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2022-2023 Game Summaries

NA Falls To Pine-Richland In WPIAL Championship

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For the second consecutive season, North Allegheny and Pine-Richland dueled at Washington & Jefferson College’s Cameron Stadium in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game. Despite a valiant effort by the Tigers, the Rams won their fourth consecutive WPIAL crown with a 3-0 victory. It’s the fifth WPIAL championship for the Rams in six seasons.

In the early going, it was Pine-Richland who jumped out to the early lead on a goal by senior Emma Westerhoff just five minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead. North Allegheny fought back and nearly tied the game when senior Mila Prusak, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania commit, hit the post with three minutes left in the first half. The Rams survived the near-miss by the Tigers and maintained their one-goal lead at intermission.

Injured late in the first half, the Tigers had to press on without the services of one of their best two-way players, Millersville University commit, Lauren Kampi. Pine-Richland was able to capitalize and scored 27 seconds into the second half on a goal by junior Jessica Albertson for a 2-0 lead. Holding an 11-1 advantage in penalty corners on the afternoon, the Rams scored cashed in on a penalty corner with 6:16 left in the fourth period when Georgia Rottinghaus scored to bring the score to its eventual final, 3-0.

The North Allegheny senior class of Prusak, Kampi, Callie Rautenbach, Leah Mouganis, Emily Wachowiak, Sofia Mianzo, Abby Hershberger, Avery Snowden and Jordan Ashbaugh were named the Wright Automotive Players of the Game. The senior class amassed 40 victories over the last four years and four playoff appearances, including two WPIAL runners-up medals.

The season ends for North Allegheny with a 13-5-1 record, while Pine-Richland improves 19-0-1 and advances to the PIAA playoffs. Congratulations to head coach Michelle Couch, assistants Michelle Murray and Lexie McDowell, and the entire North Allegheny field hockey team for another memorable season.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-29-22

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NA Prevails Over Peters Township in WPIAL Semifinals, 1-0

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After splitting a pair of one-goal games in the regular season, second-seeded North Allegheny and third-seeded Peters Township once again played in a tightly contested affair on Thursday night. In the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Pine-Richland High School, it was the Tigers who prevailed in the rubber-match by a 1-0 decision.

Following scoreless first quarter, North Allegheny struck first when senior Lauren Kampi started a rush from deep in the Tigers’ own defensive zone. Kampi eluded several defenders and threaded a pass to fellow senior Mila Prusak, who fed a pass ahead to Isla Abrams. The speedy junior forward streaked past the defense and directed a shot off of Peters Township goalie Grace Urban and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead with 11:29 remaining in the second quarter.

The goal by Abrams was her team-leading 25th of the season, and sparked an offensive surge for the black and gold through the remainder of the first half. The Tigers led in penalty corners 11-3 on the night with eight of which coming in the first half.

Peters Township’s best scoring chance came with five minutes left in the second quarter but senior goalie Jordan Ashbaugh stonewalled the Indians with back-to-back saves in a sprawling effort to keep NA’s one-goal lead intact. Ashbaugh finished with six saves for her 11th shutout of the season and 26th of her career, earning her Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

In the second half, the Indians applied more sustained pressured in Tigers’ territory but was unable to find the equalizer as Ashbaugh and the NA defense turned Peters Township away for a 1-0 victory.

The win improves North Allegheny’s record to 13-4-1 on the campaign, while Peters Township finishes the season with a 12-7 mark. The Tigers will take on Pine-Richland on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. from W&J’s Cameron Stadium in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game. The contest is a rematch of last year’s title tilt. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Peters Township, 10-27-22

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NA Edged by Pine-Richland In Regular Season Finale

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The 2022 regular season came to a close on Thursday night with a matchup between two playoff-bound teams in Gibsonia. The North Allegheny field hockey team dropped a narrow 3-1 decision to the Section 1-AAA champion Pine-Richland Rams.

The Rams struck first in the contest on a marker by Kayla Karmanos as the first quarter clock expired for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers knotted the game with 12:19 left in the second quarter when senior Lauren Kampi scored on a tip-in to even the contest at 1-1. With 6:39 left in the second period, Pine-Richland grabbed the lead back on a goal by Madeline Mill for a 2-1 advantage.

The two teams battled throughout the second half before Pine-Richland gained a stranglehold of the game with another goal by Mill in the fourth quarter to close out a 3-1 victory.

North Allegheny ends the regular season with a 12-4-1 overall record and 9-3 mark in Section 1-AAA. Pine-Richland improves to 17-1 overall and 12-0 in the section. The second-seeded Tigers will next face the third-seeded Peters Township Indians in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals next Thursday, Oct. 27, hosted by top-seed Pine-Richland.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-20-22

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NA Knocks Out Norwin, 8-0, on Senior Night

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On Senior Night at Newman Stadium, the North Allegheny field hockey team clobbered the Norwin Knights, 8-0, in a Section 1-AAA contest. Senior Mila Prusak netted a hat trick in the first quarter to jump start the Tigers in the rout. The hat trick gives Prusak 19 goals on the season, earning her Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

The Tigers wasted little time getting started as Prusak tallied her first of the night 2:52 into the game for a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Josie Schomburg scored just over two minutes later before Prusak tickled the back of the net with two more goals in the opening stanza for a 4-0 lead.

Junior Isla Abrams scored the only goal of the second, giving her a team-high 24 on the campaign, and sophomore Mia Brinkley posted the lone goal of the third period to increase the NA advantage to 6-0.

In the fourth quarter, seniors Leah Mouganis and Lauren Kampi scored one goal each to close out an 8-0 victory. The goal for Kampi gives her 13 on the season, third best on the squad.

North Allegheny outshot Norwin, 28-0, as senior Jordan Ashbaugh was credited with an easy shutout, the team’s 10th of the season.

Along with Prusak, Mouganis, Kampi and Ashbaugh, fellow seniors Callie Rautenbach, Emily Wachowiak, Sofia Mianzo, Abby Hershberger and Avery Snowden were all recognized before the game.

Following the victory, North Allegheny leaps to 12-3-1 overall and 9-2 in Section 1-AAAA. The blowout victory secures the No. 2 seed for the Tigers in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs. Norwin dips to 3-9 overall and 2-8 in the section. The Tigers will round out the regular season with a visit to Pine-Richland on Thursday night.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Norwin, 10-18-22

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Tigers Dominate Dragons, 14-0

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The North Allegheny field hockey team buried the Allderdice Dragons on Thursday afternoon under an avalanche of goals enroute to a 14-0 win in Section 1-AAA action at Cupples Stadium. It’s the second consecutive game the Tigers gave scored in double figures.

Leading the way was senior Mile Prusak with a six-goal effort. Junior Isla Abrams tallied a hat trick and sophomore Josie Schomburg followed with a pair of goals. Junior Haley Shanahan, sophomore Bailey Yatko and senior Leah Mouganis all contributed to the onslaught with markers as well.

With the win, North Allegheny leaps to 11-3-1 overall and 8-2 in section play. The Tigers will host Norwin on Tuesday for another section contest. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Field Hockey Summary vs. Allderdice, 10-13-22

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