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2022-2023 Game Summaries

Lady Tigers Take 6th At States

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The North Allegheny girls’ water polo capped the 2022 season over the weekend with a sixth-place finish at the Pennsylvania State Championship Tournament at North Penn High School.

The Lady Tigers opened the tournament on Friday night against Wilson and dropped an 11-6 decision. The Tigers hung tough with the eventual state champions and trailed only 5-3 at the half before the Bulldogs pulled away with three consecutive goals in the third period. NA was led by senior Becca Melanson, who tallied a team-leading five goals and five steals. Senior Mikayla Tieppo also scored for the Tigers in the loss. In net, junior goalie Izzie Trunzo made 13 saves.

North Allegheny bounced back on Saturday morning with a thrilling 15-13 come-from-behind victory against Upper Dublin. Facing a team that NA had lost to 14-5 earlier in the season, the Tigers rallied from a 5-1 deficit to earn the win. Melanson paced the team with seven goals, six steals and five assists. Junior Carissa Jones added to the NA firepower with five goals, while Tieppo, Katyusha Peregoncev and Payton Donnelly all netted one goal apiece. Trunzo made nine stops for the victory.

In the fifth-place consolation match, North Allegheny fell to Muhlenburg, 13-6. Melanson was excluded with her third foul by the beginning of the second quarter and left the game with two goals and three steals. Undaunted, the Lady Tigers remained determined throughout the contest, foreshadowing their bright future for next season. Jones posted a hat trick and three steals and Peregoncev also scored for NA. Trunzo hauled in 10 saves in the finale.

Several Tigers were honored for their outstanding performances throughout the season. Melanson was named first-team all-state and the Miss Pennsylvania Water Polo for 2022. Trunzo garnered second-team all-state recognition, while freshman Mikaela Dassanaike was tabbed the Rookie of the Year in PA. Dassanaike and Bella Spino were both selected to the All-Freshman Team.

The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team finished another successful season with a 12-9 record to go along with its sixth place showing at states. Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff for a memorable season.

NA Boys Garner Third Place At State Tournament

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The North Allegheny boys’ water polo team took part in the state championship tournament this weekend at Wilson High School and came away with a third-place trophy. It’s the best finish for the NA Boys since taking third place in 2018.

The Tigers opened the tournament on Friday night and wrangled the Governor Mifflin Mustangs with a 20-9 blowout victory. NA jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Senor Sean McClellan spearheaded the domination of Governor Mifflin with an astonishing 13-goal performance and also led the team with four steals. Senior Ben Gavran added a hat trick, while senior Keller Sens tallied a pair of goals. Senior Asher Jones and junior Camden Wright chipped in with one goal apiece. Goalie Eliot Maravich reeled in 11 saves, including six in the fourth quarter.

Against the Wilson Bulldogs, the Tigers went toe-to-toe with the eventual state champions and dropped a narrow 12-10 decision. McClellan netted a team-high five goals and led the defense with five steals. Sens tallied a hat trick and added five steals as well, while Gavran posted a pair of goals. In net, Maravich collected 10 saves, including eight in the second half.

In the third-place consolation game, North Allegheny leaped to an 11-6 lead at the half and rolled to a 19-13 triumph over the Wissahickon Trojans. McClellan once again led the way with eight goals, four assists and four steals. With 28 goals in the three state tournament games, McClellan surpassed the century mark on the season in goals and finished with 102 markers for the 2022 campaign.

In addition to McClellan’s big game, Gavran also torched the Trojans with eight goals, four steals and two assists. Jones, Sens and senior Nico Jacobs-Alarcon each scored one goal in the victory. Sens paced the defense with six steals and added two assists. Maravich made 10 saves to earn the victory.

Several Tigers were named to the All-State team for their performances throughout the 2022 season. McClellan and Sens both earned first-team all-state honors. Second-team picks included Jones and Maravich, while Gavran and senior Justin Morrison were both named to the third-team all-state squad. Garnering recognition to the All-Freshman Team were Mason Shantz, Mike Stefanko and Matthew Woods.

In addition to taking third place in the state, the 2022 Tigers also won the Western Conference, North Division title and finished the year with an 18-4 record. Congratulations to the entire North Allegheny boys’ water polo team and coaching staff for a memorable season.

The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team will take part in the Girls State Championship tournament next weekend.

NA Concludes Erie Challenge Ahead Of State Championships

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The North Allegheny water polo team finished up the second part of the Erie Challenge on Saturday Cathedral Prep’s Hagerty Family Events Center. The NA boys went 1-2 at the tournament and the Lady Tigers were 0-2.

Playing without the services of their top scorer, Rebecca Melanson, who was in California to train with the U.S. Junior National Team, the Lady Tigers more than held their own and were led by junior Carissa Jones. In game one, Jones scored both of NA’s goals in a 9-2 loss to North Penn. In the tournament finale, Jones netted four of NA’s five goals in a 13-5 defeat to Wilson. Junior Amelia Weaver tallied the other marker in the loss to the Bulldogs. In net, junior goalie Izzie Trunzo made a combined 15 saves in the two games.

The NA boys’ lone win on Saturday came against the LaSalle College Explorers, 10-6. Seniors Sean McClellan and Keller Sens led the way with a hat trick each. Junior Camden Wright netted a pair of goals, while senior Asher Jones and Ben Gavran tallied one marker each. Senior Asher Jones paced the defense with three steals and senior goalie Eliot Maravich reeled in 12 saves in the victory.

In a defensive struggle, the Tigers dropped a 6-4 decision to North Penn and lost a heartbreaker to Wilson, 11-10. Against North Penn, Sens, Wright, McClellan and Jones all scored goals. In the narrow defeat to Wilson, Jones led with a hat trick and Gavran tallied a pair of goals. Also touching the scoresheet with goals were Jonathan Mowry, Justin Morrison, Nico Jacobs-Alarcon and McClellan. Maravich made a combined 11 saves in the two defeats.

The NA Boys now sit at 16-3 on the season and will compete at the Boys State Championship tournament on Oct. 28-29. The Lady Tigers dip to 11-7 on the campaign and will compete in the Girls State Championship on Nov. 4-5.

NA Holds its own at First Part of Erie Challenge

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The North Allegheny water polo teams spent Saturday at Erie Cathedral Prep in the first part of the Erie Challenge. The NA Boys went 2-0 at the invitational, while the Lady Tigers split their two games.

The NA Boys opened the tournament with a morning 16-4 victory over Pennridge, The Tigers exploding out of the gates scoring 10 of their 16 goals in the first quarter. 10 different players scored goals, including Sean McClellan and Ben Gavran who each had three goals. Sreeker Kakumani and Colton McCartney both scored twice. Justin Morrison, Yi-Fei Zhao, Camden Wright, Anthony Hollow and Nico Jacobs-Alarcon all scored as well. Jonathan Mowry had four steals and goalie Eliot Maravich made seven saves.

The Tigers capped the first part of the Erie Challenge with 19-11 triumph over Wissahoickon. McClellan paced the team with six goals and three steals. Keller Sens notched five goals, Asher Jones had four goals. Gavran had another three goals and Jacobs-Alarcon added another goal. Maravich made eight saves to help secure the win.

The Lady Tigers started off by beating Pennridge 11-10 in a very exciting game. Freshman Bella Spino found fellow freshman Mikaela Dassanaike who scored with 15 seconds left to secure the win for North Allegheny. Rebecca Melanson had four goals and four steals in the game. Carisa Jones and Dassanaike each had two goals and Spino, Katyusha Peregoncev and Lily Tang all added goals. In between the pipes, junior goalie Izzie Trunzo made 13 saves including four in the fourth quarter.

The NA Girls finished the first part of the Erie Challenge falling to Wisshoickon 15-6. Spino had two goals, Dassanaike, Tori Tieppo, Jones and Peregoncev all had goals as well. Trunzo made 11 saves.

Following the first part of the Erie Challenge, the NA Boys improve to 15-1 on the season and the Lady Tigers sit at 11-5. Both teams will take the week off and return to Erie for the second part of the Erie Challenge on October 15.

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.