2021-2022 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny water polo team ventured to Erie on Thursday night for a matchup with the McDowell Trojans and both NA squads came away with 13-7 victories.
The Lady Tigers opened the night with and faced a Trojans team that hung tough in the first half. NA led 5-4 at halftime but blew the game open by outscoring McDowell, 4-0, in the third quarter. The Tigers maintained the lead from that point on and coasted to the win. Senior captain Anna Kegel sparked the attack with a team-leading seven goals, while adding an assist and two steals. Junior Rebecca Melanson and seniors Natalie Marquiss and Jamie Palone all netted two goals each. Melanson facilitated the offense with a team-best five assists and Marquiss led the defense with four steals. In net, sophomore goalie Izzie Trunzo made 11 saves, 10 of which game in the first half before the NA defense put the clamps down on McDowell in the second half.
After earning a narrow one-goal victory on Tuesday night against Cathedral Prep, the NA Boys wasted little time with McDowell on Thursday. The Tigers raced to a 7-1 lead by intermission and stretched the advantage to 10-2 by the end of the third quarter. Six different players scored on offense, including juniors Sean McClellan and Justin Morrison, who each tallied a hat trick. Sophomore Camden Wright and juniors Keller Sens and Asher Jones all posted two goals each. Following an eight-steal performance against Cathedral Prep, junior Ben Gavran once again paced the defense with four steals. Junior goalie Eliot Maravich made 10 saves to earn the victory, including six in the second quarter.
The NA Boys improve to 15-2 overall and the Lady Tigers jump to 16-2 on the season following Thursday’s wins. The North Allegheny water polo team has Homecoming weekend off before jumping back in the pool for the Erie Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 16.
North Allegheny water polo earned a sweep over a pair of foes from Erie on Tuesday night at NASH. The NA Girls rolled to a 13-4 win over Villa Maria and the NA Boys staved off a late rally from Cathedral Prep for an 8-7 victory.
In the opener, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 12-1 lead by the end of the three quarters to win in a rout. Senior captain Anna Kegel spearheaded the blowout offensively with a goal just 20 seconds into the game and tallied seven markers on the night. Sophomore Katyusha Peregoncev netted a pair of goals in the second half to help NA pull away for the 13-4 win. Other Tigers with single goals included Rebecca Melanson, Sharon Li, Natalie Marquiss and Emma Donnelly. In net, sophomore Izzie Trunzo was impressive with 15 saves on her way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. Villa Maria senior Molly Fehr scored all four goals for the Victors in a losing effort.
In the night cap, the NA Boys team won an exciting contest by fending off Cathedral Prep. The Ramplers scored the first goal with 2:07 to play in the first period on a marker by Mitchell Bradford, but back-to-back goals by junior Asher Jones in the final 16 seconds of the half gave NA a 2-1 lead. From that point on, North Allegheny held the advantage for the remainder of the night but was constantly threatened by Cathedral Prep.
Ben Gavran, Justin Morrison and Keller Sens all scored in the second quarter to help NA build a 5-2 lead. Gavran played a pivotal role on defense with a team-high eight steals and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Gavran’s defense would be important in the second half as Cathedral Prep began to chip away. Even though Sens scored his second of the night in the third period, the Ramblers sandwiched goals from Hugh Wegley and Connor Mortiz around the Sens marker to trim the deficit to 6-4.
After a Sean McClellen goal with 3:52 left in the fourth quarter, Bradford and Moritz scored back-to-back to cut the NA lead to 7-6 with 2:06 to play. It appeared Ethan Berty’s goal with just 34 seconds remaining might put the game away for NA, but a third goal by Mortiz with 19 seconds remaining cut the score to 8-7, Tigers. In the waning seconds, Aidan Levis had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer but his final shot hit the left post and bounced away as NA escaped with the one-goal victory.
Following Tuesday’s results, the NA Boys improve to 14-2 overall and the Lady Tigers leap to 15-2 on the season. North Allegheny will visit McDowell on Thursday night.
The North Allegheny water polo teams continued their winning ways on Thursday night with a visit to Erie to face Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria. The NA Boys rolled the Ramblers, 20-5, while the Lady Tigers vanquished Villa Maria, 17-10.
In game one of the twin bill, the NA Girls led 9-7 at the half before blowing open the game with a big third quarter. The Lady Tigers outscored their foe, 5-0, in the third period en route to the victory. Senior Anna Kegel surpassed the century mark in scoring with a team-best six goals, increasing her season total to 101 on the campaign. Senior Emma Donnelly and junior Rebecca Melanson each notched a hat trick. Senior Natalie Marquiss delivered two goals, while senior Jamie Palone and freshman Lily Tang chipped in with one goal apiece. In net, sophomore Izzie Trunzo picked up the victory with eight saves.
The NA Boys won handily in their contest with Cathedral Prep and took control with a strong second period. Leading 3-2 after one, the Tigers outscored the Ramblers, 6-1, in the second stanza. Junior captain Keller Sens paced the offense with six goals, followed by fellow juniors Ben Gavran and Sean McClellan with five goals each. It was another fine all-around night for McClellan, who added a team-best six assists and six steals. Also touching the scoresheet were Asher Jones with a hat trick and Camden Wright with a solo marker. In between the pipes, junior goalie Eliot Maravich made 11 saves to earn the win.
Following Thursday night’s action, the NA Boys jump to 13-2 overall and the Lady Tigers improve to 14-2. Both teams have the weekend off before returning home on Tuesday night for a home rematch with Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria. Both varsity contests will be broadcasts live by the North Allegheny Sports Network, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The North Allegheny water polo team played host to the McDowell Trojans on Tuesday night at NASH and came away with a pair of victories. The Lady Tigers started the evening with a 13-6 win and the NA Boys won the nightcap, 17-9.
In the opener, the NA Girls took an immediate 1-0 lead when junior Rebecca Melanson scored 53 seconds into the game. To their credit, the Trojans hung tough with the Tigers in the early going and tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Stella Beilharz with 1:47 to go in the opening stanza.
North Allegheny took control of the game in the second quarter and grabbed the lead on a marker by senior Sharon Li for a 2-1 advantage. Senior captain Anna Kegel netted three straight goals before the end of the period to give North Allegheny a 5-1 lead at intermission. Kegel finished the night with six goals, giving her a team-best 95 on the season, and earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
The second half became a track meet, favoring the skillful Tigers, and North Allegheny pulled away in the final 14 minutes for a 13-6 triumph. Melanson finished with a hat trick, two assists and two steals. Senior Natalie Marquiss netted a pair of goals to go along with two assists and two steals. Senior Emma Donnelly checked in with one goal and sophomore goalie Izzie Trunzo made 16 saves to earn the victory.
In two previous matchups with McDowell, the NA Boys used a strong first half to trounce the Trojans. In similar fashion on Tuesday night, the Tigers were once again bolstered by a quick start as junior Sean McClellan scored three times in the first 3:12 for an immediate 3-0 lead. Following a goal by McDowell’s Owen Hardner, the Tigers’ Jonathan Mowry scored his first of four goals to give NA a 4-1 lead after one quarter.
Despite two goals from Hardner in the second quarter, the Tigers continued to pull away with two more goals from McClellan, two from junior Ben Gavran and another by Mowry for a 9-3 lead by halftime. McClellan totaled six goals on the night, giving him a team-leading 65 on the campaign, on his way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
The Tigers cruised in the second half en route to the 17-9 win. Along with big nights from McClellan, Mowry and Gavran, junior Asher Jones posted a hat trick with three consecutive goals in the third quarter. Other goal scorers included Justin Morrison and Anthony Hollo in the second half. For the Trojans, Hardner scored eight of McDowell’s nine goals.
With the victories, the NA Boys improve to 12-2 overall and the Lady Tigers jump to 13- 2 on the season. The North Allegheny water polo team visits Cathedral Prep on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
The North Allegheny water polo team traveled east this weekend for the annual Beast of the East Tournament with the NA Boys and Girls teams each coming away with a 3-1 finish. Out of the 32 boys and girls teams that competed at the Beast of the East, both NA teams finished in the top six. The two-day tournament was held at Central York High School on Friday and Wilson High School on Saturday.
The NA Boys splashed their way to an easy victory in the opener on Friday night with a 29-8 triumph over Upper Perkiomen. Eleven different Tigers scored goals in the victory, led by junior Sean McClellan and sophomore Camden Wright, who scored six and five goals, respectively. Junior Nico Jacobs-Alarcon posted four goals, while Keller Sens, Asher Jones and Anthony Hollo each notched a hat trick. Also touching the scoresheet with one goal apiece were Jonathan Mowry, Yi-Fei Zhao, Caden Currykosky, Sreeker Kakumani and Anthony Spino. Goalies Eliot Maravich and Ben Pizov split time in net, combining for 11 saves. Pizov made seven stops in the fourth quarter.
Friday’s night cap resulted in another landslide victory as the Tigers ran roughshod over Calvert Hall, 19-1. McClellan provided an outstanding all-around effort, with five goals and a team-leading six assists and four steals. His five goals were tied for the team lead with Jones, who also tallied five. Wright checked in with four goals, while Sens, Jacobs-Alarcon, Justin Morrison, Ethan Berty and Ben Gavran all scored one goal each. Maravich provided 11 saves in net.
Saturday began with an afternoon affair with North Penn. Hoping to atone for their only loss of the season sustained last week, the Tigers fought hard and were tied 5-5 at the half, but North Penn once again narrowly prevailed, 9-8. McClellan and Gavran each posted a hat trick and Sens added two goals. Maravich corralled five saves.
The NA Boys bounced back in the finale with a 13-11 win over Haverford. Involved in another tightly contested affair, the game was tied 9-9 after three quarters before NA outscored Haverford, 4-2, in the final stanza. McClellan led the way with five goals, five assists and three steals. Sens and Jones each tallied a hat trick, while Berty and Gavran chipped in with single goals as well. Maravich reeled in eight saves to earn the victory.
The Lady Tigers also put their prolific offense on display at the Beast of the East Tournament, beginning with an 18-6 triumph over Upper Perkiomen on Friday evening. Junior Rebecca Melanson dazzled in the opener with a team-leading five goals, five assists and two steals. Senior captains Anna Kegel and Emma Donnelly tickled the back of the net often with four and three goals, respectively. Scoring one goal apiece were Sharon Li, Ashley Sturtz, Jamie Palone, Elizabeth Vales, Mikayla Tieppo and Kaylee Dean in the rout of Upper Perkiomen. Sophomore goalie Izzie Trunzo notched 10 saves for the win.
In game two, the NA Girls flexed their offensive muscle again with a 19-6 victory against Penn Charter. Kegel torched Penn Charter for nine goals, followed by Melanson with eight, five assists and 10 steals. Donnelly added two goals and Trunzo collected nine saves in net.
On Saturday, the Lady Tigers began the morning with a 13-8 triumph over Wissahickon. Kegel paced the offense with five goals and Melanson finished with a hat trick. Both Kegel and Melanson notched a team-high three steals. Other goal scorers included Natalie Marquiss and Palone with two goals each, and Tieppo chipped in with a goal. Trunzo made nine saves to preserve the victory.
In the tournament finale, North Allegheny fell to Cumberland Valley, 16-12. The Tigers only two losses on the season have both come to the Eagles, but Saturday’s contest was much closer as Cumberland Valley used a strong third quarter to prevail. Melanson led the NA charge with six goals, followed by Kegel with four goals and one each from Donnelly and Tieppo. Trunzo made eight stops in net.
For the campaign, the NA Boys improve to 11-2 overall and the Lady Tigers jump to 12-2 on the season. The water polo team will host McDowell on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.