NA Shuts Out Fox Chapel 16-0 for Fourth Straight Win
by Bob Orkwis
Since a tough loss on the road at Mt. Lebanon, the Tigers have found their stride as they posted their fourth consecutive win, shutting out Fox Chapel 16-0 at Newman Stadium.
Senior Marc Bartolomucci, who had another great offensive night, got the Tigers on the board 2:26 into the game with his 17th goal of the season off an assist from Jonathan Castillo.
Castillo then found the net to put the Tigers up 2-0. Halfway through the first quarter, Bartolomucci fed Travis Lamark for his sixth goal of the season to make it 3-0.
Bartolomucci netted his second goal, before the Tigers blew the game open with three goals in the final minute of the quarter.
Sam Porter scored his fifth of the year at 11:05. Freshman Luke Rohan won the ensuing faceoff and raced forward to score his first goal of the season eight seconds later. Castillo added his second of the quarter at 11:53 and North Allegheny had a commanding 7-0 after one.
Rohan duplicated his earlier goal by winning the opening faceoff of the second quarter and finding the net just eight seconds into the period. Sophomore Colman Craft scored his third goal in as many games before Bartolomucci completed his hat trick to make the lead 10-0. Evan Lyon scored his 14th of the year from distance and sophomore Jacob Clarkson struck on a three-on-two in transition for his first varsity tally.
MJ Schwemmer scored his second goal of the season of a nifty feed from Christian Tedder right before halftime, and the Tigers led 13-0 at the break.
In the second half, Lyon added his second of the game early to put the running clock in effect. Castillo notched the hat trick and junior Aidan Rabenstein added his first career goal to complete the scoring for North Allegheny.
Bartolomucci finished the game with three goals and three assists to pace the Tigers (5-3, 3-0). The freshman Castillo continued his fine play, adding two assists to go with his hat trick.
Sophomore Logan Lyle got the start in goal and the win for the Tigers making two saves. Senior Beck Taucher came on with 8:33 left and made two saves, including a fantastic stop late, diving to his right to preserve the shutout.
Among the many candidates for the Wright Automotive Player of the Game, freshman Luke Rohan was awarded the honor not only for his first two career goals, but also for his sparkling performance in the faceoff circle. On the night, Rohan won 15-of-16 draws, finishing the contest at 93-percent at the X.
Coming into tonight’s action, North Allegheny, Seneca Valley, and Shady Side Academy were the only three teams in Section 2-AAA without a section loss. The Bulldogs are next up on the docket for the Tigers as NA travels to Fox Chapel to face SSA on Wednesday night before returning home to face the Kiski School and Allderdice next week. Both of those home contests will be carried live on the North Allegheny Sports network.
Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Fox Chapel, 4-17-23
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