Los Altos boys lacrosse team makes playoffs; Mountain View misses out after losing finale

Stephanie Stilwell/Stilwell Photography
Los Altos’ Nate Geiger is in his first season not only playing goalie, but also lacrosse.

This year’s expansion of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League in boys lacrosse may prove beneficial in the long run, but the immediate impact didn’t sit well with the team from Los Altos High.

Restructuring caused by the addition of seven teams from the Peninsula Athletic League resulted in the SCVAL demoting the Eagles to the El Camino Division a year after they made the playoffs in the De Anza Division.

MV girls lacrosse off to strong start under new coach

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View’s Rachel Hurst, right, is among the team’s leading scorers.

Mountain View High girls lacrosse coach Tim Kirkendall may not be an expert on the sport – he’s never played the game or even coached it before this season – but he knows a good team when he sees it.

“I believe we’re good enough to compete with anyone,” he said. “The girls know the game, and the way they’ve been playing has been remarkable.”

St. Francis High promotes JV coach Madnick to varsity coach of girls lacrosse program

St. Francis High has hired a familiar face as head coach of its girls varsity lacrosse team. School officials announced Dec. 1 that Sarina Madnick, the junior-varsity coach the past two seasons, will lead the program.

“We are very excited to have Sarina Madnick as our new head girls lacrosse coach here at St. Francis High School,” Director of Athletics, Michael Pilawski said. “Coach Madnick has been a very important part of our program since her arrival in 2015 and has worked very hard with our students both on and off the field. We are excited for her leadership and the energy and passion she will bring to the program.”

McNeal sisters lead Spartans past Eagles

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Magaly Kulyger pursues Mountain View’s Amaya McNeal, above.

One sister scored goals and the other prevented them in Mountain View High’s 10-8 win over rival Los Altos in girls lacrosse last week.

With Amaya McNeal “leading the attack,” coach Andrea Keinath said, the Spartans jumped to a 6-3 lead by halftime, then goalie Araya McNeal “made some key saves to help us hang on to the lead.”

Schools »

Read More

Sports »

Read More

People »

Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

Browse and buy photos