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2020-2021 Game Summaries

NA Wraps Up Season, 13 Tigers Named All-Conference

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The North Allegheny water polo team wrapped up a successful 2020 season on Saturday at the End of Season Tournament at Wilson High School. The NA Boys dropped a 14-11 decision to Cumberland Valley, while the Lady Tigers fell to the Eagles 13-7 in their contest.

The North Allegheny boys’ team held a 7-5 lead at the half but Cumberland Valley rallied in the second half on the strength of a seven-goal third quarter. The Tigers were powered by sophomore Sean McClellan with a team-high six goals and six steals, and senior David Lomakin who contributed a five-goal performance. Sophomore Keller Sens paced the team in assists with three helpers. In net, sophomore Eliot Maravich played the first three quarters and hauled in 10 saves. Sophomore Justin Morrison played the final stanza and made three saves.

Also facing Cumberland Valley at the End of Season Tournament, the North Allegheny girls’ team fell behind 8-3 at the half and couldn’t make up enough ground in the second half in a 13-7 defeat. Junior Anna Kegel, sophomore Rebecca Melanson and senior Emma Halle all netted two goals each for the Tigers. Junior Emma Donnelly chipped in with one goal offensively. On defense, Kegel paced the team with four steals, followed by Melanson with three thefts. Junior goalie Hannah Ziegler collected 12 saves and a steal.

At the season’s conclusion, the Pennsylvania Water Polo League handed out its postseason awards for 2020 and numerous NA players were honored. For the NA boys, David Lomakin, Sean McClellan and Eliot Maravich all received first-team All-Western Conference recognition. Earning second-team laurels were Tyler Tieppo, Ethan Berty, Asher Jones and Justin Morrison. For a complete list of the men’s all-conference award winners, click here.

For the Lady Tigers, Rebecca Melanson, Emma Halle, Hannah Ziegler and Anna Kegel were first-team All-Western Conference honorees. Emma Donnelly and Marissa Dorman both received second-team recognition. For a complete list of the women’s all-conference teams, click here.

The North Allegheny boys’ conclude the 2020 season with a 10-3 record, while the Lady Tigers finish the year with a 9-5 mark. Congratulations to both teams for winning Western Conference titles and having a memorable and successful season.

NA Water Polo Crowned Western Conference Champs

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The North Allegheny water polo team completed the Western Conference Round Robin on Saturday with a pair of wins against McDowell and the NA Boys and Girls were crowned Western Conference champions.

The NA Boys opened the action on Saturday with a 12-8 triumph over the Trojans. Trailing 6-5 at the half, NA exploded in the third quarter for six goals en route to the victory. Senior captain David Lomakin led the offensive outburst with six goals and sophomore Keller Sens added a hat trick. Senior Tyler Tieppo, junior Ethan Berty and sophomore Ben Gavran also scored goals in the win. Sophomore Sean McClellan tallied a team-high four assists and three steals. In net, Eliot Maravich made 12 saves to earn the victory.

The Lady Tigers used a staunch defense to shut down McDowell for a 9-5 win. Junior goalie Hannah Ziegler built a near impenetrable wall with 17 saves on the afternoon. Marissa Dorman, Natalie Marquiss, Emma Donnelly, Rebecca Melanson and Emma Halle all had steals defensively. On offense, Halle led the way with a team-high four goals, followed by Melanson with finished with a hat trick. Dorman and Anna Kegel chipped in with goals as well.

The NA Boys jump to 10-2 on the season and the Lady Tigers improves to 9-4. The Western Conference champs will compete next on Saturday at an “End of Season Tournament” hosted by Wilson High School. The officially sanctioned State Championship will not be held this year by the PA Water Polo Commission but four teams will still compete at the “End of Season Tournament” on Saturday to decide state supremacy.

NA Opens Western Conference Round Robin With Pair of Wins

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The North Allegheny water polo team opened the Western Conference Round Robin on Tuesday night at Cathedral Prep’s Hagerty Family Events Center and both squads came away victorious. The NA girls earned a 14-12 win in double overtime over Villa Maria and the NA boys topped Cathedral Prep, 13-7.

The Lady Tigers’ matchup with Villa Maria was the third to go to overtime this season, with NA winning the rubber match in such contests, 14-12. Spearheading the offense was sophomore Rebecca Melanson with a six-goal, two-assist performance. Senior Emma Halle and junior Anna Kegel each tallied a hat trick, while senior Marissa Dorman netted a pair of goals and junior Emma Donnelly added one as well. Halle also posted a team-high two steals on defense. In net, junior goalie Hannah Ziegler made seven saves, including three in the fourth quarter and overtime.

On the strength of a big second half, the NA boys rolled to a 13-7 win over Cathedral Prep. Holding just a one-goal lead at halftime, the Tigers erupted for eight goals in the second half and outscored the Ramblers, 8-3, over the final two periods. Seniors David Lomakin and Tyler Tieppo paced the offense with four goals each. Sophomore Sean McClellan gave his typical strong all-around performance with a hat trick and a team-high four assists and five steals. Junior Ethan Berty and sophomore Keller Sens also scored goals in the victory. In between the pipes, goalies Eliot Maravich and Justin Morrison combined for eight saves on the night.

With the sweep, the NA Boys leap to 9-2 on the season and the Lady Tigers improve to 8-4 on the year. The Western Conference Round Robin continues on Saturday against McDowell.

NA Displays Offensive Firepower At Wilson

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The North Allegheny water polo teams played in their final tune-up of the regular season on Saturday with a visit to Wilson High School in Reading, PA. The NA Boys split their two meetings, while the Lady Tigers went a perfect 2-0 at the tournament.

The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team was impressive in its two victories. Against host Wilson, the Lady Tigers picked up a 14-10 win on the strength of a seven-goal performance from sophomore Rebecca Melanson. Senior captains Emma Halle and Marissa Dorman added to the offensive showcase with four and two goals, respectively. Junior Emma Donnelly chipped in with a goal and junior Anna Kegel posted a team-high three assists. In net, junior keeper Hannah Ziegler made 14 saves to ensure the win.

The Tigers offensive firepower was even more impressive during a 20-10 blowout of Governor Mifflin. NA jumped out to a 9-2 lead by halftime as the tandem of Melanson and Halle overwhelmed Governor Mifflin. Melanson netted a team-high 10 goals and Halle tallied another six goals. Kegel notched a pair of goals and a team-best seven assists. Dorman and Donnelly scored single goals each. Ziegler corralled 15 saves to earn the victory in net.

The NA Boys opened the weekend against host Wilson and lost a heartbreaker in double overtime, 17-16. Senior captain David Lomakin led the Tigers offense with eight goals, while sophomore Sean McClellan tallied two goals with a team-best five assists and two steals. Senior captain Tyler Tieppo and sophomore Keller Sens scored two goals each to aid the offense. Goalies Eliot Maravich and Justin Morrison split time in net and combined for 11 saves.

The Tigers rebounded in their next contest by claiming a 19-15 triumph over Governor Mifflin. Lomakin put on an offensive clinic with a 12-goal, four-assist performance. Sens and Tieppo netted two goals apiece, while sophomores McClellan, Asher Jones and Ben Gavran scored one goal each. Defensively, McClellan posted a team-leading five steals. Maravich and Morrison secured the win, combining for nine saves.

Following the visit to Wilson, the North Allegheny boys’ team sits at 8-2 on the season and the Lady Tigers improve to 7-4. Both teams are in action on Tuesday night in the Western Conference Round Robin with Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria.

NA Water Polo Sweeps McDowell In Final Home Meet

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The North Allegheny water polo team continued its strong play on the season with a doubleheader sweep of the McDowell Trojans on Tuesday night. The NA Boys began the evening with an 11-8 win and the Lady Tigers earned an 8-5 triumph in the nightcap.

In the opener, the NA Boys held a 5-4 lead at the half and gained control of the contest with a big third quarter. The Tigers outscored the Trojans 4-1 in the period, increasing the advantage to 9-5. The lead grew to 10-5 when sophomore Ben Gavran scored his sixth of the season with 2:51 remaining the fourth quarter, but a late McDowell charge trimmed the NA advantage to 10-8 with 21 seconds to play. Despite the late flurry by the Trojans, North Allegheny put the game on ice on a goal by senior captain David Lomakin with two seconds on the clock to cap an 11-8 victory. Lomakin finished with three goals on the night, increasing his team-leading total to 40 on the season, and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Adding to the NA goal total were junior Ethan Berty, sophomore Keller Sens and senior Tyler Tieppo with two goals apiece. Sophomore Asher Jones also chipped in with a goal, his eighth of the year. Sophomore Sean McClellan set goal with a team-leading three assists and Sens paced the defense with a team-leading three steals. In net, the tandem of Eliot Maravich and Justin Morrison combined for nine saves in the win. McDowell was paced by junior Owen Hardner, who tallied five goals in a losing effort.

Following an overtime loss in sudden death to McDowell on Saturday, the Lady Tigers were eager for a chance at redemption and took a 2-1 lead into halftime thanks to goals from juniors Anna Kegel and Emily Donnelly. At the 3:47 mark of the third quarter, freshman Grace Tirak tied the game at 2-2 with her second of four goals on the night for the Trojans.

However, after a low-scoring first half, North Allegheny opened the floodgates by scoring the next five goals to grab a 7-2 lead by the 6:46 mark of the fourth quarter. The NA run was powered by Donnelly with two more goals for a hat trick, and sophomore Rebecca Melanson with all three of her goals coming during the 5-0 spurt. For her efforts, Melanson was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

McDowell fought back with three goals in a 90 second span in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late as the Tigers hung on for an 8-5 win. Senior captain Emma Halle netted a goal for NA in the final stanza to increase her team-leading total to 34 on the season. Halle, Melanson and Marissa Dorman all hauled in three steals each to pace the defense. Kegel also set up numerous goals with a team-leading four assists on the night. In net, junior Hannah Ziegler earned the win with 12 saves and continued strong play in between the pipes.

With sweep, the North Allegheny boys’ team improves to 7-1 on the season and the Lady Tigers jump to 5-4 on the campaign. NA will visit Wilson for a final tune-up before the Western Conference Round Robin begins next week.