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NA HANDLES THUNDERING HERD IN PIAA QUARTERFINALS, 9-5
(6/2/13) Junior Alec McGovern’s hat trick helped the North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team to a 9-5 win over Carlisle on Saturday evening in the PIAA quarterfinals at Mansion Park in Altoona. Along with McGovern’s three markers, Joe Griffin scored a pair of goals. Joining McGovern and Griffin on the score sheet were Ryan Mauro, Kyle Rullan, Jess Keeley, and Zach Smith who all scored one goal apiece.
Doing their best to keep the Tigers in possession, Rulan, Griffin and Joe Huber each posted a team-high five ground balls. Defensively, Huber’s feisty play gave him a game-high six forced errors, followed by Jake Prutting with four forced errors. Senior goalie John Brandon corralled 16 saves to hold Carlisle at bay.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 13-7 on the season and advances to the state semifinals on Tuesday night to face the LaSalle Explorers. Game time is slated for 6:00 pm on Tuesday night at Cumberland Valley High School.
TIGERS STEAMROLL LITTLE LIONS, 11-4
(5/30/13) The North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team rolled to a first round victory in the PIAA playoffs with an 11-4 defeat of the State College Little Lions on Wednesday night. The Tigers defense smothered State College with 11 forced errors, led by the aggressive play of Coby Cunnigham, Joe Huber and Jake Prutting. Senior goalie John Brandon had an outstanding game, stopping the Little Lions cold with 20 saves.
Offensively, North Allegheny was paced by efficient sophomore Kyle Rullan who scored three goals on three shots. Stephen Kelleher and Joe Griffin scored two goals apiece. Nick Koebly added to the offensive output with two assists.
North Allegheny improves to 12-7 overall and advances to Saturday’s state quarterfinals. The Tigers will face the winner of tonight’s Mt. Lebanon/Carlisle game at a site and time to be determined.
BLUE DEVILS EDGE TIGERS IN WPIAL CHAMPIONSHIP, 9-8
By Lee Mohn
(5/24/13) The North Allegheny Tigers came up just short on claiming their first ever WPIAL lacrosse championship falling to Mount Lebanon, 9-8, on Thursday night. Things started off great for the Tigers when Grant Page intercepted a clearing pass from goalie Will Nabors and scored just ten seconds in to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Mount Lebanon answered the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period. The Tigers traded goals in the second period picking up goals from Alec McGovern, Ryan Mauro and Joe Griffin, trailing at halftime by a 6-4 score.
The Tigers trailed 7-5 when they scored the next three goals on markers from Griffin, McGovern and Steve Kelleher to take an 8-7 lead into the fourth period. The Tigers and Blue Devils went back and forth and each goalie was able to make key saves until Doran Graham tied the score at 8-8 with 6:42 remaining. Then just one minute later, Sam White scored the eventual winning goal for Mt. Lebanon. The Tigers made a late charge but were penalized with 1:47 to go and the Blue devils were able to run out the clock.
Senior Joe Griffin was named the Wright Automotive player of the game for his two goal performance. North Allegheny falls to 11-7 on the season and will now move on to the PIAA tournament which will begin on Wednesday May 29.
TIGERS LEAP PAST SHADY SIDE, MOVE ON
By Lee Mohn
(5/21/13) The Tigers fell behind, 3-1, but then scored eight out of the next nine goals to defeat Shady Side Academy, 9-5, and earn a spot in the WPIAL championship on Thursday. In the title game, the Tigers will have a rematch with the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils who defeated NA earlier in the year, 9-6.
In the WPIAL semifinals on Monday night, the Tigers struck first on a goal from Alec McGovern just three minutes in. Shady Side's Dan Marous scored the next three goals with the third coming just four seconds into the second period to take a 3-1 lead. The Tigers received goals from McGovern, Scott Davis, and Joe Griffin to take a 4-3 lead before Ian McGague tied it for the Indians heading into the locker room.
Steve Kelleher scored two minutes into the second half to give the lead back to the Tigers, 5-4. With just over two minutes to go in the third, Marous scored his fourth goal but it was waived off because he was in the crease. McGovern made the Indians pay by scoring just 30 seconds after the call to build the lead to two goals. The Tigers scored three more times in the fourth which as more than enough as John Brandon was sharp in net.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 11-6 and prepares for the top-seeded Blue Devils on Thursday.
TIGERS CLIP BLACK HAWKS TO ADVANCE TO WPIAL SEMIFINALS
(5/15/13) Senior Joe Griffin tallied a hat trick to help lift the North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team to a 7-4 victory over the Bethel Park Black Hawks at Newman Stadium on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Division 1 playoffs. Griffin opened the scoring in the contest with a goal at 9:56 of the first quarter to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
North Allegheny had to battle through the remainder of the quarter against a feisty Black Hawks squad that had four man-up situations in the period. Thanks to the hard checks of Joe Huber and the hounding efforts of Jake Prutting and Coby Cunningham, the Tigers denied the Black Hawks all four times they had a man-advantage. Prutting and Cunnigham led NA with four forced errors apiece and goalie John Brandon made eight saves. North Allegheny turned defensive success into offense when Ryan Mauro scored with 57 seconds remaining in the quarter to increase the score to 2-0, Tigers. North Allegheny and Bethel Park traded goals in the second quarter as the Tigers took a 4-2 lead into intermission.
In the third quarter, the Tigers dominated the action by forcing continued Bethel Park turnovers and controlling the ball with a deliberate offense. North Allegheny used that style to eventual strike with 5:32 to go in the period on a Jess Keeley marker to improve the Tigers lead to 5-2. Determined to stay in the game, the Black Hawks scored back-to-back goals on tallies from Michael Stephenson and Jeff Koladziej to cut the score to 5-4, Tigers.
However, North Allegheny stole back the momentum late in the third period on a highlight reel goal by Griffin, who flipped a no-look shot over his left shoulder from in front of the net. Griffin was set up on a terrific feed from Kyle Rullan to beat BP goalie Derek Lesnak with three seconds on the clock. The goal seemingly deflated Bethel Park as the Tigers held on and added on to their lead with a final goal by Griffin with 7:40 to go in the fourth quarter. Finishing with three goals and an assist, Griffin was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Playing annually since 2006, the Tigers picked up their 10th straight win against the Black Hawks with the victory. North Allegheny improves to 10-6 on the season while Bethel Park ends their campaign with a 9-7 mark. The Tigers will face section rival Shady Side Academy on Monday night in the WPIAL semifinals on Monday night from Baldwin High School. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 8:00 pm.
TIGERS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT, CLINCH SHARE OF SECTION CROWN
(5/8/13) The North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team laid claim to at least a share of the Division 1, Section 2 title with an emphatic 15-4 victory at Pine-Richland on Wednesday night. The Tigers were facing a Rams team that was fighting for their playoff lives, but NA suffocated those hopes with a dominating performance. Sophomore Kyle Rullan and senior Grant Page each posted hat tricks, with Rullan leading the way with four goals on the night. Ryan Mauro and Zech Nachazel scored two goals apiece while Alec McGovern posted a team-high three assists. Taking advantage of scoring opportunities, the Tigers were 2-for-4 in man-up situations.
Others contributors included Zach Smith and Joe Huber who each corralled six ground balls for the Tigers. Huber also led the squad with four forced errors defensively. Senior net minder John Brandon made seven saves to hold down the Rams.
Winners of four in-a-row, North Allegheny improves to 9-6 overall and 6-1 in Section 2. The victory clinches at least a share of the section title for the Tigers. Pine-Richland had their playoff hopes doused with the loss, falling to 7-6 overall and 3-4 in section play. NA wraps up their regular season schedule on Friday night with a home match-up with the Peters Township Indians. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. Opening face-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm.
NA PUNISHES CENTRAL CATHOLIC, 9-1
(5/7/13) The North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team trounced the Central Catholic Vikings on Monday night at Newman Stadium, 9-1, in a non-section affair. Seven different players scored goals for the Tigers with Scott Davis and Stephen Kelleher leading the charge with two goals apiece. Grant Page, Kyle Rullan, Zach Smith, Joe Griffin and Dan Briskey also tallied markers on the night.
Keeping the Tigers in possession throughout much of the night, Joe Huber and Cody Black collected four ground balls apiece. Goalie John Brandon also corralled four ground balls to go along with his seven saves. Griffin, Ryan Mauro and Coby Cunningham helped on the defensive end with three forced errors each. The Tigers were a perfect 5 for 5 in killing man-down situations against the Vikings.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 8-6 overall while Central Catholic falls to 4-7. The Tigers have a chance to clinch at least a share of the section title on Wednesday night with a road game at Pine-Richland. Start time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
TIGERS CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT, HAMMER HAMPTON, 14-6
(5/1/13) The North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team locked up a berth in the Division 1 playoffs with a convincing 14-6 win over the Hampton Talbots at Newman Stadium. Three Tigers scored hat tricks as North Allegheny broke open a tight game with an avalanche of goals in the second and third periods. Joe Griffin and Jess Keeley scored four goals apiece, and sophomore Kyle Rullan added three more to lead the NA onslaught.
On Wednesday night, the stage was set for a classic battle of teacher versus student with the winning team locking up a spot in the playoffs. North Allegheny Coach John Rullan was going head-to-head against former Tigers lacrosse player, Randy Burns, who’s in his first year as head coach at Hampton. Burns spent the last few years as Hampton’s JV coach before taking over the reigns as head man this season. The Talbots had won three of the last four WPIAL Division 2 titles and are in their first season playing at the Division 1 level. Hampton seemed up to the challenge of facing the Tigers as they were locked in a 1-1 tie after one quarter.
That was until the Tigers hammered Hampton with five unanswered goals to take a 6-1 lead into halftime. Kyle Rullan scored just 27 seconds into the second quarter to give NA a 2-1 lead on a beautiful pass in front of the net from Nick Koebley. Keeley scored his second goal of the game with 7:00 to play in the quarter and the scoreboard read 3-1, Tigers. On their first man-up situation of the night, NA cashed in with a goal from Griffin on a sharp angled shot to improve the score to 4-1. Less than a minute later, Griffin scored again to make it 5-1 with a dazzling diving shot in front of the net and a defender draped on his back. Junior Stephen Kelleher put an emphatic end to the second quarter scoring with a tally with just 36 seconds remaining in the half and it was 6-1, Tigers.
Hampton opened the second half with a goal by Nicholas Grabowski to give the Talbots life just 17 seconds into the third quarter. However, NA responded by scoring five of the next six goals to grab a strangle hold of the contest. Griffin buried two more goals into the Hampton net, with Kelleher, Keeley, and Grant Page all tallying markers to give the Tigers a commanding 11-3 lead. Griffin’s four goal performance earned him Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
In the fourth quarter, both teams traded goals as North Allegheny coasted to a 14-6 victory. Not to be overshadowed by the high-octane Tigers attack, goalie John Brandon was outstanding in net with 13 saves, many of which were of the spectacular variety. The NA defense did a terrific job of shutting down Hampton 300 point scorer Andy DeMichiei, who didn’t score until the game was well out of reach in the fourth period.
Having locked up a playoff spot with the win, North Allegheny improves to 6-6 overall and 5-1 in Division 1, Section 2. Hampton drops to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in section play. The Tigers varsity squad returns to action on Friday night with a home contest against the Bethel Park Black Hawks. Start time is slated for 8:00 pm.
TIGERS FALL TO UPPER ST. CLAIR IN NON-SECTION CONTEST
(4/26/13) Upper St. Clair upended the North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team on Thursday night, 9-6, in a non-section game. The Panthers success on man-up situations helped them gain an edge over the Tigers on this night. USC was converted on 4 of 5 man-up opportunities. Strong defensively, the Panthers also killed all five penalties they faced.
Despite the loss, the Tigers were paced by senior Grant Page who posted a hat trick. Jess Keeley, Joe Griffin and Wednesday night’s hero, Scott Davis also scored for the Tigers. Senior Joe Huber and sophomore Kyle Rullan scooped up seven ground balls apiece to help keep the NA offense in possession. Senior John Abbondanza made three saves while in net.
The defeat drops North Allegheny’s record to 5-6 overall while Upper St. Clair improves to 5-6 on the season. The Tigers get back to section play on Wednesday, May 1 with a home contest against Hampton. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network and gets underway at 7:30 pm.
DAVIS' OVERTIME GOAL CARRIES TIGERS TO 7-6 WIN OVER RAIDERS
(4/25/13) In a thriller at NexTier Stadium, senior Scott Davis scored the game winner in overtime to lift the North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team over the Seneca Valley Raiders, 7-6. It was one of two goals scored on the night by Davis, joined by Grant Page and Joe Griffin who scored two goals apiece. Stephen Kelleher tallied a single goal in the victory.
Trailing 3-2 at the half, Seneca Valley tied the game in the third before a roller coaster ride of a fourth period began. The Tigers scored three unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter to grab a 6-3 lead. However, the Raiders rallied for three goals in the final minutes to tie the game, tallying the equalizer with just two seconds on the clock. In overtime, the Raiders seemed poised to score again and won the opening faceoff. Undaunted, the Tigers forced a turnover in the Seneca Valley zone which led to Davis’ game winner.
Seniors Joe Huber and Jake Prutting flustered the Raiders throughout the night with five and three forced errors respectively. Davis, Griffin and Tyler Ware fielded the most ground balls for the Tigers, collecting five each. In net, goalie John Brandon made nine saves.
North Allegheny jumps to 5-5 overall with the win, but more importantly drives up their section mark to 4-1. Seneca Valley falls to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in section play. The Tigers are back in action tonight with a non-section road contest with the Upper St. Clair Panthers. Start time is slated for 8:00 pm.
BLUE DEVILS HOLD OFF TIGERS FOR 9-6 WIN
(4/23/13) In a tooth and nail battle with perennial power Mt. Lebanon, the Tigers Boys Lacrosse Team fought hard but fell to the Blue Devils on Monday night, 9-6. North Allegheny played the Blue Devils to a 5-5 tie after three quarters, but back-to-back goals by Doran Graham to start the fourth helped Mt. Lebanon seize control.
North Allegheny built a 3-1 lead by early in the second quarter behind goals from Joe Griffin, Grant Page and Kyle Rullan. The Blue Devils answered with three goals before halftime to take a 5-4 lead into intermission. To open the second half, Mt. Lebanon struck again on a tally from Dan Lee with 8:42 to go in the third period to increase the score to 6-4.
The see-saw nature of the game continued as the Tigers rolled off two straight goals, markers by Page and Griffin, to even the score at 5-5. Griffin’s goal came at 4:31 left in the third quarter in a man-up situation. Both Page and Griffin provided an offensive spark for the Tigers, and it was Page who was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
While the Tigers battled hard in the first three quarters, a momentum shifting goal by Graham with 10:19 remaining in the game swayed the pendulum in Mt. Lebanon’s favor and gave the Blue Devils a 6-5 lead. Graham ended the night with a hat trick, and was joined by Brian Kelly and Sam White with goals in the final period. For a moment, the Tigers had some life when Nick Koebley scored with 4:05 remaining to cut the score to 8-6. However, White’s goal a minute later capped the night for the Blue Devils in their fifth straight win over North Allegheny.
The Blue Devils held a distinct advantage in face-offs and time of possession down the stretch, winning 13 of 19 face offs for the night. The North Allegheny defense did their part, killing 4 of 4 man-down situations. Goalie John Brandon got the start in net and made 16 saves. Mt. Lebanon goalie Will Nabors, a Dennison recruit, made 11 saves.
The non-section loss drops the Tigers to 4-5 overall while Mt. Lebanon improves to 7-3. Both teams have important section games on Wednesday. North Allegheny visits Seneca Valley at 7:30 pm in Section 2, and Mt. Lebanon visits undefeated Peters Township in Section 1.
TIGERS RALLY FALLS JUST SHORT
(4/20/13) In a non-section game on Friday afternoon, Sewickley Academy outlasted the North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team, 9-7. The Tigers fell behind 6-2 by halftime, but rallied for four of the next six goals to make a game of it. However, the Panthers were able to fend off the Tigers just enough for the two goal victory.
Sophomore Kyle Rullan led the NA offensive charge with three goals. Nick Koebley added a pair of goals, joined by Jess Keeley and Grant Page who tallied single markers apiece. John Abbondanza was in net for the Tigers and made seven saves.
The Tigers fall to 4-4 overall and will face the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils on Monday night at Newman Stadium. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
TIGERS KNOCK OFF TOP-RANKED SHADY SIDE ON THE ROAD
(4/18/13) The Tigers moved into a tie for first place Thursday night by defeating section foe Shady Side Academy, 6-2. The Tigers played a strong first half, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Senior Joe Griffin started the scoring five minutes into the game to give the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead. In the second quarter, NA rolled off three straight goals, the first which came from Ryan Mauro just two minutes into the period. Nick Koebley scored at the 7:19 mark with a gorgeous assist from Mauro to make it 3-0, Tigers. Koebley’s goal was followed by an Alec McGovern tally with 12 seconds left in the half to give NA a 4-0 advantage at intermission.
The Tigers struck early in the third period when Griffin scored his second of the night. Shady Side scored two consecutive goals to make things interesting, but Mauro scored early in the fourth to take back the momentum. Helping the Tigers maintain possession and control was Joe Huber who posted a team-high four ground balls. Goalie John Brandon was outstanding for the Tigers in net, stopping 16 shots and making several terrific saves. Helping Brandon defensively was Aaron McQuade and Coby Cunningham as the hounded Shady Side into five and four forced errors respectively.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in Division 1, Section 2. NA is in a three-way tie atop the section with Hampton and Franklin Regional. Shady Side falls to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in section play. The Tigers will travel to Sewickley Academy for a non-section clash on Friday night.
(Thank you to Lee Mohn who contributed to this report!)
PANTHERS SCRATCH OUT WIN OVER TIGERS
(4/16/13) The Franklin Regional Panthers upended the North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team at Newman Stadium on Monday night by a 9-6 final in Division 1, Section 2 action. The Tigers did their best to keep pace with the Panthers, receiving two goals and an assist from senior Joe Griffin who was one of five NA goal scorers on the night. Alec McGovern, Stephen Kelleher, Kyle Rullan, and Jess Keeley all tallied markers for the Tigers. Senior Ryan Mauro scooped up a team high six ground balls, followed by Rullan, Joe Huber and Jake Prutting who each collected four ground balls.
Defensively, Huber, Prutting, and Coby Cunnigham hampered Franklin Regional with three forced errors apiece. The Tigers were perfect on penalty kills, keeping the Panthers scoreless on all six man-up opportunities. In net, John Brandon and John Abbondanza again split time with Brandon posting nine saves and Abbondanza stopping three shots from Franklin Regional.
North Allegheny falls to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in section play. Franklin Regional improves to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in Section 2. The Tigers return to action tonight with a home contest against the McDowell Trojans.
NA CAPTURES WIN OVER CATHEDRAL PREP, 14-8
(4/13/13) The North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team defeated Erie Cathedral Prep on Friday night, 14-8. Sophomore Kyle Rullan and junior Stephen Kelleher led the charge for North Allegheny to help the Tigers build an 8-3 lead by halftime. Rullan scored four first half goals to go along with three assists. Seniors Ryan Mauro and Scott Davis played well, keeping the Tigers in control of the game through the duration. Joe Huber was strong on the defensive front, aiding goaltenders John Brandon and John Abbondanza who combined for seven saves.
The Tigers improve to 3-1 with the victory. NA will visit St. Ignatius this afternoon at 2:00 pm.
TIGERS TRIPPED UP BY HUDSON, 11-3
(4/6/13) In an intense game on Saturday afternoon, Hudson High School (OH) fended off the scrappy North Allegheny Tigers, 11-3, in a non-section battle. The Tigers fought tooth and nail with Hudson, with Coby Cunnigham and Joe Huber leading the defensive efforts with eight and seven forced errors respectively. Short-handed three times during the game, NA killed two of the three penalties they faced. Goalie John Abbondanza made 17 saves for the Tigers.
Hudson was able to gain control, in part, due to their success on face offs, winning 10 of 16 draws. Owning possession, the visitors invaded the Tigers net 11 times on their way toward the win. The Tigers did their best to claw their way toward a victory, receiving goals from Kyle Rullan, Dan Briskey and Nick Koebley. In the end, it wouldn’t be enough for NA to defeat the perennial powers from Hudson High.
North Allegheny drops to 2-1 on the season with the loss, but looks to rebound on Wednesday in a section match-up with Franklin Regional. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. The opening face-off is slated for 7:30 pm.
TIGERS TAKE DOWN FOXES, 15-8
(4/4/13) The North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team topped the Fox Chapel Foxes for a 15-8 win on Wednesday night. The Tigers bombarded the Fox Chapel net throughout the night as senior Grant Page paced the NA offense with a hat trick. Ryan Mauro, Jess Keeley, Stephen Kelleher and Joe Griffin all scored two goals apiece. Junior Nick Koebley was the top assist man with three assists for the night.
Helping the Tigers maintain a steady offensive presence were Keeley and Zach Smith. Keely won 11 of 14 face offs while Smith won 8 of 11 draws. Also keeping NA in possession much of the night was Alec McGovern who scooped up eight ground balls. Defensively, Joe Huber once again led the Tigers in forced errors with four. In net, John Abbondanza and John Brandon split time and combined for seven saves.
The Tigers improve to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the section. Fox Chapel falls to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in section play. North Allegheny hopes to continue their winning ways with a tough home match-up on Saturday against Hudson High School from Ohio. Start time is slated for 1:00 pm.
TIGERS WIN SEASON OPENER OVER BUTLER
(3/28/13) After several weather cancellations to begin the year, the North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse team played their long awaited season opener on Thursday night and defeated the Butler Golden Tornado 10-7. Junior Alec McGovern spearheaded the Tigers offense, leading NA with a hat trick. Senior Scott Davis set up half of NA’s goals with a team-high five assists. Defensively, senior Joe Huber hounded Butler into five forced errors, while senior Jake Prutting forced a pair of errors as well. Goalies John Brandon and John Abbondanza split time in net and combined for 10 saves. Senior Ryan Mauro and sophomore Kyle Rullan did a nice job of keeping the ball in NA’s possession by collecting five and four ground balls respectively.
The Tigers sit at 1-0 overall and in section play with the win. Butler falls to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the section. North Allegheny will return to action on Wednesday night with a visit to Fox Chapel. Game time is slated for 7:30 pm.
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