NA Unable To Climb Past Everest Academy In Non-Section Matchup
In the first ever matchup between North Allegheny and Everest Academy, the host Tigers dropped an 8-5 decision in a non-section contest at Newman Stadium.
Everest Academy made the five-hour drive to Wexford from Ontario, Canada, for its season opener and got off to a quick start when University of Maryland commit, Hammish McPherson, scored on the first shot of the game for a 1-0 lead. Undaunted, North Allegheny answered back nearly immediately on a goal by Christian Tedder, tying the score at 1-1 with 10:27 on the clock. Tedder struck again with 2:36 left in the first quarter to give NA a 2-1 lead. In a see-saw first quarter, Everest Academy’s Blake Mason knotted the score at 2-2 with 26 seconds remaining in the period.
In the second quarter, North Allegheny scored three of the next four goals to take a 5-3 advantage. Freshman FOGO Luke Rohan excelled by winning six faceoffs, giving NA plenty of possession time in the stanza. Sophomore Sam Porter was the first to capitalize when he muscled his way through the EA defense with 10:03 on the clock for a 3-2 lead. Saint Leo University commit, Marc Bartolumucci, scored 27 seconds later to increase the NA advantage to 4-2. Following a Robby White goal, the Tigers regained their two-goal lead on a marker by University of Utah commit, Marco Pascarella, to bring the score to 5-3, North Allegheny, with 6:58 to play before intermission.
Despite the impressive performance in the first half by the Tigers, Everest Academy and goalie Nick Parolin blanked NA for the rest of the night, allowing the EA offense an opportunity to regroup. Paced by White’s hat trick, Everest Academy scored five unanswered goals to rally for a 8-5 win.
Tedder, who was making his return from a preseason injury, was named Wright Automotive Player of the Game for his two-goal performance. Pascarella totaled six groundballs and two takeaways, while senior defenseman Matthew Miller garnered five groundballs and one takeaway. Sophomore long-stick middie Colman Craft added three groundballs and two takeways. Facing a high-octane Everest Academy team boasting nine college commits, sophomore goalie Logan Lyle helped limit EA and made 12 saves on 20 shots.
Following the loss, North Allegheny slips to 1-2 on the season and will look to regroup on Thursday night for a tough non-section matchup at Mt. Lebanon.
Boys Lacrosse Summary vs. Everest Academy, 3-28-23
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