Menlo News May 10, 2024

CCS: Boys’ lacrosse falls to St. Francis 10-7

Knights stage third-quarter rally

Menlo boys’ lacrosse came roaring out of halftime, but dropped a 10-7 decision to host St. Francis in a CCS quarterfinal on Friday.
The Knights close the season as the fifth seed in CCS Division I and finished fifth in the tough West Catholic Athletic League.
After tying the Lancers 1-1 in first period, Menlo fell behind 5-1 early third quarter. Sophomore Palmer Riley started the charge on his first of three goals - this one 5 minutes into the third quarter. Menlo’s Caden Chock - also a sophomore - converts on a transition goal then adds another three minutes later to close the gap to 6-4.
Riley scores on a Caden Chock assist and the Knights pull to within 1 with 2:40 left in the third quarter as the Knights defense holds the Lancers in check. Menlo finished the five-goal third with junior Henry Wernikoff delivering a goal with 4 seconds left and the Knights trailing by 1.
Riley finished with a hat trick and three groundballs. Benjamin Chock, Caden’s triplet brother, had 11 saves and three groundballs. Wernikoff added two goals and one assist. Caden Chock 2 goals, 2 assists and three groundballs. Jacob Chock picked up three groundballs and senior Beckett Knuff had four takeaways.