MENLO SCHOOL • SINCE 1915

Upper School

Lacrosse - Girls Varsity

About the Team

The Knights opened the season with four consecutive wins en route to a fifth-place finish in the top division of league play. Menlo lacrosse advanced to the CCS playoffs and defeated Woodside in its first section appearance.

A founding member of the Peninsula Athletic League and its most successful, Menlo continues to be a dominant force since it moved to the West Bay Athletic League in 2009. In 2017, Menlo captured the round-robin WBAL title and tournament championship. Girls’ lacrosse has won the league title seven of the past 10 seasons. Menlo annually plays host to national and international powers, including teams from Colorado, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, and England. Menlo has offered the sport since 1998, when it became established as a competitive standard in NorCal.

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The Coach

2023-2024 Parnika Patel, Athletics

Parnika Patel (First Season)

High school, club coach and former collegiate player Patel most recently led the lacrosse program at Castilleja, and was a coach with Firehawks and Team NorCal. Patel earned her bachelors in psychology with a minor in sociology in three years from Cal State Northridge, where she started as a goalie, and was a letterwinner all three years for the lacrosse team. She most recently was awarded her masters in social science from UCLA. Patel said she aims to foster the vision and principles of the program in a manner that invigorates student-athletes and teams to consistently show up for and challenge not only themselves, but one another with tenacity, passion, integrity, joy, and grit. “Menlo’s commitment to providing students with the opportunity to develop a sound mind, body, and character through their participation in athletics is something that parallels my philosophy and “why” as a coach,” Patel said. “As a former student-athlete and social science scholar, I am ever conscious that the privilege of participating in sports throughout childhood and adolescence affords skills and characteristics that are valuable in several walks of life, ones that cannot be taught in a classroom.”

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Honors & Awards

State Champions

2016

NorCal Champions

1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2013, 2016

CCS Champions

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013

Lacrosse News

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Head coach

Ryan Sage

Girls’ lacrosse

League Champions

2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018

Western States Champions

2008, 2010, 2011, 2012

CIF Academic Champions

2010

CCS Scholastic Champions

2010

About the Team

A founding member of the Peninsula Athletic League and its most successful, Menlo continues to be a dominant force since it moved to the West Bay Athletic League in 2009. In 2017, Menlo captured the round-robin WBAL title and tournament championship. Girls’ lacrosse has won the league title seven of the past 10 seasons. Menlo annually plays host to national and international powers, including teams from Colorado, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, and England. Menlo has offered the sport since 1998, when it became established as a competitive standard in NorCal.

About the Coach

Ryan Sage (second season)

Since 2017, Ryan Sage served as Director of Operations for the Firehawks Lacrosse Club. Sage oversaw all aspects of the program, then also took on the role of Boys’ Director for the club last season. During his tenure, he managed a pool of more than 250 players from ages 4 to 14 years old from around the Bay Area. During his time at Firehawks, Sage concurrently was a lacrosse offensive coordinator and strength coach at Notre Dame de Namur, creating the playbook, running practices and scouting.

A native of British Columbia, he learned lacrosse as a box player and soon transitioned to field lacrosse. He studied and played at Mars Hill University in North Carolina, where he was conference leader in goals, two-time Academic All American, 2015 conference champion, and received the Male Scholar-Athlete Award for achieving the highest GPA of all senior athletes. Before graduating with a bachelors in biology, Sage also served as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team.

Since 2014, Sage has been competing internationally as a member of the Scottish National Team. He has played in two World Championships, and one European Championship with the Scotland side and remains active on their roster preparing for the 2023 World Championships.