Indy Varma dodges a Sacred Heart defender. Photo by Pam Tso McKenney.
By Connor Van Ligten
Despite the intense rivalry between Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep, the rivalry game between the two school’s varsity girls lacrosse teams was anything but competitive on Tuesday. In crushing fashion, the Knights easily dispatched of the Gators in a 15-5 beatdown. Before the first half was even midway through, the Knights had already built up an 8-0 lead. Menlo dominated the matchup in practically all aspects, maintaining advantages in draw controls and ground balls.
The Knights’ victory was reached as a result of a dominant defensive effort. The Gators were held to 1 goal in the first half. Senior goalie Alena Stern came up with an impressive six saves for her team. Sophomore Sophie Scola displayed impressive defensive play by coming up with a turnover with 19 seconds remaining and setting up freshmen Page Wolfenden for the Knights’ 15th goal.
Sophomores Abby Doll, Charlotte Swisher and Junior Abby Wolfenden helped with the team’s offensive effort with each of them scoring twice. Senior Sophia Donovan performed at a high level, racking up five goals, while sophomore Sophie Scola was an impressive offensive facilitator with four assists. The offensive power by the Knights helped push them ahead of the Gators early, and they never looked back.
With this victory, the Knights improved to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in West Athletic Bay League play. The Knights look to wrap up the first round of WBAL play undefeated, as they host Mitty next at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.