Boys Junior Varsity Water Polo, Boys Varsity Water Polo · Skyline’s boys varsity water polo takes win against Saline

Skyline’s Eagles started a big week of games on Monday, September 18, with a lopsided win over Saline for varsity and a tough loss for junior varsity.

Varsity started the night of competition at home with a first quarter that was dominated by standout Matteo Procoppe and his 5 goals. The lineup of starters kept up their pressure throughout, getting the ball up the pool toward the net repeatedly – where Procoppe waited to make his magic. The quarter ended 8-0, with Wilson Noll, Patrick Dempsey and Shane MacNeil filling out of the scoresheet.

The full roster took turns in the water during the rest of the game, including JV players Ben Keith and Derek Mrachko. Their JV teammate Atticus Dewey joined them, even pressuring Saline on a steal. Goals came again in the second from Noll and Procoppe, then in the third by MacNeil, Noll and Nick Pachera. Fourth-quarter goals came from Ethan Procoppe and senior co-captain Liam Keating. Defenders Keegan Gardner, Alex Eisman and Josh Smith helped to hold Saline scoreless for much of the game – as did goalie Mason Hickman. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the final score for was 15-3.

Junior varsity took to the pool next, facing an aggressive Saline squad. The lineup met the pressure from Saline head-on throughout all four quarters, exchanging goals and turnovers. By the fourth quarter, Saline took a cluster of penalties, but the team – getting loud encouragement from the stands by their varsity teammates – was turned back on many of their goal quests by Saline despite some intense set offense from Dewey and Thor Clarke. Noah Boucher scored four goals in the second half, bringing his game total to six. Other scores came from Dewey (2), Max Barry (2), John Evangelista and Keith. The final score: 13-11, which is the first loss of the season for Skyline’s JV team.

The next game is Tuesday, September 19, in Dexter. Varsity plays at 6 p.m., followed by JV. Varsity, ranked 2nd in the state, ends the week at Ann Arbor Huron with a district seed tournament. Games are at 9:15 v. Chelsea; 1:00 v. Walled Lake; and 6:00 v. Huron (ranked 6th in the state).