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2019-2020 Game Summaries

NA Water Polo Earns Split At Beast of the East Invitational

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The North Allegheny water polo teams earned a split at the Beast of the East Invitational at Wilson High School over the weekend. The NA Boys and Girls both finished with a 2-2 record at the invitational.

The NA Boys opened the tournament with an exciting 10-9 victory over St. Francis. The Tigers were paced by junior captain David Lomakin, who tallied a team-leading six goals and six steals. Senior captain Ben Phillips and freshman Sean McClellan also posted two goals and three steals each. Freshman goalie Eliot Maravich earned the win in net with seven saves.

The Tigers dropped a 14-7 decision to Cathedral Prep in their next game but bounced back for a 10-6 victory over Wissahickon. Lomakin once again led the offensive charge with five goals and Phillips notched a hat trick. McClellan and Tyler Tieppo also netted goals in the victory. Maravich and sophomore Ben Pizov split time in net with three combined saves.

The NA Boys rounded out the tournament with a 12-8 loss to LaSalle College High School. Lomakin netted five goals, with Phillips, McClellan and Asher Jones posting one goal apiece.

The Lady Tigers started the invitational with a strong showing, crushing Central York by a 12-2 final. In a well-rounded performance, six different Tigers scored goals, including junior Emma Halle with six markers. Emma Donnelly and Rebecca Melanson netted two goals apiece. Anna Kegel, Sarah Koehler and Maggie Adkins all chipped in with one goal each. The goalie tandem of Marissa Dorman and Hannah Ziegler collaborated for eight saves in the victory.

The NA Girls flexed their muscle again in the next contest, delivering an impressive 20-7 win over Hill School for their eighth consecutive victory. Seven players touched the scoresheet in this victory, led by Kegel’s six goals and Koehler’s five. Melanson tallied four goals, Halle posted three, while Adkins, Rory Kooker and Jamie Palone added one goal each. In net, Dorman and Ziegler combined for five saves.

North Penn snapped NA’s eight-game winning streak in the next game with a 14-5 victory over the Tigers. North Allegheny concluded the tournament with a narrow 11-9 loss to Penn Charter. Kegel paced the offense with four goals in the loss to Penn Charter. Koehler, Melanson and Halle all totaled four steals to lead the defense.

For the season, the North Allegheny Boys have a record of 4-11 and the Lady Tigers sit at 9-6 on the year. Both teams have the weekend off before traveling north for the Erie Challenge on Oct. 11-12.

Lady Tigers Rise Up To Win NA Invitational Title

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North Allegheny High School was the host site for the annual Tiger Invitational over the weekend and the NA girls’ water polo team went a perfect 4-0 to claim the tournament title. The Lady Tigers earned wins over Governor Mifflin, McDowell, Fairview and Villa Maria en route to tournament gold.

The NA girls opened up the invitational with a blowout of Governor Mifflin, 18-4. Four different players scored four goals each, including Anna Kegel, Sarah Koehler, Rebecca Melanson and Emma Halle. Also chipping in with one goal apiece were Rory Kooker and Maggie Adkins. Sophomore Hannah Ziegler earned the win in net with 10 saves.

In the next game against McDowell, matters were much closer as NA scored the only goal in the fourth period to win a 7-6 thriller against the Trojans. Melanson paced the offense with three goals, followed by Halle’s two goals. Adkins and Emma Donnelly added single goals as well. Koehler was strong defensively, providing a team-high five steals. Ziegler once again picked up the win with eight saves.

Against Fairview, the Tigers rolled to a 19-8 victory. Halle was the catalyst with an eye-popping 10 goal performance. Koehler posted a team-best nine assists and five steals, to go along with two goals as well.

For the tournament championship, North Allegheny jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period against Villa Maria and held on for a 9-7 victory. Halle and Koehler each notched a hat trick. Melanson scored a pair of goals and Kegel added another. Ziegler reeled in 11 saves to complete a successful home tournament for the Lady Tigers.

Things didn’t go quite as well for the NA boys with losses to Governor Mifflin, Cathedral Prep and McDowell for an 0-3 outing.

In the opener, the NA offense posted 10 goals but Governor Mifflin outlasted the Tigers for a 16-10 win. Junior David Lomakin led the team with six goals and senior Ben Phillips scored the other four goals, to go along with three assists and two steals.

The next contest saw Cathedral Prep score five goals in the fourth period to pull away from NA for a 12-4 victory. Phillips totaled two goals, with Keller Sens and Asher Jones chipping in with one goal each.

The tournament finale was a tightly-contested affair, however, McDowell netted two late goals in the fourth to eek out a 9-7 win over the Tigers. Lomakin had a strong all-around game with three goals and four steals. Phillips tallied two goals, while Sens and freshman Sean McClellan posted one goal apiece.

On the season, the NA boys have a record of 2-9. The Lady Tigers are 7-4 on the campaign following their tournament championship. North Allegheny will travel to Wilson High School this weekend for the Beast of the East Invitational.

Tigers Compete At Screamin’ Eagle Invitational

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The North Allegheny water polo team traveled to Cumberland Valley High School over the weekend for the Screamin’ Eagle Tournament. The Lady Tigers posted a 2-2 record at the tournament, while the NA Boys went 1-4.

For the Lady Tigers, the team sustained a pair of losses to begin the tournament. North Penn beat NA 11-5 and host Cumberland Valley claimed a 20-10 win over the Tigers. Freshman Rebecca Melanson posted a hat trick against North Penn and junior Emma Halle tallied a team-high five goals in the loss to CV.

The NA Girls finished strong with back-to-back victories, defeating Wissahickon, 10-6, and Mechanicsburg, 15-4. Senior Sarah Koehler spearheaded the victory against Wissahickon with a team-leading six goals and team-best five steals. Melanson netted four goals and corralled three steals. In net, junior goalie Marissa Dorman made 18 saves to earn the victory.

Against Mechanicsburg, the Lady Tigers opened up a 6-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Six different Tigers scored goals in the victory, including sophomore Emma Donnelly with a team-best five markers. Koehler and senior Rory Kooker posted a hat trick each. Halle added a pair of goals, along with a team-leading eight steals. Melanson and Maggie Adkins netted one goal each. Dorman again earned the win net with nine saves.

Things were a bit tougher for the NA Boys, beginning with a 12-1 loss to North Penn to open the tournament. A 13-9 defeat to Cumberland Valley and a narrow 10-9 setback to Wissahickon followed.

The Tigers snapped the losing skid with a strong 7-5 victory over Mechanicsburg. The scoring as spread out for North Allegheny with six different players touching the scoresheet. Junior Tyler Tieppo led with a pair of goals, while Yi-Fei Zho, Kevin Mao, Ani Manchella, Justin Morrison and Ben Gavran all netted one goal apiece. Defensively, Morrison posted a team-leading three steals. The duo of Eliot Maravich and Ben Pizov split time in net with a combined eight saves in the win.

NA rounded out the tournament with an 11-8 loss to La Salle College High School.

Following the trip to Cumberland Valley, the NA Boys are 2-6 and the Lady Tigers are 3-4. The North Allegheny water polo team returns to action on Sept. 20-21 by hosting the NA Tiger Invitational.

(Photo by Tony Melanson)

NA Water Polo Opens Season At McDowell Cup

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The North Allegheny water polo team opened the 2019 season on Saturday in Erie at the McDowell Cup Tournament. Both NA teams came away with a 1-2 performance in their three games at the tournament.

It was a strong start for the Lady Tigers, who opened the event with an 8-7 victory over Villa Maria. NA built a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and fended off a Villa Maria rally in the second half. Senior captain Sarah Koehler led the offense with a hat trick, followed by junior Emma Halle with two goals. Sophomores Anna Kegel and Hanna Ziegler, and freshman Rebecca Melanson also netted goals in the win. Junior goalie Marissa Dorman earned the win in net with 10 saves.

In game two, it was the Tigers who trailed at the half, 7-2, but stormed back with a strong second half. However, the NA rally fell just short in an 11-9 defeat to Upper Arlington. Koehler was the catalyst in the comeback bid with eight of NA’s nine goals. The other marker belonged to Melanson.

In the finale, the NA girls’ team dropped an 11-5 decision to host McDowell. Koehler paced the offense with another hat trick, while Ziegler and Halle chipped in with one goal each.

The North Allegheny boys’ squad had a tough beginning at the McDowell Cup with a 14-6 loss to Cathedral Prep and a 12-8 loss to Upper Arlington. Against Prep, the Tigers were led by freshman Keller Sens and Asher Jones with two goals apiece. In the loss to Upper Arlington, junior captain David Lomakin paced the attack with a hat trick, joined by senior captain Ben Phillips and freshman Sean McClellan who netted two goals each.

The Tigers ended the tournament on a high note, earning a dominant 11-5 victory over McDowell. NA jumped out to a 6-2 lead by halftime and put the game away by outscoring McDowell 4-0 in the fourth period. Lomakin sparked the NA offense with a five-goal performance. Sens, Phillips and Jones all scored two goals apiece in a rout of the host Trojans. Freshman Eliot Maravich and sophomore Ben Pizov split time in net to help NA to the win. Maravich made five saves and Pizov stopped three shots.

North Allegheny looks to build on a solid start to the season with a visit to Cumberland Valley this weekend at the Screamin’ Eagle Tournament.

(Photo by Tony Melanson)