NA Cruises Past Canon-McMillan In WPIAL First Round, 17-10
North Allegheny scored six goals in the first 2:27 of the game and rolled to a 17-10 win over Canon-McMillan in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. Three years ago, the Tigers earned their first home playoff win in program history with an 18-8 triumph over the Big Macs. In similar fashion on Tuesday night, NA claimed another impressive postseason win against Canon-Mac at the friendly confines of Newman Stadium.
The Tigers fired their opening salvo with a barrage of goals in the first half, prompting the Big Macs to pull starting goalie Sophia Grasky from the game following NA’s sixth goal. Junior Mila Prusak scored three of her four goals during North Allegheny’s initial surge.
Canon-McMillan broke through for a goal thanks to a marker by Meghan Torpey with 22:18 left in the half. However, North Allegheny answered back with four consecutive goals to increase the lead to 10-1 with 16:37 remaining in the first half. Senior attack Bella Falo netted four of her team-leading six goals in the first half. Both Falo and Prusak added two assists each as well.
With additional first half goals by Laurel Donley, Isla Abrams and Avery Anderson, North Allegheny held a 13-3 lead by intermission.
To their credit, the Big Macs didn’t go down without a fight and outscored the Tigers, 7-4, in the second half. By then, however, it was too little, too late as North Allegheny punched its ticket to the WPIAL quarterfinals and prevailed by a 17-10 decision.
Along with the typical big offensive showings from Falo and Prusak, Abrams finished with a pair of goals, five draw controls and won an impressive 17 of 20 draws taken. Totaling one goal each were Donley, Anderson, senior Emma Lafayette and juniors Sofia Mianzo and Leigh Failla.
In net, sophomore goalie Izzie Trunzo notched five saves, while junior middie Becka Oates provided four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
A terrific all-around performance was provided by senior Allison Lyon, who posted a team-high eight draw controls, a team-best five ground balls and added two caused turnovers. Playing a pivotal role in providing possession time throughout the night, Lyon was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
For Canon-McMillan, sophomore Brigid Torpey tallied a hat trick and sister Meghan Torpey added a pair of goals. Junior goalie Natalie McKinney performed admirably in a relief role and kept the Big Macs within reasonable striking distance.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 11-6 overall, while Canon-McMillan concludes its campaign with a 10-7 record. For the first time in program history, the Tigers have posted back-to-back seasons of 10 wins or more. Up next, seventh-seeded North Allegheny will visit second-seeded Mt. Lebanon on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Lacrosse Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 5-17-22
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