Michael and her teammates will visit Menlo-Atherton on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Gunn managed just four hits and dropped a 7-1 decision to host Cupertino in a SCVAL El Camino Division makeup game on Monday. The Titans (6-4, 13-11) gave up all seven runs in the third inning. Next up for Gunn will be a nonleague game Friday at Palo Alto at 4 p.m.