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Pine-Richland Tops Tigers For Section 1-AAA Title

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The Pine-Richland Rams locked up an outright Section 1-AAA title on Monday night with a 5-0 victory over the playoff-bound North Allegheny Tigers. A year after winning their first ever section championship, the Rams made it two straight years with a section crown. Rams sophomore goalie Abby Baratka posted her ninth shutout of the season.

Pine-Richland opened the scoring in the early going with a goal by Boston University recruit Molly Rottinghaus for a 1-0 lead at the 3:11 mark of the first half. Junior Vivian Cavanaugh added a goal for Pine-Richland with 6:11 to play in the half for a 2-0 advantage. North Allegheny nearly trimmed the deficit with 3:42 left in the half when Bridget Russell uncorked a strong shot that trickled through the PR defense and into the circle. Sophomore Hailey Wachowiak found the loose ball but rolled a shot that narrowly missed wide left.

The deficit remained 2-0 at the half but could’ve been much worse for the Tigers if not for the goaltending of Emma Jorgensen and defense of junior Tristan Laughrey. Jorgensen made several acrobatic saves and Laughrey posted two terrific defensive saves on PR scoring attempts. Defenseman Kayley Cooper also played well on the back end and midfielder Laura Schwendeman had a strong performance. For her efforts, Schwendeman was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

While the Tigers stayed within striking distance in the first half, Pine-Richland pulled away in the second half thanks to two goals from Sarah Metzmaier and one goal from Marina Miller to bring the final score to 5-0, Rams.

North Allegheny slips to 10-6 overall and finished section play with a 7-3 mark, good for second place in Section 1-AAA and a playoff spot. Pine-Richland improves to 14-2 overall and 9-0 in the section. The Tigers visit Upper St. Clair tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-16-17

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Tigers Blank Warriors To Secure Playoff Berth

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Junior Bridget Russell scored two goals to lead North Allegheny past the Penn-Trafford Warriors on Thursday night at Newman Stadium, 2-0. The victory secures a playoff spot for the Tigers in the Section 1-AAA standings. The Tigers can finish no worse than in a tie for second place with the Norwin Knights. Even though Norwin and North Allegheny split regular season meetings, the Tigers own the tiebreaker by virtue of head-to-head score differential.

The Tigers grabbed an early 1-0 lead against Penn-Trafford when Russell scored on a penalty corner less than four minutes into the game. The Tigers were 1 for 8 on penalty corners on the evening. The Warriors were 0 for 5.

In the second half, North Allegheny was granted another penalty corner opportunity 15 minutes into the half. While the corner rolled through the Tigers front line, Jenna Beam backed up the ball and sent it into the circle where Hailey Wachowiak uncorked a strong shot on net. Penn-Trafford goalie Sara Letham stopped the Wachowiak shot but left a rebound that was buried into the back of the net by Russell for a 2-0 lead.  Russell was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Penn-Trafford nearly got back into the game with 9:20 remaining in the contest when the Warriors were awarded a penalty stroke. Emily Polakovsky took the shot for the Warriors but missed wide left and the shutout remained intact. NA goalie Emma Jorgensen completed the shutout and the Tigers captured a 2-0 victory and a playoff berth in the Class AAA playoffs.

North Allegheny improves to 10-5 overall and 7-2 on the season. Penn-Trafford falls to 4-5 in section play. The win is the 11th in a row by the Tigers in the head-to-head series with the Warriors. North Allegheny will visit Pine-Richland in the section finale on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. The game will be video streamed on a pay-per-view basis ($5.00) by the North Allegheny Sports Network and can be viewed by clicking here.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Penn-Trafford, 10-12-17

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Lady Tigers Hammer Hempfield, 6-0

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The North Allegheny field hockey team began the stretch drive toward the postseason with a 6-0 victory over the Hempfield Spartans last night in Section 1-AAA action. The Tigers maintained their one-game lead over Norwin in the section standings for the final playoff spot. The Knights blanked Latrobe last night, 4-0.

Like their previous meeting with Hempfield, this was no contest for the Tigers as NA scored early and often. Senior Olivia Scherrer tipped in a pass from Angie Genter just two minutes into the game for an immediate 1-0 lead. The Tigers added on with goals by Gracie Limauro, Scherrer and Hailey Wachowiak to expand the NA lead to 4-0 by intermission. Assists were provided by Bridget Russell, Laura Schwendeman and Maria Cima.

The second half continued with North Allegheny dominance as Maya DeNoma and Sam Marien chipped in with goals for a 6-0 final. Izzy Ingram added an assist on the DeNoma goal.

North Allegheny had over 20 shots on goal and six penalty corners, while limiting Hempfield to four shots and four corners. NA goalie Emma Jorgensen earned the win and the shutout.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 9-5 overall and 6-2 in section play. Hempfield remains winless at 0-7 in the section. The Lady Tigers will host Penn-Trafford on Thursday night. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Hempfield, 10-10-17

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Tigers Fall To Reigning WPIAL Class A Champs, 3-1

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The North Allegheny field hockey played a tough non-section contest against the reigning WPIAL Class A champions on Monday night, dropping a 3-1 decision to Ellis School. The Ellis School Tigers have won three consecutive WPIAL titles, two in Class AA in 2014 and 2015 and one last year in Class A.

Ellis came out fast and scored two quick goals in the first half for a 2-0 lead. In the second half, North Allegheny’s Bridget Russell streaked into Ellis territory, weaved past several defenders and passed to Olivia Scherrer who scored to trim the deficit to 2-1.

The game continued with end-to-end play and advances from both sides but NA could come no closer and ultimately fell, 3-1, to Ellis School.

North Allegheny slips to 8-5 overall following the non-section defeat. The Tigers look to bounce back tonight in section play against the winless Hempfield Spartans.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Ellis School, 10-9-17

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Norwin Upends North Allegheny, 1-0

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by NA Field Hockey Contributor

The North Allegheny Tigers dropped a hard-fought battle to the Knights of Norwin, 1-0, on Wednesday night.

Under a full moon, the Knights began the game with an aggressive and physical series of attacks. The Tigers defense held strong and several shots were blocked by Emma Jorgenson to keep a clean sheet to end the first half, 0-0.  Jorgenson made 12 saves during the contest.

The second half started much the same with the Tigers on the defensive. The Knights finally tipped one in at the 23 minute mark to make it 1-0, Norwin.

Coach Trish Herbert rallied the team following the Norwin goal and NA went on the attack. The game got more physical when the Tigers broke into the Norwin end.  North Allegheny desperately pressed the Knights throughout the remainder of the game but the Tigers were unable to find the equalizer and fell to Norwin, 1-0. When it was over, Norwin had twelve shots on goal to NA’s seven and the penalty corners were even at five.

North Allegheny falls to 8-4 on the season and 5-2 in section play. The Tigers will take on the Ellis School in a non-section contest on Monday.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Norwin, 10-4-17

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