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2019-2020 Game Summaries

Tigers Topped By Rams In WPIAL Semifinals

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The Pine-Richland Rams advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA championship for the fourth straight season with a 3-0 victory over the North Allegheny Tigers on Wednesday night in Gibsonia.

It was the third consecutive year the Tigers and Rams met in the WPIAL playoffs. Last season, Pine-Richland narrowly edged NA in a 3-2 penalty stoke shootout. Hoping to atone for last year’s defeat, the Tigers were unable to contain the Rams in the early going.

Pine-Richland netted the first goal just 3:54 into the contest when junior Ella Rottinghaus streaked down the left sideline and sent a hard centering pass on to the stick of Riley Kirby for a goal and 1-0 lead. Not long after, freshman Mary Wymard deflected a pass from Ava Loskoch into the NA net with 23:29 to play in the first half for a 2-0 Pine-Richland advantage.

Following Pine-Richland’s opening surge, the Tigers settled into the game a drew four penalty corner opportunities in the first half. Many of the penalty corners were earned by senior Hailey Wachowiak. The Tigers were unable to cash in on their penalty corner tries, however, and the game remained 2-0, Rams, at intermission.

In the second half, NA played even with Pine-Richland for most of the half until the Rams got a lucky bounce that iced the game. With 8:01 left in regulation, Rottinghaus fanned on a shot near the baseline that appeared headed out of bounds. Instead, the ball stayed inbounds and spun across the goal line and into the NA net for a 3-0 Pine-Richland lead and victory.

The North Allegheny seniors were selected the Wright Automotive Players of the Game, including Wachowiak, Izzy Ingram, Kate Adams, Maya DeNoma and Ally Barcasky.

The outcome propels Pine-Richland into the WPIAL championship game against Peters Township on Monday night at 6:00 p.m. from Fox Chapel High School.

North Allegheny’s season comes to a close with a 7-11-1 overall record. Congratulations to head coach Michelle Couch, the coaching staff and the entire NA team for another remarkable season and playoff appearance in 2019.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-23-19

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Tigers Drop Regular Season Finale To Pine-Richland

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In a matchup between two playoff-bound teams in Class AAA, the North Allegheny field hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Pine-Richland Rams at Newman Stadium. Wednesday night’s outcome, coupled with a Peters Township win against Fox Chapel, sets up a rematch between the Tigers and Rams next week in the WPIAL semifinals.

In the regular season finale, Pine-Richland dictated the pace in the early going and earned seven penalty corners in the first half. It was a penalty corner that produced the game’s first goal as Elaina Camino accepted a pass from Ava Loskoch and scored with 22:09 on the clock for a 1-0 Rams lead. Loskoch improved the PR lead to 2-0 with a reverse chip shot from 10 yards out with 6:43 remaining in the half.

Pine-Richland junior Ella Rottinghaus tallied the final marker of the night on a rebound with 23:51 to play in the second half for a 3-0 lead.

In the remaining minutes, the North Allegheny offense found some life and produced three penalty corners and five shots on net. Despite NA’s effort down the stretch, Pine-Richland finished off the game for a 3-0 win.

Stopping 16 shots on the night, North Allegheny freshman goalie Jordan Ashbaugh was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. Ashbaugh’s outstanding effort kept the Tigers within striking distance throughout the contest.

North Allegheny concludes the regular season with a 7-10-1 overall record and a 6-3 mark in WPIAL Division I. Pine-Richland earned a section title with a 9-0 record. The Tigers will enter the postseason as the No. 4 seed and will take on top-seed Pine-Richland on Wednesday night in the WPIAL semifinals. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-16-19

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NA Field Hockey Falls To Mt. Lebanon

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With a postseason berth already secured for both North Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon, the Tigers and Blue Devils met on Monday with an opportunity to better their playoff seeding in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs. The host Blue Devils prevailed for a 5-0 win, snapping the Tigers’ four-game winning streak.

Mt. Lebanon outshot North Allegheny, 14-4, and held the advantage in penalty corners, 7-4. The Blue Devils cashed in early with their penalty corner opportunities, converting for the first two goals of the night. Georgia Esan tallied the first marker less than four minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead. Emelia Krakora added another on a corner with 15:42 remaining in the first half to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead. A Pfeifer Hill goal just over two minutes later ballooned Mt. Lebanon’s advantage to 3-0.

The Blue Devils finished off the scoring in the second half with goals from Delfina Szidetny and Lauren Gill to close out a 5-0 win over the Tigers.

North Allegheny dips to 7-9-1 overall and 6-2 in WPIAL Division I. Mt. Lebanon improves to 7-1 in the division and sits in second place. The Tigers hope to bounce back against another playoff-bound opponent on Wednesday when the Pine-Richland Rams come to Newman Stadium. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Mt. Lebanon, 10-14-19

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NA Handles Hempfield For Division Win, 5-2

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The North Allegheny field hockey team won its fourth straight game, and fifth in its last six tries, with a 5-2 triumph over the Hempfield Spartans on Wednesday night at Newman Stadium. Senior Hailey Wachowiak and junior Katrina Evancho sparked the offense as the Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead en route to the win. The victory clinched a playoff berth for North Allegheny.

Storming out of the gates from the outset, North Allegheny leaped to a 1-0 lead just 45 seconds into the game on a goal from senior Kate Adams. The Tigers stayed on the attack and improved the lead to 2-0 with 17:06 to go in the first half thanks to Wachowiak’s first goal of the night, assisted by freshman Sofia Mianzo. Evancho netted her first goal of the evening with 13:19 to play in the half for a 3-0 advantage.

Early in the second half, Wachowiak struck again to balloon the NA lead to 4-0 with 27:12 on the clock. Hempfield broke the shutout with 4:37 to play on a goal by Amanda Forsyth, trimming the Tigers lead to 4-1. North Allegheny tacked on another goal courtesy of Evancho for a 5-1 lead with 1:41 remaining. Hempfield’s Rachel Lundie tallied the final marker with 1:01 in the second half to bring the score to its eventual final, 5-2, Tigers.

Wednesday’s game was also Senior Night at Newman Stadium as all five seniors were recognized before the game, including Wachowiak, Adams, Izzy Ingram, Maya DeNoma and Ally Barcaskey.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 7-8-1 overall and 6-1 in WPIAL Division I. Hempfield slides to 0-6-1 in the division. The Tigers visit Mt. Lebanon on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in an important division matchup.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Hempfield, 10-9-19

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North Allegheny Overwhelms Allderdice, 12-0

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Seven different players scored goals for North Allegheny as the Tigers ambushed the Allderdice Dragons on Thursday night, 12-0, at Newman Stadium.

NA began its bombardment of the Allderdice net from the outset in a heavily one-sided game. Leading the offensive charge was senior Hailey Wachowiak with a four-goal performance. Juniors Marisa Hess and Katie Evancho netted a pair of goals each. Also touching the scoresheet were freshman Sofia Mianzo, and juniors Izzy Ingram, Ella Strzempek and Miarra Misutka with one goal apiece.

The WPIAL Division I victory improves North Allegheny’s section record to 5-1 on the season. The Tigers are 6-8-1 overall. NA will host Hempfield on Wednesday for senior night at 7:30 p.m.