The Menlo School boys’ lacrosse team knocked off top seed Sacred Heart Prep 8-6 to earn a trip to Saturday’s SCVAL final at Gunn High.
The Knights (12-10) built a 5-1 halftime lead. Steady defense and goalie Luc McNally’s outstanding performance kept the Gators (13-5) at bay. Menlo plays the winner of Wednesday night’s Palo Alto-Menlo-Atherton game.
McNally finished with seven saves.
“We got spectacular play from Luc McNally in goal the entire game,” Menlo coach Nate Calhoun said. “He and the defense held strong after an SHP run in the third and fourth quarters.”
Nick Schultz scored three times and had two assists to lead the attack. Ryan Grzejka also had a hat trick and added an assist. Wiley Osborne scored and had an assist and a steal, and Connor Stastny also scored. Pete Foster and Jack Ferguson each collected an assist.
Shuhei Nakata won 12 of 17 face-offs for the defending champion Knights.
SCVAL semifinalTeam 1 2 3 4 Tot. Menlo 1 4 1 2 8 Sacred Heart Prep 1 0 3 2 6
Menlo goals: Schultz 3, Grzejka 3, Osborne, Stastny.
Assists: Schultz 2, Grzejka, Osborne, Foster, Ferguson.
Saves: McNally 7.
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