The Menlo School girls snapped a five-match losing streak to rival Sacred Heart Prep with a big 16-5 victory in West Bay Athletic League lacrosse action Tuesday.
The Knights had been swept by the Gators in three matches last year (all by one goal) and lost the final two showdowns in 2013 as the Gators won back-to-back WBAL regular-season and playoff titles while winning 38 matches.
This season is a different story, however, as SHP lost eight players to graduation plus leading scorer Libby Muir to a season-ending ACL injury prior to the start of the campaign. The Gators also were without sophomore Cameron Gordon on Tuesday as she suffered a concussion in Saturday's win over Burlingame. Thus, the Gators are 3-2 in league and 5-9 overall.
Menlo (4-0, 9-6) has too much firepower this season and remained alone in first place in the WBAL with the lopsided victory.
The Knights grabbed a 6-0 lead before Emma Johnson scored for SHP and took a 13-2 advantage into halftime as junior Parvathi Narayan tallied four of her game-high five goals. Sophomore Sophia Donovan added three goals plus two assists with Indira Varma and Nikky Price adding two goals each.
Menlo held advantages in every statistical category, including shots-on-goal (23-8), draw controls (13-9) and contested ground balls (11-9).
Menlo School left its starting lineup at home, but it made no difference as the Knights still blanked host King's Academy, 7-0, at the Sunnyvale Tennis Center to remain undefeated in the West Bay Athletic League race.
Menlo improved to 11-0 in league (20-1 overall) and wrapped up its 21st straight league title, the 19th consecutive under coach Bill Shine. The Knights extended their ongoing state record league dual-match win streak to 227-0.