North Allegheny Edged By Shady Side Academy, 6-3

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by Bob Orkwis

As the season winds towards the stretch run, section games become more important. That was the case at Newman Stadium as first place Shady Side Academy paid a visit. The Tigers stood toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs for most of the first half, before falling 6-3.

Shady Side drew first blood just 33 seconds into the contest on a crease roll goal by Elsa Blodgett.

North Allegheny evened the score at 1-1, when Isla Abrams made a great move along the right goal line to move in front and beat Rachel Jones at 3:26 for her 10th goal of the season.

Megan Golden netted the game’s next two goals off of free position opportunities and the Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead with just under ten minutes remaining before halftime.

The Tigers took advantage of their own free position chance, and freshman Keely McMahon-Regan scored her 6th goal of the season at 19:36 to pull NA within a goal.

But Neely Hawn scored her first goal of the night less than two minutes later and Shady Side led 4-2 at halftime. Junior goalie Izzie Trunzo made a big save late for North Allegheny, one of her five stops, to keep the deficit at two.

But a crucial point in the game happened early in the second half. Blodgett was sent off with a yellow card 59 seconds in, putting the Tigers a player up. But a turnover led to a three-on-two and Hawn converted a short-handed goal at 1:11 to make the score 5-2. Each team received two yellow cards apiece in the game.

Golden completed her hat trick at 17:04 to make the score 6-2. But the Tigers got some life when Laurel Donley scored her 10th goal of the season after a great dodge on a free position to get North Allegheny within three with 4:42 remaining.

North Allegheny got some good opportunities following the Donley goal, but Jones made several good stops to finish with nine saves in the game.

The Bulldogs, (5-3, 5-0), came into action tied for first place in 3A Section 2 with Pine-Richland. North Allegheny, (5-4, 3-3), was tied for the final playoff spot with North Hills and Seneca Valley before the loss.

With her goal in the first half, Keely McMahon-Regan took home the Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. The freshman now has scored four goals in the last three games.

North Allegheny starts off next week with a two-game section road trip with visits to Pine-Richland and Seneca Valley on Monday and Wednesday before returning home for a Friday night non-section tilt with Sewickley Academy, that will be broadcast live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Lacrosse Summary vs. Shady Side Academy, 4-19-23

Shady Side Academy426
North Allegheny213