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2022-2023 Game Summaries

Tigers Roll Ramblers, Rebecca Melanson Surpasses 300-Goal Milestone

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The North Allegheny water polo teams played in their final home games of the 2022 season and earned a sweep over Western Conference foe, Cathedral Prep, on Tuesday night. The NA Boys remained unbeaten in conference play with a convincing 17-9 win, while the Lady Tigers rolled the Ramblers by an 11-4 decision.

The evening started with the girls’ contest and Cathedral Prep devoted a defensive double team to guard UCLA commit, Rebecca Melanson. While the double team kept Melanson off the board in the first quarter, it didn’t stop the Tigers as Melanson facilitated the ball to freshman Tori Tieppo for two goals in the opening stanza for a 2-0 lead.

Rebecca Melanson celebrates her 300th career goal with her teammates.

In the second quarter, North Allegheny blew the game wide open with four unanswered goals. Freshman Mikaela Dassanaike scored her fourth goal of the season with 4:48 to play in the half for a 3-0 lead. That set the stage for Melanson, who scored her 300th career goal and 95th of the season, to increase the Tigers lead to 4-0 with 2:14 remaining in the half. Melanson scored again with 35 seconds remaining before intermission and assisted on a goal by freshman Bella Spino with just two seconds left, and NA held a 6-0 lead at the half.

Cathedral Prep traded goals with North Allegheny in the second half and couldn’t inch back into the game, ultimately falling to the Tigers, 11-4. Melanson finished with five goals on the night, giving her 304 for her career, and a team-high six assists. Juniors Carissa Jones and Katyusha Peregoncev also tallied markers for the Tigers in the blowout. In net, junior goalie Izzie Trunzo turned in eight saves to earn the victory. For Cathedral Prep, senior Emily Consiglio led the Ramblers with two goals.

Coming off an impressive performance at the Beast of the East Tournament, the NA Boys continued to ride a wave of momentum into their contest with Cathedral Prep. The Ramblers battled hard in the early going and trailed only 3-2 with 1:49 left in the first period thanks to a pair of Mitchell Bradford goals. However, the Tigers overwhelmed the Ramblers by scoring eight of the next nine goals and took an 11-3 lead into halftime. NA stretched the lead to 15-4 by the early stages of the fourth quarter before calling off the dogs in the final period.

Despite playing without two starters, the Tigers didn’t miss a beat and were led by seniors Sean McClellan and Asher Jones with five and four goals, respectively. Junior Jonathan Mowry and senior Nico Jacobs-Alarcon netted two goals apiece. Also touching the scoresheet were Justin Morrison, Camden Wright, Anthony Hollo and Caden Currykosky with one marker each. Goalie Eliot Maravich played the first three period and into the early stages of the fourth before freshman Michael Stefanko closed out the win in the waning minutes. For Cathedral Prep, Bradford totaled a hat trick and Callum Snider-Mills finished with a team-high four goals.

Melanson and McClellan earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors in their respective contests.

Following Tuesday night’s results, the NA boys’ team improves to 13-1 overall and 11-0 in the Western Conference, while the Lady Tigers improve to 10-4 overall and 9-2 in conference play. The Tigers will participate in part one of the Erie Challenge this Saturday at Cathedral Prep.

Tigers Take Part In Beast Of The East Tournament

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The North Allegheny water polo teams spent the weekend at Governor Mifflin (Friday) and Wilson (Saturday) High Schools for the annual Beast of the East Tournament. The NA Boys went 3-1 at the invitational, while the Lady Tigers were 2-2 in their four games.

The NA Boys opened the tournament on Friday evening with a 9-6 victory over Pingry, a private school from New Jersey. The Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 advantage in the first quarter and led throughout. Eight different players scored goals, including Sean McClellan with a pair. Also touching the scoresheet were Keller Sens, Jonathan Mowry, Camden Wright, Andy Georgiev, Asher Jones, Ben Gavran and Caden Currykosky. Wright led the defense with three steals and goalie Michael Stefanko made seven saves.

The Tigers capped the opening night with a 13-5 triumph over Governor Mifflin. McClellan paced the team with six goals, six steals and two assists. Gavran notched a hat trick, while Jones and Sens added two goals apiece. Eliot Maravich made 13 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter, to help secure the win.

On Saturday, the NA Boys began the day with a tough test against Brunswick, a private school in Connecticut. Brunswick boasts four national team players and finished in the top three at the Junior Olympics over the summer. The Tigers went toe-to-toe with Brunswick but ultimately dropped a 17-10 decision, despite a five-goal effort from Sens. Nico Jacobs-Alarcon notched a hat trick and McClellan netted a pair of goals in the loss. Maravich made 10 saves in net. The loss to Brunswick is the only defeat on the year for the NA Boys.

In the finale, the Tigers bounced back with a 15-8 win against LaSalle College High School. McCLellan paced the offense with seven goals and Gavran tallied five markers. Sens, Wright and Jones also scored for the Tigers. Maravich reeled in 11 saves to earn the win.

The Lady Tigers started off by vanquishing Pingry, 13-4. NA pounced on Pingry for a 10-2 lead by halftime and coasted in the second half. In a well-balanced effort, Rebecca Melanson led the team with four goals, four assists and four steals. Carissa Jones posted a hat trick and Katyusha Peregoncev netted a pair of markers. Ava Sharrar, Tori Tieppo, Amelia Weaver and Lily Tang also scored for NA. In between the pipes, junior goalie Izzie Trunzo made eight saves.

The NA Girls finished day one of the tournament with another impressive win, defeating Governor Mifflin by an 11-5 decision. Melanson dominated the action with an eight-goal effort and Jones added a hat trick and a team-high four steals. Trunzo made nine stops in net to secure the win.

After earning a pair of wins on Friday, the Lady Tigers fell in their two matchups on Saturday, 14-5, to Pennridge and, 14-5, to Upper Dublin. Against Pennridge, Melanson scored three goals with one each by Peregoncev and Bella Spino. In the loss to Upper Dublin, Melanson netted four goals and Mikaela Dassanaike scored the other. Trunzo made a combined 17 saves in the two Saturday contests.

Following the Beast of the East Tournament, the NA Boys improve to 12-1 on the season and the Lady Tigers sit at 9-4. Both teams are at home on Tuesday night against Cathedral Prep/Prep Girls. The contests will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

NA Sweeps McDowell For Road Wins

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The North Allegheny water polo team paid a visit to the McDowell Trojans on Tuesday night and earned a pair of victories. The NA Boys remained unbeaten with an 11-6 victory and the Lady Tigers claimed a 12-8 triumph over the Trojans.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and 8-2 lead by halftime. The Trojans attempted to rally in the second half but the NA mountain was too high to climb thanks in part to a nine-goal effort from senior Rebecca Melanson. Junior Carissa Jones netted a pair of goals and junior Amelia Weaver added a marker in the win. Defensively, Jones led with four steals and junior Katyusha Peregoncev contributed a pair of thefts. Melanson, Weaver and Makaya Tieppo all swiped one steal each. In net, junior goalie Izzie Trunzo made 11 saves to secure the win.

The NA Boys rolled over McDowell in the first quarter of their game with a 7-1 lead. The Tigers cruised from that point on with senior Ben Gavran scoring four goals and junior Camden Wright posting a hat trick. Seniors Keller Sens, Asher Jones and Nico Jacobs-Alarcon scored one goal apiece. Senior goalie Eliot Maravich played the first three periods and made nine saves. Freshman Michael Stefanko stepped in between the pipes in the fourth quarter and corralled a pair of saves. On defense, senior Sean McClellan and junior Jonathan Mowry posted two steals each. McClellan added a team-best three assists.

Following Tuesday night’s action, the NA Boys are now 9-0 on the season and the Lady Tigers improve to 7-2 overall. North Allegheny prepares next for the Beast of the East Tournament at Governor Mifflin High School this weekend.

Strong Showing by NA at Screamin’ Eagle Tournament

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The North Allegheny water polo teams traveled to Cumberland Valley over the weekend for the annual Screamin’ Eagle Tournament. The NA Boys went a perfect 4-0 at the tournament, while the Lady Tigers finished 2-2 in their four games.

The NA Boys opened the tournament on Friday with a 15-4 victory over Mechanicsburg. The Tigers led 15-0 by halftime and were paced by a four-goal performance from senior Sean McClellan and a three-goal outing by junior Anthony Hollo. Senior Ben Gavran netted a pair of goals, while Nico Jacobs-Alarcon, Sreeker Kakumani, Asher Jones, Grante Regule and Justin Morrison all tallied one goal apiece. In between the pipes, goalies Eliot Maravich and Michael Stefanko split time and combined for 12 saves.

Following the win over Mechanicsburg, the Tigers capped the first day of the invitational with an 11-7 triumph over rival Wilson. Senior Keller Sens and McClellan each netted four goals to spearhead the attack. McClellan and Gavran each reeled in four steals on defense. Jones tallied two markers and Gavran also scored in the victory. Maravich totaled 10 saves to earn the victory in net.

After dispatching Wilson, the NA Boys rolled through their Saturday opponents with a 23-8 win over Muhlenberg and a 21-2 victory against host Cumberland Valley. Highlighting the win over Muhlenberg was an astonishing eight-goal day from Sens, a six-goal performance from McClellan and a hat trick by Jones. Senior Yi-Fei Zhao and Jonathan Mowry score two goals apiece, while Gavran, Jacobs-Alarcon and sophomore Caden Currykosky all tallied one goal each. Maravich and Stefanko combined for 12 saves.

The triumph over CV was sparked by four-goal efforts from Sens and Jones. Regule, McClellan, and junior Camden Wright each notched a hat trick. Gavran netted a pair of goals, and Jacobs-Alarcon and freshman Matt Woods also touched the back of the net with markers. The goalie duo of Maravich and Stefanko made 13 stops in the blowout.

The Lady Tigers started the tournament on Friday with an impressive win over Mechanicsburg, 18-7. Senior Rebecca Melanson and sophomore Ava Sharrar paced the offense with four goals each. Junior Carissa Jones posted a hat trick, while sisters Tori and Makayla Tieppo scored two goals each. Freshman Mikaela Dassanaike, junior Katyusha Peregoncev and junior Amelia Weaver also contributed to the win with goals. Junior goalie Izzie Trunzo made 13 saves in net.

Despite a combined 19 goals in the next two games by Melanson, the NA Girls fell to Wilson, 12-9, and dropped a 20-12 decision to Muhlenburg. Freshman Bella Spino scored NA’s other goal in the defeat to Muhlenberg. The Lady Tigers bounced back in the tournament finale with a 14-6 victory against host Cumberland Valley. Leading 9-6 after three quarters, the Tigers put the Eagles away by scoring five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter. Melanson again powered the offense with 11 goals and added a team-high six steals on defense. Jones chipped in with two goals and Dassanaike added a marker. Trunzo totaled eight saves to earn the victory.

The North Allegheny Boys improve to 8-0 on the season and the Lady Tigers sit at 6-2 on the campaign. The Tigers will visit McDowell on Tuesday for a head-to-head matchup with the Trojans.


NA Sweeps Tiger Classic

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North Allegheny played host to the annual Tiger Classic on Saturday and both NA teams went a perfect 2-0. The NA Boys rolled through their opponents, defeating Governor Mifflin, 24-7, and Cumberland Valley, 20-6. The Lady Tigers topped Governor Mifflin, 10-5, and Cumberland Valley, 11-1.

In the first game for the NA Boys, senior Sean McClellan netted a game-high 10 goals, five assists and five steals to lead the Tigers to a 24-7 win over Governor Mifflin. Senior Keller Sens was also a force to be reckoned with, tallying six goals and four steals. Senior Asher Jones notched a hat trick and a pair of steals, while senior Ben Gavran totaled two goals and four steals. Other NA goal scorers included junior Camden Wright and senior Nico Jacobs-Alarcon. Senior goalie Eliot Maravich made seven saves and freshman Michael Stefanko added a pair of saves in the fourth quarter.

The NA Boys were equally as impressive in their 20-6 victory against CV. The prolific scoring of Sens and McClellan was once again on display with seven and six goals, respectively. McClellan added a team-best five assists. Jones posted four goals with a team-high six steals on defense. Gavran netted a pair of goals and Wright chipped in with another. In net, Maravich made two saves and Stefanko reeled in three saves in the fourth.

The Lady Tigers opened the tournament with a 10-5 triumph over Governor Mifflin and did so thanks to a nine-goal and four steal performance from senior Rebecca Melanson. Junior Katyusha Peregoncev also scored in the victory and added three steals. Junior Carissa Jones helped facilitate the attack with two assists and contributed three steals on defense. In net, junior Izzie Trunzo had another outstanding effort with 15 saves.

Against Cumberland Valley, the NA Girls jumped out to a 6-1 lead at the half and cruised to an 11-1 victory. Melanson scored all 11 goals for the Tigers and Jones posted a team-best four assists and three steals. Trunzo made eight stops and chipped in with two assists.

Both North Allegheny teams improve to 4-0 on the season following their victories at the Tiger Classic.  Up next is the Screamin’ Eagle Tournament on Sept. 16-17.