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SHP boys win NorCal water polo opener, SHP girls lose

 

Sacred Heart Prep scored the first seven goals and never trailed in its 12-4 victory over visiting Jesuit in the first round of the NorCal Boys Water Polo Championships on Tuesday night.

Michael Sonsoni got the party started a little over a minute into the contest after recording a steal at the other end of the pool.

Walker Seymour and Alex Tsotadze each scored three goals to pace the Gators (25-4), who advance into Saturday's semifinal.

Sonsini and Andrew Churukian each scored twice for the Gators and Sonsini added a couple of assists.

Goalie Alexander Nemeth recorded seven saves in 3 1/2 quarters.

The Sacred Heart Prep girls dropped their opening round contest, 7-4, to visiting Davis. The Gators finished 21-9 on the season.

In Boys Division II, top-seeded St. Francis beat Christian Brothers, 19-3.

In a Division I game played at Palo Alto, Menlo School rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie its game with Buchanan but ultimately fell, 10-9, in two overtimes on Tuesday.

Buchanan scored the winning goal on a penalty shot with no time remaining in the second overtime.

Menlo trailed, 7-4, entering the fourth period. Connor Enright recorded a steal at one end and converted on the other end, with an assist from Jayden Kunwar, to make it a two-goal contest.

Miller Geschke scored the first of two in the fourth period and tied with it 1:45 left to play in regulation.

Josh Poulos made three of his 15 saves in the final two minutes of regulation to keep it tied.

Geschke scored again to open the first overtime and Maxwell Paterson added another to put the Knights ahead, 9-7, after the first overtime.

Buchanan scored a quick goal in the second overtime and then tied the game with 17 seconds remaining.

Menlo turned the ball over, and after a timeout, Buchanan drew an exclusion and converted the game-winning penalty shot.

Geschke led the Knights with four goals and added three steals. Kunwar followed with a pair of goals and Sam Untrecht recorded four steals.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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