Menlo News September 23, 2023

Girls’ water polo returns to Amanda MacDonald Invitational title match

Menlo's Kenya Cassidy takes aim at the Amanda MacDonald Invitational

Knights defeat Woodside, Harker, St. Ignatius

9.23.23 –In back-to-back seasons, Menlo girls’ water polo earned a trip to its own Amanda MacDonald Invitational. The Knights won three matches in a row Friday and Saturday before falling to defending tournament champion and CIF NorCal semifinalist Acalanes 15-9 in the final.
Menlo senior Kenya Cassidy, who had eight goals in a win over Harker, had a hat trick against the Dons while junior Sofia Flierl and freshman Sabina Sutaria added two goals apiece against Acalanes.
The Knights trailed 3-2 before the Dons pulled away in the second quarter 9-2.
Menlo defeated St. Ignatius 11-6 in the semifinals and beat Harker 17-11 and Woodside 14-5 in pool play.

In a 17-11 win over Harker, Sutaria scored four goals, along with Cassidy’s eight, while Sofia Flierl and Kate Ward each scored twice, and Kate Hirsch added another goal. 

Seven scored in Menlo’s 14-5 win over Woodside with Scarlett Gamble and Cassidy each adding a hat trick. Freshman Sophia Maldonado manned the goal along with sophomore Lilla Halasz. 

The annual water polo tournament is dedicated to the memory of Amanda K. MacDonald ’93, a former Menlo student who was captain of the water polo and swim teams. 

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