Tigers Edged In OT Heartbreaker, 19-18
The North Allegheny girls’ lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaking 19-18 decision in overtime to the Seneca Valley Raiders at Newman Stadium on Monday night. Seneca Valley tied the section contest on a goal by Butler University commit, Karina Latsko, with just two seconds remaining to force overtime. Freshman Olivia Ruppert stunned the Tigers with a quick goal just 39 seconds into the extra session to lift the visiting Raiders to the one-goal victory.
In a shootout, the Tigers fell behind early, 8-3, before roaring back with seven unanswered goals to end the first half for a 10-8 lead. In the second half, the Tigers and Raiders traded goals and were tied 15-15 with 10:14 remaining in regulation before SV seemingly took control. A yellow card was issued to the Tigers and Seneca Valley capitalized on the man-up situation with goals by Ruppert and Lauren Podolec for a 17-15 lead with 8:10 left to play. Ruppert finished the night with five goals and Podolec led all scorers with six.
When the man-up expired, Seneca Valley continued to possess the ball before a critical stick check by Brooke Ferringer gave the Tigers the ball and momentum. Ferringer quickly scooped up the ground ball and sent a long pass to Caroline Palguta who raced 50 yards to the SV goal and buried a shot in the back of the net to cut the Raiders lead to 17-16. Totaling four goals on the evening and providing timely defensive stops, Ferringer was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
North Allegheny rode the wave of the Palguta goal into back-to-back markers by sophomore Paige Jones to grab an 18-17 advantage with 4:57 to play. Time and time again the Raiders pressured and peppered NA’s Katie Shideler with shots but each time the Tigers’ goalie turned Seneca Valley away. However, the relentless assault by the Raiders eventually resulted in the game-tying goal by Latsko with only two seconds left to send the game into overtime. Ruppert won it with a goal shortly thereafter.
For North Allegheny, the Tigers were led by senior Abby Washabaugh’s six goals and received plenty of contributions in an 18-goal outburst. Palguta and Ferringer finished with four goals each, and Jones added a hat trick. Nicole Atkinson and Anna Barton also tallied markers for NA.
The loss drops North Allegheny’s record to 6-7 overall and 5-6 in Section 3-AAA. Seneca Valley improves to 12-4 overall and 9-2 in the section. The Tigers can still lock up a playoff berth with a win at North Hills on Wednesday night.
Girls Lacrosse Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 5-8-17
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