North-South Challenge: Boys’ water polo rebounds to top Miramonte

Knights finish prestigious tournament 2-2

10.16.2021 – The Menlo School boys’ water polo team split game, beating Miramonte and Oaks Christian, in the prestigious North-South Challenge at Sacred Heart Prep and Gunn on Friday and Saturday. 

The Knights fell to Campolindo 15-12 in the consolation final at Gunn on Saturday after a comeback win against Oaks Christian. 

In the consolation semi, Menlo went down 5-0 in the first five minutes of the game before embarking on a 10-3 run to win by two. Led by sophomore goalie Cormac Mulloy who went in for the second half of the game and made 13 saves while allowing just 3 goals, Menlo changed its defensive approach which, in turn, fed the counter attack.

“This is the kind of game that just demonstrates the tremendous character of this team,” Menlo coach Jack Bowen said. “These guys didn’t once give up or let down. I saw some great leadership from our senior co-captains Greg Hilderbrand, Jack Murad, and Dakin Muhlner, and the team really rallied together.”

Consolation final
at Gunn High School
Menlo School   2   2  4  4  - 12
Campolindo     5   3  4   3 - 15
Goals – M: Tommy Kiesling 6, Greg Hilderbrand 2, Jack Murad 4. Menlo goalie saves: Cormac Mulloy 7, Finn Byrne 2

Menlo record: 13-9

Consolation  semifinal

Menlo School    1  1   3   5 - 10
Oaks Christian   5  0   2  1 -  8

Menlo goals – Jackson Kay, Ethan Babel, Greg Hilderbrand 5, Jack Murad 3. Menlo saves – Finn Byrne 6, Cormac Mulloy 13

Day One

10.15.2021 –Menlo boys’ water polo defeated Miramonte in the second round of the North South Challenge after a loss to Southern California power J Serra on Friday.

The Knights (12-8) defeated Miramonte, also in the NorCal top 10, 13-9 after taking a three-goal lead in the first.  

Tommy Kiesling led with three assists, two steals, four ejections earned, and posted a hat trick. Senior co-captains Greg Hilderbrand and Jack Murad led with 2 blocked shots each, and combined for eight goals. Junior Cormac Mulloy made 11 saves.

Menlo plays Southern California powerhouse, Oaks Christian, Saturday morning in the Consolation Championship semifinal

North-South Challenge
at Gunn High School

Second round
Menlo School    4  2  5  2 - 13
Miramonte         1  4  2  2 - 9

Goals – Me: Michael Fang 2, Tommy Kiesling 3, Greg Hilderbrand 5, Jack Murad 3. Saves: Cormac Mulloy 11


First round
at Sacred Heart Prep

Menlo School    3   1  1  0 -  5
J Serra              4   5   2  3 - 14

Goals -Me: Tommy Kiesling, Greg Hilderbrand 2, Jack Murad 2
Menlo goalie saves: Finn Byrn 3, Cormac Mulloy 1

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