CCS: Boy’s lacrosse powers past Paly, falls in quarterfinals
5.11.2022 – In its CCS debut, the Menlo boys’ lacrosse team powered past visiting Palo Alto 16-3 at home Wednesday before falling to Bellarmine 9-6 to close the season,
The No. 6 seeded Knights (11-7) advanced to the quarterfinals, and faced No.3 seed Bellarmine on the road.
“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to throw our hat into the ring for CCS,” Menlo Coach Blake Kim said. “We matched up against a team that we played just 2 1/2 weeks ago. These kids really appreciate having a historical win for the program.”
Against Paly, Menlo bolted to a 9-0 advantage in the first half, and finished the game with 10 scorers.
Carter Jung delivered all five oh his goals in the first half on 5-of-10 shooting, and an assist. Fellow senior Ben Banatao poured in four assists and a goal.”It feels great to be a part of this - our first CCS game - and really excited for the next game,” said Carter Jung, who is set to play football for Amherst next season. “We thought we played well, and the ball movement on offense was really good, and that’s something we’ve been stressing in practice, moving the ball. I thought we did really well with our defensive transitions and clears.”
Senior Sam Scola recorded a goal and two assists while junior Keane Murphy & sophomore Ethan Friesel each scored twice.
Senior Sergio Beltran contributed a goal, an assist and picked up three groundballs.
Junior Aidan Zhou, sophomores Bradford Tudor and Nicky Scacco, and freshman James Wernikoff each added a goal.
Sophomore Bax Barlow collected six saves while junior Ari Krane and sophomore Brady Jung each picked up four groundballs.