The Skyline boys’ lacrosse team opened the state playoffs with an impressive 14-10 win over Salem in the MHSAA Regional quarterfinals on Monday at Skyline. The Eagles will play Saline (15-3) in a semifinal game at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Northville HS. Saline defeated Belleville 18-0 in another quarterfinal game on Monday.
The other semifinal game features Northville taking on Plymouth. The championship game is at 7 p.m. on May 29 at Northville.
Leading up to the postseason was a busy week for the Skyline lacrosse program. The varsity team traveled for three away games, taking home two wins and one loss. The JV squad kept improving and winning, finishing the season with three convincing victories on the road.
On Monday, the Eagles defeated host Grosse Pointe North 14-3. Cam Newton had his biggest game of the year with seven goals and two assists, followed by junior attackman Issac Lippert’s seven points (four goals, three assists). Sophomore attackman Kevin Nyugen contributed two goals, while Finn Kilbride had three points with one goal and two assists. Senior Blake Turner dominated the face-off circle winning 16-4 face-offs. A strong defense led by J.J. Edwards, Anthony Henry, Robbie White, Nick Pachera, Servon Hilton, Kobe Clemons and Evan Eisman also contributed to the Eagle victory.
That same evening, Skyline’s junior varsity squad beat Plymouth Canton 10-0 in a solid win.
On Wednesday, both squads traveled to Walled Lake Northern to take on the Knights. The varsity squad took home an 11-5 victory. The Eagles’ two leading scorers paced the win with Cam Newton picking up three goals and an assist, while Isaac Lippert had a hat trick to go along with two assists. Jamie Newton and Kevin Nyugen each had two goals, while Blake Turner added a single tally. Turner continues to dominate in the faceoff circle winning 14 draws, while only losing five. “Right now, Blake is the best faceoff guy I’ve been around in a long time,” head coach Greg Normand said.
The Skyline junior varsity team won its sixth game of the year, beating Walled Lake Northern JV 11-2.
Skyline traveled to Birmingham Seaholm on Saturday at 11 a.m. and dropped a tough game to a talented Maples squad (15-6) to finish the season 14-4, but the JV team made sure that the Eagles left with a win, defeating their JV counterparts 7-2 and ending the season with a 7-5-1 record.
The JV team went undefeated in its last five games of the season.