2021-2022 Game Summaries
In a rematch of last year’s WPIAL Class AAA championship, the Shady Side Academy Bulldogs earned a measure of revenge against North Allegheny with an 11-7 victory in the WPIAL semifinals on Monday night at Shaler Middle School.
Playing without three starters, including Seton Hill commit Cole Bordo and faceoff man Ryan Barry due to injury, the Tigers hung tough in the first quarter and trailed by only one goal after one period of play. Senior Will Badeer scored a man-up goal for the Bulldogs for the only marker of the period.
SSA opened up a 4-0 lead with 7:42 to play in the second quarter on goals by Dylan Nauhaus, Mac Mohn and J.P. Henry. North Allegheny answered back on back-to-back goals from Marc Bartolomucci and Gavin Banyas to cut the score to 4-2 with 2:11 left before halftime. However, two late goals by Seamus Riordan and Henry increased the SSA lead to four goals once again at the half, 6-2.
The Tigers edged closer in the third quarter on back-to-back markers by Banyas and Christian Tedder, trimming the deficit to 6-4 with 4:07 remaining in the period.
While it appeared North Allegheny was on the comeback trail, Shady Side Academy took command of the game with four consecutive goals, including a natural hat trick by Ethan Savlia to start the fourth quarter, for a 10-4 lead. The Tigers were dealt an additional blow when Bartolomucci left the game with an injury in the second half.
Undaunted, North Allegheny didn’t go down without a fight and scored three of the final four goals on the night, bringing the final score to 11-7, SSA. Tedder, Evan Lyon and Marco Pascarella scored goals down the stretch for the Tigers. Pascarella earned six face off wins, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Other statistical leaders for NA included junior Matt Miller with four ground balls and senior goalie Marc Melanson with 10 saves.
The North Allegheny seniors of Bordo, Banyas, Barry, Melanson, Trey Griswold, Owen Bishop, Nolan Collery, Marko Kosanovich, Aidan Soriano, Philip Khoury, Nicholas Mouganis, Nicholas Simons and Eric Ghilani were named the Wright Automotive Players of the Game in recognition for a memorable career with the Tigers.
With the win, Shady Side Academy advances to the WPIAL Class AAA championship game to face the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils on Wednesday at Robert Morris University. The loss ends North Allegheny’s season with a 12-7 record and ends the Tigers quest for a second straight WPIAL title. Congratulations to head coach John Rullan and the entire NA boys’ lacrosse team for another outstanding season.
Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Shady Side Academy, 5-23-22
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Steady rains made for a slow start, but the second-seeded North Allegheny Boys Lacrosse Team took down No. 10 Penn Trafford, 20-3, at Newman Stadium Wednesday night.
The Warriors jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter off the strong play from senior midfielder Carter Green, who scored just about two minutes into the contest. That would be the only lead Penn Trafford could hold onto, as North Allegheny tied the game five minutes later. Junior Christian Tedder fed senior Gavin Banyas for the equalizer with about five minutes left in the frame. Tedder found the back of the net with less than two minutes to play in the first, assisted by Evan Lyon. Senior Cole Bordo added his first of the game with just over a minute to play in the quarter, assisted from Banyas. Junior Marco Pascarella took a feed from the faceoff circle administered by junior Trey Gallo to improve the lead to 4-1 before the quarter came to an end.
The Tigers scored 12 goals in the second quarter to put the game comfortably out of reach.
Freshman Travis Lamark ended the game with a four-goal night, while Bordo and junior Marc Bartolomucci each recorded hat tricks. Bartolomucci took a wicked backhanded shot with less than seven minutes to play in the second quarter to complete the trick. Lyon had a seven-point outburst including two goals. He joined Baynas and Tedder who recorded two goals and an assist each. Other goal scorers included junior Sean Boal, Pascarella, freshman Sam Porter and sophomore Sam Palone.
Lyon took home Wright Automotive Player of the Game laurels for his two-goal, five-assist performance.
Penn Trafford additionally saw goals from Jackson Kerrigan and Bennett Dupilka.
The Tigers advance to the WPIAL Semifinals to take on third-seeded Shady Side Academy Monday, at a time and place to be determined. You can catch the game live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
In a battle between the reigning WPIAL champions in Class 3A and Class 2A, it was the Mars Planets who prevailed over the North Allegheny Tigers on Monday night, 13-8, in a non-section contest.
The five-time reigning Class 2A champs used a quick start and a strong third quarter to remain undefeated at 15-0 on the season. A first period hat trick by junior Wesley Scurci helped the Planets build a 5-1 lead by the 1:48 mark of the second period. Scurci, a Lindenwood University recruit, finished with four goals on the night.
North Allegheny struck for a pair of goals late in the first half, one from senior Gavin Banyas and another from junior Christian Tedder to cut the score to 6-3 at the half. The Tedder goal, his second of the night, came with just nine seconds left before halftime.
North Allegheny netted two of the first three goals in the second half on markers by juniors Marco Pascarella and Marc Bartolomucci to trim the deficit to 7-5 with 5:18 left in the third quarter. Unfortunately, that was a close as the Tigers would get as the Planets erupted for six consecutive goals to grab a 12-5 lead by the early stages of the fourth quarter.
Undaunted, North Allegheny battled to the end and tallied a goal by Banyas and two more from Bartolomucci in the fourth quarter in a 13-8 defeat. Bartolomucci totaled a hat trick for NA, while Banyas and Tedder finished with two goals each.
Senior Marc Melanson got the start and made 18 saves in the effort and faced a barrage of shots from several Division I recruits throughout the evening.
North Allegheny falls to 10-6 on the season following the tough non-section tune-up. The Tigers will visit Norwin on Wednesday in the regular season finale.
Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Mars, 5-9-22
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The North Allegheny boys’ lacrosse team concluded its run at the MSCLA Tournament in Hudson, Ohio with a 10-2 loss to Wheaton Academy (IL). Wheaton Academy jumped to a 5-1 lead at the half and was paced by junior Aiden Weisenborn with a hat trick.
Junior Christian Tedder and senior Michael Mouganis scored goals for the Tigers in the defeat. Junior Marco Pascarella led the team in ground balls and caused turnovers with three and four, respectively. Freshman Logan Lyle got the start in net and made seven saves in the first half. Junior Beck Taucher played the second half and made a pair of saves.
The loss snaps North Allegheny’s winning steak at seven. The Tigers’ record sits at 10-5 overall. NA will visit Mars on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in a non-section contest.
Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Wheaton Academy, 5-7-22
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It was round two between a pair of WPIAL Class 3A heavyweights on Friday night at the MSCLA Tournament. After falling to Mt. Lebanon in an early season heartbreaker on April 1 by a 9-8 decision, North Allegheny earned a measure of revenge with a convincing 12-4 win over the Blue Devils in the rematch.
The MSCLA tournament brings together some of the best high school lacrosse teams in the area to Hudson, OH near the end of each regular season. Perennially two of the top squads in the WPIAL’s largest classification, the Tigers and Blue Devils locked horns in this non-section matchup. While the first meeting saw Mt. Lebanon rally from a four-goal deficit for a dramatic victory, this matchup saw North Allegheny seize control and never let up.
Freshman Coleman Craft and senior Trey Griswold held down the Blue Devils with their defense, and senior goalie Marc Melanson made seven saves to earn the victory. With Mt. Lebanon’s attack held in check, North Allegheny piled up the goals thanks to four goals from senior Cole Bordo and a hat trick from junior Marc Bartolomucci. Senior Gavin Banyas and sophomore Evan Lyon each added a pair of goals in the victory.
North Allegheny improves to 10-4 overall on the season with a seventh consecutive victory. The Tigers will take on Wheaton Academy at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday in Day Two of the MSCLA Tournament.