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2019-2020 Game Summaries

Tigers Conclude Season At State Championship

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The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team took part in the State Championships over the weekend at North Penn High School and came away with a fifth-place finish to end the 2019 season. In the process, four Tigers received all-state recognition, including senior captain Sarah Koehler who received first-team honors. Freshman Rebecca Melanson earned second-team recognition and was nominated for the All-Freshman Team. Sophomore Anna Kegel garnered third-team laurels and junior Emma Halle was an honorable mention selection.

The Lady Tigers opened the state tournament on Friday with a contest against Wissahickon, narrowly dropping a 9-8 decision. Koehler led the Tigers with four goals and seven steals in the defeat.

North Allegheny bounced back in a big way on Saturday morning with a 15-8 victory over Souderton. Trailing 4-3 at halftime, the Tigers buried Souderton with a seven-goal avalanche in the third period to take command of the game. Leading the outburst was Melanson, who netted seven goals. Koehler notched a hat trick, while Kegel, Halle and Marissa Dorman tallied one goal apiece. Sophomore goalie Hannah Ziegler made 15 saves to earn the victory.

In the fifth-place consolation, North Allegheny ended the season on a high note with an 8-4 triumph over McDowell. Tied 2-2 at the half, the Tigers again used a big third period to seize control. This time NA outscored the Trojans 4-1 in the third period en route to the victory. The Tigers were aided by another hat trick from Koehler and two goals each from Dorman and Melanson. Kegel chipped in with a marker and a team-high five steals. Ziegler stopped seven shots in the win.

The North Allegheny boys’ water polo competed in the State Championship on Oct. 25-26 and claimed 7th place at the tournament. The Tigers fell in their first two games of the tournament with an 18-8 loss to Cumberland Valley and a 15-12 defeat to Governor Mifflin. David Lomakin led the team in both games with four goals in the first and seven in the second.  In the seventh-place consolation, Lomakin was once again the offensive catalyst with a seven-goal performance. Ben Phillips tallied a pair of goals and Tyler Tieppo added another. Goalies Eliot Maravich and Ben Pizov split time in net, combining for 10 saves in the victory.

Phillips earned second-team all-state recognition for his performance. Sean McClellan, Keller Sens and Asher Jones were all selected to the All-Freshman Team.

For the water polo teams, graduating seniors include Blake Camerlin, Akshana Dassanaike, Sarah Koehler, Rory Kooker and Ben Phillips.

The Lady Tigers conclude the season with a winning record, going 12-11 on the campaign The NA Boys finish out the year with a 6-17 mark.

NA Water Polo Qualifies For State Finals

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The North Allegheny boys’ and girls’ water polo teams qualified for the state finals with victories on Saturday at the Western Conference Championship.

The NA Boys opened the tournament with an 11-7 victory over the McDowell Trojans. The Tigers jumped out to a 6-3 lead by halftime and maintained their advantage in the second half. Junior captain David Lomakin led the charge with a four-goal performance. Senior captain Ben Phillips and freshman Justin Morrison tallied two goals each. Freshmen Keller Sens and Sean McClellan netted one goal each. In net, freshman goalie Eliot Maravich made five saves to earn the win.

In their second contest, the NA boys dropped an 11-4 decision to Cathedral Prep. Sens paced the offense with a hat trick, while McClellan added a goal as well. Despite the loss, the Tigers’ victory over McDowell qualified them for a trip to the state championship on Oct. 25-26.

The Lady Tigers had equal success at the Western Conference Championship and picked up an important 6-5 win over Villa Maria in the opener. Freshman Rebecca Melanson spearheaded the offense with a four-goal performance. Junior Emma Halle and senior captain Sarah Koehler added one goal apiece. With a four-goal outburst in the second period, the Tigers held a 4-1 lead at intermission and then staved off Villa Maria in the second half for the one-goal victory. Sophomore goalie Hannah Ziegler helped NA capture the win by making 11 saves in the contest.

In game two, the Tigers were edged by McDowell by a 7-6 final. Halle notched a hat trick and Koehler tallied a pair of goals. Melanson also touched the scoresheet with a single marker. Sophomore Anna Kegel was strong defensively with a team-high four steals. Like the NA Boys, the Lady Tigers qualified for the state championship with their opening victory in the tournament. The Girls State Championship will be held on Nov. 1-2.

On the season, the NA Boys are 5-15 overall and the NA Girls are 10-10.

Tigers Compete At Erie Challenge

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It was a tough weekend for the North Allegheny water polo team at the Erie Challenge last weekend. The NA boys and girls both went 0-3 at the tournament in one last test before the Western Conference Championship this Saturday.

The Lady Tigers opened the tournament with a 14-6 loss to Cumberland Valley. Senior Sarah Koehler and junior Emma Halle led the team with two goals each in the loss.

In their next contest, NA battled Villa Maria was narrowly edged out in an 8-7 defeat. The game was nip-and-tuck throughout and was tied at the half, 3-3. Villa Maria survived a five-goal and three-steal effort from Koehler, who led the NA attack.

In the final game of the tournament for the Lady Tigers, Wilson topped NA, 12-5. Koehler and Rebecca Melanson paced the offense with two goals each. Halle added a marker as well.

The NA boys played in a hard-fought contest to begin the tournament, falling to Upper Arlington, 12-8. The Tigers led 4-3 after one quarter and was tied at the half, 5-5. However, Upper Arlington used a strong second half to prevail. North Allegheny was led by freshman Keller Sens and junior David Lomakin, who scored four and three goals, respectively. Goalie Eliot Maravich stopped 16 shots in the loss.

The next game was another heartbreaker for the NA boys, narrowly losing to Wilson, 11-10, in overtime. The Tigers held a 6-2 lead at half before Bulldogs stormed back in the second half. Lomakin paced the offense with six goals and senior Ben Phillips added four more.

In the final game, North Allegheny used a younger lineup in a 14-6 loss to St. Charles. Lomakin tallied four goals, while Phillips and Yi-Fei Zhao added one goal each.

The results from the Erie Challenge drops the season record for the NA boys to 4-14 overall. The Lady Tigers slide to 9-9 on the year. The Tigers will take part in the Western Conference Championship on Saturday at Erie Cathedral Prep.

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.