The St. Francis High girls water polo team wouldn’t be denied this time.
The Lancers, who went home disappointed from the last two Central Coast Section Division I finals, returned to school with the championship trophy Saturday.
The Lancers beat Leland 8-3 in the title game at the Santa Clara International Swim Center.
“For our seniors, this was a long awaited accomplishment as we had lost our previous two appearances in the CCS finals,” St. Francis assistant coach Erin Inkster said. “They are so proud to leave behind the legacy of a championship.”
The top-seeded Lancers (25-4) led 4-0 at halftime.
Junior Courtney Batcheller and senior Brittany Kirwan scored two goals each for the Lancers.
Goalie Katherine Moore made 10 saves and “had a tremendous game,” Inkster said. “She was on point with all of her blocks. I was really impressed with her quick reactions and leg strength.”
Moore got some help from fellow junior Sami Strutner, whom Inkster called “our defensive shut-down player.”
MV, SF boys fall in semis
Mountain View’s stellar season came to an end in the CCS Division I semifinals, in which top seed Bellarmine prevailed 16-12.
“It was a pretty close game going into the second half,” said coach Gabor Sarusi, whose fifth-seeded Spartans entered the third quarter tied with the Bells at 8. “We gave them a good run for their money.”
But the third belonged to Bellarmine, which pulled away with a 5-2 run.
Michael Magee and Rey Castillo finished with four goals each for Mountain View (21-5).
In the division’s other semifinal, second-seeded St. Francis (13-16) fell 11-10 to No. 2 Menlo-Atherton.