The boys’ varsity lacrosse squad started the season strong, defeating rivals Dexter and Chelsea, 8-6, in the first two SEC conference games of the season.
The team had a sluggish start in the first matchup, allowing the Dreadnaughts a 3-0 lead on Dexter’s home field. Just before halftime, sophomore Kevin Nguyen tallied the Eagles’ first goal, narrowing the Dexter lead to 3-1.
The second half saw a big comeback for a tough Eagles squad that was playing with a depleted roster and sustained injuries during the game. Taking advantage of Dexter penalties, the Eagles scored four goals in the third, while allowing only one goal against. The Eagles started the fourth with a slim 5-4 lead, but managed to notch another three goals while allowing only two against, ending with an 8-6 victory.
The win was particularly satisfying for veteran Eagles who suffered a disappointing OT loss to Dexter last year.
Junior goalie Kaelan Bonner had a strong performance in net while sophomore Kevin Nguyen led the team in scoring with three goals, followed by Isaac Lippert (2G), Gavin Tribble, Jamie Newton, and Finn Kilbride, with one goal each.
The JV squad also had a close match, but came up just short, losing 9-7. Sophomore Zach Pachera led the team in scoring.
The Eagles traveled to Chelsea on Friday night for another close match that saw the Bulldogs take a 2-1 lead in the first quarter. Both teams scored one in the second half.
Chelsea scored two quick goals to take a 5-3 lead just at the start of the second half, but once again, the third period was a turning point for the Eagles.
According to head coach Greg Normand, a balanced scoring attack paced the Skyline comeback as Finn Kilbride had two goals and six other Eagle players scored, including Sam Greenberg, Isaac Lippert, Gavin Tribble, Kevin Nguyen, Tyler Stephans, and Jamie Newton.
“We had another big game in net as Kaelan Bonner played a really solid game,” Normand said. Bonner had 14 saves.
The JV team didn’t fare as well, suffering a 7-3 loss.