2017-2018 Game Summaries
A thrilling ride for the North Allegheny field hockey team came to an end on Tuesday night as Lower Dauphin topped the Lady Tigers in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs, 3-0. The game was originally scheduled for Milton Hershey High School but was moved to the Spooky Nook Olympic Training Turf complex due to icy and unsafe conditions in central Pennsylvania.
The harrowing circumstances of the game did not faze the Lady Tigers who played tough with the District 3 runners up. Sophomore Maria Cima did her best to provide an offensive spark for North Allegheny and played aggressively on attack. Junior Bridget Russell and sophomore Maya DeNoma worked well together offensively as both players were moved to forwards instead of their normal midfield positions.
Defensively, junior Trystan Laughrey continued her dazzling play in the postseason with multiple defensive saves and goalie Emma Jorgensen made a stellar save late in the first half to keep things close.
While the Tigers provided glimpses of why they were so successful this season, Lower Dauphin managed to outlast NA with goals from Cailtlin Holland, Emma O’Neill and Audrey Domovich for a 3-0 victory.
North Allegheny concludes the season with a 12-8 record. Congratulations to head coach Trish Herbert and the Lady Tigers for a memorable 2017 season.
Pine-Richland was making its third appearance in four years in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game and on Wednesday night the Rams were able to finally attain what had been an elusive WPIAL title with a 4-0 win over the North Allegheny Tigers. It was the first WPIAL crown for Pine-Richland in program history.
In a battle of Section 1-AAA rivals, Pine-Richland dictated the pace in the first half against North Allegheny. That consistent pressure resulted in a goal by senior Marina Miller with 16:57 to go in the half for a 1-0 lead. The lead could have been even larger for the Rams if not for the strong goaltending of NA senior Emma Jorgensen and defensive play of junior Trystan Laughrey. With nine minutes left in the half, Jorgensen made back-to-back saves to deny PR’s Vivian Cavanaugh and Laughrey followed with another save to thwart Cavanaugh to keep the score at 1-0, Rams. For her efforts, Laughry was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
In the second half however, Cavanaugh scored a pair of goals and sophomore Alexa Sharon added another to lift Pine-Richland to a 4-0 victory. It was the 11th shutout of the season for sophomore goalie Abby Baratka who was never tested. North Allegheny did not have a shot on net.
Pine-Richland improves to 16-2 on the season with the win, while North Allegheny slips to 12-7 overall. Both teams qualify for the PIAA playoffs next week.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 11-1-17
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The North Allegheny field hockey team dashed Fox Chapel’s hopes at a WPIAL three-peat on Wednesday night with a thrilling 1-0 victory in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. It was the third straight year the Tigers and Foxes battled in the WPIAL playoffs with Fox Chapel winning the last two meetings, including a 3-0 win the semifinals last year. On Wednesday night, the Tigers earned a measure of revenge and punched their ticket to the WPIAL championship game for the fourth time in the last five seasons. In the title tilt, North Allegheny will take on section rival Pine-Richland next week.
From the outset, North Allegheny played with inspiration and passion, dictating the pace of play in the first ten minutes of the game. That consistent pressure paid off when the Tigers sprung free on a 2-on-1 break and scored with 19:26 on the first half clock. Sophomore Izzy Ingram raced down the right wing and fed a pass into the circle for senior Olivia Scherrer who beat FC goalie Marissa Hardiman for a 1-0 lead. Providing a spark to offense with her leadership and skill, Scherrer was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
The two-time reigning champions picked up the intensity and nearly scored the game-tying goal with less than a minute remaining in the half but sophomore Isabella Lagazzi whistled a shot wide left and NA’s 1-0 lead remained intact.
North Allegheny spent the vast majority of the second half fending off a fiery Fox Chapel team that refused to go down lightly. NA goalie Emma Jorgensen made a key save on a shot from Michigan State recruit Paige Ryan with 23 minutes left in regulation and Ryan missed wide right on a strong scoring chance with 11 minutes remaining. With relentless pressure, Fox Chapel held an 11-1 advantage on penalty corner opportunities but couldn’t convert one into a goal.
A collective effort from the NA defense and midfield proved pivotal in the outcome of the game. Tristan Laughrey, Laura Schwendeman, Maya DeNoma, Ally Barcaskey, Jenna Beam, Kayley Cooper, Sam Marien, Bridget Russell and others helped NA stave off Fox Chapel for a 1-0 victory and advance to the WPIAL title game.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 12-6 on the season and will take on Pine-Richland in the WPIAL championship on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:15 p.m. from Newman Stadium. The North Allegheny Sports Network will broadcast the game live.
Field Hockey Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 10-25-17
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By Field Hockey contributor
The North Allegheny Tigers defeated the Upper Saint Clair Panthers in a non-section game on Tuesday night, 1-0.
The game began with USC coming out strong and putting NA on the defensive. Goalie Emma Jorgenson and the Tigers defense held off several attacks and kept the score even. The half continued with each team going the distance of the field only to be denied by the defensive back line. The first half ended in a 0-0 deadlock.
The second half began the same way but the NA defense, centered by Kayley Cooper, held off the Panthers. Finally, the Tigers changed up some positions and the offensive line began to charge. Angela Genter made several runs and passes into the circle as the Tigers pressed for a goal. With under eleven minutes remaining in the game, Olivia Scherrer connected on a pass and got the game winning goal. The Tigers end the regular season with an 11-6 record following the non-section win and have qualified for the playoffs.
North Allegheny will scrimmage Shady Side Acaemy this Friday to prepare for the WPIAL playoffs against Fox Chapel next week.
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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