2018-2019 Game Summaries
Mt. Lebanon scored five goals in the fourth quarter to claim a 10-8 victory over North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals on Monday night at Moon High School. It was another classic back-and-forth playoff battle between the two schools that saw six ties and five lead changes before a victor could be determined.
Monday night’s contest marked the sixth time in the last seven seasons North Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon played each other in the WPIAL playoffs. Six of those games, including Monday’s, were determined by margins of two goals or fewer.
In the first quarter, the fourth-seeded Blue Devils struck first on a goal by junior John Sramac with 8:00 on the clock for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers responded with a marker from junior Isaiah Davis just 46 seconds later to even the score at 1-1. Senior Ben Maenza and Davis tallied two more goals for a 3-1 lead with 1:17 remaining in the opening stanza. Mt. Lebanon closed the gap to 3-2 on a goal from Daniel Kovalan with 34 seconds to play in the quarter.
Mt. Lebanon netted the only two goals of the second quarter, one from Blake Nelson and another from Brodie Campbell, to grab a 4-3 lead by halftime.
Davis notched a hat trick with his third goal of the night just over a minute into the second half to knot the score at 4-4. Nelson put Mt. Lebanon back on top at 5-4 with 9:30 to go in the third quarter before a final-minute barrage by the Tigers swayed the momentum. North Allegheny tallied three goals in the final 1:13 of the third quarter to leapfrog ahead, 7-5. Senior Matt Osten scored back-to-back goals and senior longstick Antonio O’Barto seemingly stunned the Blue Devils with a goal with 0.8 seconds remaining in the third for a two-goal lead.
While it appeared the Tigers may have gained control of the contest, Mt. Lebanon swung the pendulum back in its direction with a marker by Joe Gibbons just 15 seconds into the fourth quarter to trim the score to 7-6, Tigers. The Gibbons goal opened the floodgates as the Blue Devils netted five of the final six goals on the night.
Matt Vines tied the game and Sramac pulled Mt. Lebanon ahead, 8-7, with 7:23 to play in regulation. Davis tallied his fourth goal of the game with 5:56 left to tie the game at 8-8. For his four-goal performance, Davis was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Kovalan and Jack Sullivan netted the final two goals of the game, the last of which with 3:57 remaining to secure a 10-8 victory and a berth in the WPIAL championship game on Friday night. The Blue Devils will take on second-seeded Pine-Richland in the title tilt.
North Allegheny’s season concludes with a 14-4 overall record. Congratulations to the coach John Rullan and the NA boys’ lacrosse team for another successful and memorable season.
Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Mt. Lebanon, 5-20-19
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By Jared Barton
North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse started the WPIAL Playoffs off with a strong 10-3 victory over Seneca Valley at Newman Stadium Wednesday night.
The Tigers, who are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, did not waste any time getting on the board early. Back-to-back goals off the stick of senior Matt Osten gave NA a 2-0 advantage with roughly eight minutes to play on the first quarter. Seneca’s Noah VandeWater cut the lead in half with his first goal of the game later in the first.
The second quarter was all Tigers, as junior Isaiah Davis netted a goal at the 9:47 mark. A few minutes later, junior midfielder Nick Kairys intercepted a Raider pass at midfield and brought possession into the offensive zone. A quick pass on the doorstep of the crease led to a shoveling backhanded goal from senior Kyler Byerly and the Tigers led 4-1. Nick Eck added a marker later in the frame and NA took a 5-1 lead at halftime.
Three more Tiger tallies in the third quarter off the sticks of Byerly, Ben Maenza and Davis extended the lead to 8-1 after three quarters of play.
In the fourth, junior Andy Lake punched the Tigers’ seventh straight score into the back of the net. VandeWater and Brady Paige added back-to-back goals for the Raiders to trim the score to 9-3. Byerly netted a hat trick goal with less than two minutes left. He also earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors with three goals, and assist and five groundballs.
Sophomore netminder Aiden Miller made six saves in the win.
The Tigers improve to 14-3 overall on the season and are set to face Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL Semifinals Monday, May 20. The time and date for the game is still to be determined. NA topped Mt. Lebo 8-6 at Newman Stadium back on March 28.
Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 5-15-19
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In a well-played contest in the MSCLA Tournament finals, Cathedral (IN) scored in the final minute of the game to edge the North Allegheny boys’ lacrosse team, 12-11. The Tigers trailed 8-5 at the half but rallied back to tie the game in the fourth quarter. However, Cathedral’s last-minute heroics spoiled NA’s comeback bid.
Highlighting the score for North Allegheny were two-goal performances from Isaiah Davis, Ben Maenza, Matt Osten and Nick Eck. Eck’s goal with just over two minutes to play had tied the game at 11-11. Also scoring goals for the Tigers were Kyler Byerly, Jack Kairys and Judd Powell.
With the loss, North Allegheny slips to 13-3 on the season. The Tigers have the top-seed in the upcoming WPIAL Class AAA playoffs and will host a quarterfinal game on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
The North Allegheny boys’ lacrosse team earned a 10-8 victory over the Mason (OH) Comets at the MSCLA Tournament on Friday night. The advances the Tigers into the tournament championship game against Cathedral (IN).
The Tigers received a six goal-performance from junior Isaiah Davis to lead the offensive attack. Senior Kyler Byerly netted a pair of goals, and Antonio O’Barto and Tyler Lamark chipped in with goals as well.
O’Barto tallied a team-high five groundballs and goalie Aiden Miller made four saves to earn the win in net.
North Allegheny improves to 13-2 overall with the non-section win.
by Jared Barton
North Allegheny looked as though the team was in full playoff form as the Tigers downed Peters Township 13-1 at home Thursday night.
Peters controlled the tempo early in the first quarter, but about five minutes into the contest, the potent NA offense struck first. Junior Tyler Lamark opened the scoring with 7 minutes left in the frame.
Ben Rohan scored on a man-up opportunity with just under 12 minutes to go in the second. Kyler Byerly added a goal with six minutes left in the half as the Tigers opened to a 3-0 lead. Colin Pekela scored the lone marker for the Indians with four minutes left in the second quarter.
Senior Matt Osten scored to end the half with a 4-1 lead, and the Tigers did not look back, scoring 10 straight goals to end the contest.
Osten finished the game with two scores, while Ryan Leonard, Isaiah Davis, Owen Kegel, Mike Egnaczyk, Jake Williams, Zane Cox and Andy Lake all found the score sheet for the Tigers. Judd Powell led the team with four groundballs.
Netminder Aiden Miller earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors with his five-save performance, including three first quarter saves to keep the game scoreless.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 13-2 on the season. The team travels to Ohio Friday to take on Mason in the MSCLA Tournament at 7:00 p.m. NA will also have a game on Saturday in that tournament.
The Tigers earned the first seed overall in the WPIAL Playoffs for 3A, and will have a bye heading into the postseason. NA battles the winner of Canon-McMillan and Seneca Valley next Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m., a game you can hear on the North Allegheny Sports Network. The game will be played at Newman Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Indians fall to 9-8 on the year, but PT did earn a playoff spot as well. Peters next matchup will be against Butler on Monday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. The winner of that matchup will face Pine Richland in round two of the WPIAL Playoffs.