Tigers Fend Off Titans for Section Win, 12-9
The North Allegheny girls’ lacrosse team stretched its winning streak to four in a row on Wednesday evening with a 12-9 triumph over Shaler in a Section 2-AAA contest. The Tigers scored just 15 seconds into the game and earned a wire-to-wire victory.
On a cold and windy spring night at Newman Stadium, the Tigers used a strong start to forge a four-goal lead by halftime. Senior Laurel Donley set the tone and opened the scoring with back-to-back goals for a quick 2-0 lead with 21:20 left in the first half. Following a goal by Shaler’s Alexandra Rall, North Allegheny answered back with a marker by Indiana University of Pennsylvania commit, Mila Prusak, for a 3-1 advantage with 18:53 on the clock. Shaler freshman Kori Wilson trimmed the NA lead to 3-2 just over a minute later, but the Tigers responded with three consecutive goals, including two by sophomore Avery Anderson and another by sophomore Madelyn Lemmon for a 6-3 advantage with 5:15 remaining before halftime. From there, the two teams each traded a pair of goals in the remaining minutes of the first half, including markers by NA’s Leigh Failla and Tessa McDowell, to bring the score to 8-4, Tigers, at intermission.
At the start of the second half, North Allegheny ballooned the lead to 10-4 when junior Isla Abrams and Failla scored within the first three minutes for a 10-4 advantage. While it appeared the Tigers might pull away, the Titans rallied and netted four consecutive goals to trim the NA lead to 10-8 with 13:43 left in regulation. University of Akron commit, Cami Kwiatkowski, led the charge with four second-half goals and Rall also finished with a hat trick.
Prusak scored her second of the night with 7:24 to play, but Shaler answered back on Kwiatkowski’s fourth tally to bring the score to 11-9, Tigers, with 4:49 on the clock. With the Titans still within striking distance, North Allegheny put Shaler away for good when Donley capitalized on a free position run with 1:25 remaining in the game to secure a 12-9 victory. Donley, who finished with a hat trick, was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
In staving off the Shaler comeback bid, North Allegheny had several strong performance on defense to help the team prevail. Junior Maya Evans had a fine defensive effort, while junior Mia Valentine created five caused turnovers and reeled in four groundballs. In net, junior Izzie Trunzo posted eight saves to earn the victory. Along with her two goals, Prusak tallied a team-best six draw controls.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Section 2-AAA. Shaler dips to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the section. The Tigers will have a two-week break before visiting Butler on April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Girls Lacrosse Summary vs. Shaler, 3-29-23
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