Fourth Quarter Comeback Falls Just Short To Kiski School, 7-6
Trailing by four entering the final stanza, North Allegheny staged a furious fourth-quarter rally that fell just short in a 7-6 loss to Kiski School on Monday night at Newman Stadium.
The visiting Cougars, boasting 14 players from north of the border, scored the first three goals of the night for a prompt 3-0 lead. Junior Lowen Martin, a Lafayette College commit from Guelph, Canada, netted the first two markers of the night. Following a timeout from head coach John Rullan, North Allegheny answered with back-to-back tallies from Marc Bartolomucci and Evan Lyon, trimming the deficit to 3-2 with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter. UMBC commit Nathan Ward scored for Kiski School with just 17 seconds left in the period for a 4-2 lead.
In the second quarter, junior Nicholas Cuda scored to give the Cougars a 5-2 advantage with 9:10 on the clock. Just 55 seconds later, North Allegheny responded on Travis Lamark‘s ninth goal of the season to trim the deficit to 5-3.
With Kiski leading by a pair coming out of halftime, the Cougars and Tigers played to a near stalemate before the visitors struck for two goals late in the third period. Seven Willingham scored with 55 seconds left in the quarter, and Charlie Boon struck just 18 seconds later to increase the Kiski lead to 7-3 heading to the fourth period.
While the Kiski defense was stingy much of the night, North Allegheny broke through for two quick goals in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter thanks to markers by Bartolomucci and Lyon. Bartolomuci, a Saint Leo University commit, finished with two goals, giving him a team-best 25 on the season, and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
The NA comeback bid continued with 7:35 to play in regulation when freshman Jonathan Castillo scored a man-up goal to trim the deficit to 7-6. Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn’t find the equalizer as junior goalie Jack Williams made numerous outstanding saves as Kiski fended off the NA rally to claim a narrow 7-6 win.
North Allegheny sophomore goalie Logan Lyle also played well in net and made nine saves. Long stick middie Marco Pacarella, a University of Utah commit, posted a team-high four groundballs and three takeaways. Senior Christian Tedder helped spark the offense with three assists.
The non-section defeat snaps a five-game winning streak for North Allegheny and puts the team’s record at 6-4 on the season. Kiski School extends its winning streak to six in a row. The Tigers return to section play with a home contest against Allderdice on Wednesday night. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
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