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2016-2017 Game Summaries

Tigers Edged By Mars In Non-Section Battle, 12-10

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Completing a non-section game that was suspended a night earlier, the North Allegheny boys’ lacrosse team dropped a 12-10 decision to the Mars Planets on Friday night. Wes Powell’s third goal of the night gave North Allegheny a 10-7 lead with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter. However, the Planets scored five unanswered goals, including four in the final stanza, to capture their 12th win of the season.

In a battle between two defending WPIAL champions, North Allegheny built a 7-6 lead over the reigning Division II champs before the contest was suspended due to weather on Thursday night. When the game resumed on Friday, the Tigers picked up where they left off and scored three of the next four goals for a 10-7 advantage. Along with Powell’s hat trick, Gavin Hagen and Matt Osten netted two goals apiece. Ben Maenza, Alec Vissotski, and Trevor Saundry also scored goals for the Tigers.

On defense, Greg Ferringer and Jack Kairys each totaled a team-best five forced errors. Vissotski gobbled up 10 ground balls and won 17 of 22 faceoffs. Kairys also scooped up six ground balls. Despite the Tigers three-goal lead, offensive turnovers and untimely penalties hampered NA down the stretch and the Mars capitalized for the comeback win.

North Allegheny falls to 8-3 overall following the loss. Mars improves to 12-1 on the season. The Tigers will return to section action on Tuesday with a visit to Seneca Valley at 7:30 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Mars, 4-28-17

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NA’s Winning Streak Snapped At 8 With Narrow Loss To Kiski Prep

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The North Allegheny Tigers went head-to-head with lacrosse power Kiski Prep and dropped a narrow 6-5 decision on Wednesday night at Newman Stadium. The Tigers fought back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game twice before Kiski’s Matthew Degirolamo netted what proved to be the game winner with 37 seconds remaining in third quarter. The outcome snaps an eight-game winning streak for the Tigers.

Trailing 4-1 at the half, the Tigers roared back in the third quarter on goals by Matt Osten, Wes Powell and Dillon Dugan to tie the game at 4-4 with 4:29 remaining in the period. Kiski senior Quinn Commandant gave the Cougars the lead back with a marker with 2:07 remaining in the third, but NA answered immediately thanks to another quick goal by Dugan 24 seconds later and the score was tied, 5-5. That set the stage for Degirolamo’s goal before the end of the third period that brought the game to its eventual final, 6-5, Kiski Prep.  NA’s lone goal in the first half belonged to Ben Maenza.

Despite the loss, NA had a strong performance from faceoff man Alec Vissotski who won 9 of 11 draws and gobbled up six ground balls. The defense was outstanding as usual, holding Kiski’s college-bound offense to modest totals.  Junior Greg Ferringer posted a team-high five forced errors, followed by Jeremy Osten who contributed four forced errors.

Following the loss, North Allegheny’s record sits at 8-2 overall and Kiski Prep improves to 9-5 on the season. The Tigers will play host to a tough Mars team tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Kiski Prep, 4-26-17

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Tigers Squash Sewickley Academy, 15-2

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On a rainy night at Newman Stadium, the North Allegheny boys’ lacrosse team poured on the goals against the Sewickley Panthers en route to a 15-2 victory in Section 3-AAA action. Sophomore Ben Maenza, freshman Isaiah Davis and senior Trevor Saundry each tallied a hat trick for the Tigers in the win. Maenza scored all of his goals during the most competitive phase of the game in the first period and was named Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Maenza’s three goals, and two more markers by senior Gavin Hagen, helped the Tigers build a 5-0 lead in the first period. The NA advantage ballooned to 11-1 by intermission thanks to two goals by Davis, two goals by Kyler Byerly, a single goals by Wes Powell and Antonio O’Barto. Davis notched his third goal of the night with the only marker of the third quarter and Saundry finished off the Panthers with a natural hat trick in the fourth quarter.  Sewickley Academy’s goals were scored by Brian Weir and Ian Deihl.

The Panthers offense, which boasts Washington & Lee recruit Ben Mulholland, was held in check all game long and mustered few scoring chances against a suffocating North Allegheny defense. Senior defenseman Jack Kairys posted four forced errors and totaled six ground balls, five in the first half. Senior Jeremy Osten also posted four forced errors and senior Alec Vissotski led the team with seven ground balls.

With the win, North Allegheny vaults to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in Section 3-AAA. Sewickley Academy falls to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the section. The Tigers host Kiski Prep on Wednesday night.

NA Lacrosse Manhandles Maples, 11-2

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North Allegheny continued its lengthy winning streak on Friday night by thoroughly defeating the Seaholm Maples, 11-2, in a non-section contest at Newman Stadium. The Tigers proved to be unfriendly hosts to their visitors from Michigan, doling out plenty of goals and punishment en route to a seventh straight win.

The North Allegheny defense controlled the game and senior faceoff man Alec Vissotski helped the Tigers control possession by going a perfect 15 of 15 on draws and reeling in a team-high 10 ground balls. Defensively, the Tigers did not allow a single shot on goal for the entire first half as the NA offense built a 10-0 lead by early in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Ben Maenza scored a team-best three goals, while sophomore Matt Osten and freshman Isaiah Davis netted two goals each. Other NA scorers included Greg Ferringer, Wes Powell, Dillon Bugni and Trevor Saundry. Ferringer also posted a team-leading three forced errors.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 7-1 overall. The Tigers will host Sewickley Academy on Monday night in a game that will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Seaholm, 4-21-17

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NA Bounces Butler For 6th Straight Win, 8-3

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North Allegheny won its sixth straight game on Tuesday night with an 8-3 road victory at Butler. The Tigers opened up a 5-0 lead by the third period before Butler finally cracked the scoreboard. Junior Wes Powell notched a hat trick and senior Gavin Hagen dished out five assists.

Sophomore Matt Osten and freshman Isaiah Davis netted first quarter goals to put NA on top, 2-0. Powell tallied two markers in the second quarter for a 4-0 halftime lead. Davis, Powell and Dillon Dugan all scored goals in the second half to put the game away, with Dugan netting two goals to round out the scoring for NA.

On defense, senior Jack Kairys picked up a team-best eight ground balls and totaled four forced errors. Senior Greg Ferringer hauled in three ground balls and four forced errors. Senior Jeremy Osten added three ground balls and three forced errors. On faceoffs, senior Alec Vissotski won 9 of 15 draws.

North Allegheny improves to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Section 3-AAA. Butler falls to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the section. The Tigers host Birmingham Seaholm on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Butler, 4-18-17

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