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Boys Lacrosse: 2015 North Season Preview

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North Allegheny High served notice in its first three games that it will be a difficult challenge for opponents this season. Coach John Rullan's Tigers earned a thrilling 12-11 overtime victory over Mt. Lebanon on Monday night following a 15-4 season-opening victory over Central Catholic. Kyle Rullan, son of coach John Rullan, tied the game in the fourth quarter and then scored the game-winner with 53 seconds left in overtime. The Tigers overcame a three-goal deficit against the Blue Devils, and the victory snapped a seven-game losing streak against Mt. Lebanon. The loss to the Tigers was the season-opener for Mt. Lebanon.

North Allegheny then won its third game in as many starts with a 9-3 victory over host Seneca Valley in the Tigers' section opener.

The Tigers are in the same section -- Section 2 -- with defending WPIAL champion Shady Side Academy, Seneca Valley, Fox Chapel, Pine-Richland, Franklin Regional and Butler.

Shady Side began its season with a dominating 14-2 victory at section rival Butler. They lost to Peters Township 8-6 this past Thursday, and they hosted Glenbrook, Ill., North on Saturday. A big measuring stick takes place on Tuesday when the Indians visit non-section rival Mt. Lebanon. The Indians defeated the Blue Devils 7-2 in the WPIAL championship game on May 23 at Highmark Stadium. Eight days later, though, the Blue Devils got the last laugh with a 7-6 PIAA second-round victory over the Indians at Moon.

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Boys Lacrosse: 2015 North Players to Watch

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Sewickley Academy
Pat Bowles, Sr., Defense
Adam Weir, Sr., Attack
Chris Cercone, Sr., Midfield
Tom Mulholland, Sr., Long Stick Midfield
Ryder MacDougall, Jr., Midfield
Ben Mulholland, Soph., Attack
Josh Thomas, Jr., Midfield
Ted McClain, Soph. Defense

Fox Chapel
Tucker Root, Jr., Attack
Levi McCrady- Jr., Midfield
Chris Gibbons- Sr., Defense
Dave Schaffner, Sr., Defense

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Girls Lacrosse: 2015 North Season Preview

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To say that Nellie Kraus is optimistic about her 2015 Quaker Valley High girls lacrosse team this season would be an understatement.

"We have all but two starters coming back, so we should be very strong and hope to make it farther in (the PIAA tournament) and win the WPIAL," Kraus said.

The Quakers finished with a 19-2 record a year ago. The same team -- WPIAL champion Mt. Lebanon -- handed the Quakers their only defeats last season. The first setback came in the WPIAL championship, 9-7, at Highmark Stadium on May 22. Nine days later, the teams met again in a second-round PIAA game where the Blue Devils again prevailed, 12-8.

Seven seniors returned for Quaker Valley. They include Liberty University recruits Kayla Foster and Aubrie Tarris and John Carroll University recruit Annie Henry.

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Girls Lacrosse: 2015 North Players to Watch

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Pine-Richland
Maddie Collins, Sr., Midfield

Sewickley Academy
Kayla Guerin
Grace Guerin

Seneca Valley
Hannah Kendrick, Sr., Midfield

North Allegheny
Gina Sirianni, Sr., Midfield
Carly Hopkin, Jr., Defense
Katie Shideler, Soph., Goalie
Maddie Birmingham, Jr., Defense
Abby Smith, Jr., Defense