It was a week of close wins for the boy lacrosse teams from Los Altos and Mountain View highs.
The Eagles last week won a pair of games by one goal and the Spartans edged Los Gatos 9-8.
Los Altos followed a 6-5 home victory over Carlmont April 3 with an 8-7 win at Saratoga Friday to improve to 5-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division and 7-6 overall.
Eagles coach Greg Mengis described the latter as “a back-and-forth game from the beginning.” Tied at 3 at halftime, Los Altos entered the fourth quarter down 6-5. But the Eagles scored the next three goals – the first two by AJ Guralas and the last by Riley Kahan – to take control. Saratoga cut its deficit in half with 43 seconds left, regained possession with six ticks remaining and got off a shot as time expired, which deflected off the stick of Los Altos goalie Dave Huffman.
Mengis said Huffman was “stellar in the goal,” making 13 saves in the game. Guralas notched three goals and an assist.
Mountain View coach Joe Juter called his team’s April 3 win “ a thriller.” The host Spartans fended off the Wildcats with a balanced offense, receiving goals from six players. Matt Mulkey and Kyle Arrillaga scored two each.
The Spartans improved to 3-3 in the SCVAL De Anza Division.
Track and field
Mountain View placed a close second to Serrano (Phelan) in the girls distance medley relay at last weekend’s Arcadia Invitational. The Spartans finished in 12 minutes, 23.97 seconds; Serrano ran a 12:23.15.
Maya Weigel led off (1,200-meter run) for Mountain View, Corinna Lee was next (400), then Amy Lynch (800) and finally Melissa Reed (1,600).
Reed also participated in the 3,200 race, clocking a personal-best 10:53.
Earlier in the week in De Anza Division competition, the Mountain View boys and girls teams lost to Lynbrook. The boys fell 76.50-50.50; the girls lost 82-44.
Kolisa Nhlapo (100 and 300 hurdles) and Sydney Magana (discus and shot put) led the Spartan girls with two wins each. Eric Theil paced the boys with victories in the shot put and discus.
Los Altos won its first De Anza Division series of the year, beating Santa Clara 9-1 and 5-2 last week.
Trevor Rogers threw a complete game in the April 3 win at Santa Clara and James Oleson pitched five innings in Friday’s home victory. Daniel Pefley had two hits in each game.
The Eagles went to 5-5 in league and 9-9 overall.
Mountain View split a home-and-home series with Palo Alto last week, putting the Spartans at 5-5 in the De Anza Division and 7-11 overall.
The Spartans slipped by the Vikings 5-4 April 3 at home and lost 6-1 at Paly Friday.
In the win, Mountain View scored all its runs in the third inning. Dwight Washington and Clarke Appelgren totaled two hits each; winning pitcher Patrick McClellan drove in a pair of runs.
Led by medalist Spencer Katchman, Los Altos won both matches last week.
The Eagles (5-3-1) defeated Cupertino 213-220 Thursday and routed Fremont 218-247 April 2. Katchman shot 38 Thursday and 40 April 2 at Sunnyvale Muni.
Mountain View remained perfect by beating Mitty 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 Friday in non-league play.
The Spartans – who earlier in the week swept Lynbrook 25-16, 25-19, 25-14 – improved to 20-0 overall. They are 6-0 in the De Anza Division.
Jake Stuebner recorded 12 kills and two blocks Friday, while Ryan McLaughlin added 11 kills and three aces. April 3 against Lynbrook, Kurt Dentinger posted a team-high 12 kills.
Los Altos swept Saratoga April 3, improving to 5-2 in the El Camino Division. Coach Dave Radford said the Eagles’ 25-17, 25-22, 25-18 win included “outstanding performances” from Alex Blackburn (13 kills, nine digs), Ian McColl (five kills on nine attempts with no errors and 10 digs), Mathias McAfee (14 digs) and David Stien (10 kills and 10 digs).
Los Altos split its two games in the Wilcox Tournament Saturday. The Eagles fell 6-4 to Hillsdale and topped Live Oak 8-1.
Marialena Ahern had two hits but took the loss in the first game. Lizzy Beutter notched the win in the second game, helped by Kaitlyn Schiffhauer (three hits) and Nikki Klepper (home run).
Earlier in the week, Los Altos (12-7-1 overall) won a pair of 1-0 games against Monta Vista and Santa Clara in De Anza Division play. Ahern notched three hits Thursday versus Monta Vista; Natalie Hollenbaugh had two hits April 2 at Santa Clara. Beutter earned wins both days.
St. Francis also split its two games Saturday at the Wilcox tourney. The Lancers (9-8-1) dropped a 1-0 game to Homestead before beating Gilroy 5-1. Madison Chandler earned the win, in which teammate Madeline Damore went 3-for-3 with a triple.
Mountain View defeated Milpitas and Fremont last week, boosting the team’s record to 8-2 in the El Camino Division and 10-5 overall.
Top singles player Tytus Chen prevailed 6-2, 6-0 against Milpitas’ Dillan Lan, previously undefeated.
Los Altos proved no match for Saratoga, which triumphed 26-4 April 2 in De Anza Division play. The Eagles slumped to 0-5 in league.
“Our team scores may not reflect any improvement, but the individual ones tell a different story, at least to me,” coach Stefaan Lodge said. “We are starting to hold our own against the other schools.”
Lodge noted that three of Los Altos’ top positions took the Falcons to three sets.