Boys Junior Varsity Water Polo, Boys Varsity Water Polo · Eagles score 16 goals in water polo win against Pioneer


Skyline goalie Mason Hickman makes another save against Pioneer on 9/27/17.
Skyline goalie Mason Hickman makes another save against Pioneer on 9/27/17.

Skyline’s Eagles won the second game in this year’s water polo home-at-home double matchup against crosstown rival Ann Arbor Pioneer.
The varsity team took the game to a 16-4 finish on Tuesday, October 3, at Skyline. That followed a 12-5 win at Pioneer on September 28.
In the latest matchup, the team’s goal-scoring power came out early and often – and it was matched by defensive moves all game. Goalie Mason Hickman made multiple big stops, including one at the end of the second period and what ended up a double save during the third period as the Pioneers crowded the goal and came on strong.
Ethan Procoppe started the scoring, followed by three more in the first, all by senior co-captain Wilson Noll. One goal came from a decisive pass from Patrick Dempsey; another was on a 5-meter penalty shot.
The team started the second period with a 4-2 lead that grew over the 7 minutes of play. Matteo Procoppe beat the goalie on a 5-meter, then nailed another one from five meters out. Two more – one by Keegan Gardner, another by Wilson Noll – extended the lead.
The third period was big for the Eagles, with Hickman and defenders like Alex Eisman holding Pioneer down on many shots. More goals came from Liam Keating, Shane MacNeil, one each for the Procoppe brothers and yet another for Noll.
The team finished the game with the 16-4 win after goals by Spencer Jyawook and Josh Smith, who got the most excited shout-out of the night from the announcer.
The varsity victory followed a tight game for the JV team who battled it out over four periods and took their hope for a win right down to the final second.
Goalie Nicky Boucher played a stellar game, blocking shot after shot – including one from 3 meters that seemed destined to reach the net and another shot while Skyline was short-handed.
Scoring started in the second period, as Noah Boucher landed a goal amid more big saves from his brother and some definitive defense from Jack Theiss.
Goals by Atticus Dewey, Thor Clarke and John Evangelista put the Eagles closer to the win, then a fourth-quarter goal by Noah Boucher dialed up pressure. In the end, the Pioneers took the game, 6.5.
Next up for the Eagles: A two-day home varsity tournament featuring many top state and out-of-state teams. Tournament play starts Friday, Oct. 6, with two games for the Eagles at 5:10 (v St. Charles of Columbus, Ohio) and 7:40 (v Chelsea Piers of Connecticut). Saturday’s games are at 3 p.m. against Rockford, the number-one ranked team in the state, then at 5:30 p.m. against Greenwich (Connecticut) A.