Thursday, August 24, 2017
Ann Arbor Huron High School
Dexter High School
The #5 ranked Ann Arbor Huron River Rat’s traveled to Wylie Community Pool to face the #10 ranked Dexter Dreadnoughts, and took the game 15-10 to bring their season record to 4-2. The Rats, still not at full strength on the season with senior Captain Alex Kaipainen sidelined after dislocating his arm in the first game of the year, managed the ‘noughts handily behind several strong efforts from multiple players – a true total team effort).
Surrendering the first goal of the game in the opening seconds of the first quarter, the Rat’s looked a bit sluggish before senior Captain Avi Cohen (5 goals, 3 assists, 5 steals) struck on a series of counter attack and strong moves out of set, often keying the counter attack on his own with smart pressure on Dexters top line. He was helped out with quick moves and a charging presence from the 4-5 side by the dynamic duo of senior Captain Jorge DiGiovanni (goal, 2 assists, 3 steals) and sophomore Edwin Barnett (4 goals, 2 assists, steal), while senior Captain Nik Ford (8 blocks, 2 assists, 2 steals) bombed pinpoint passes from net.
While the Rat’s let up the gas a little in the second, “losing” the quarter 2-3, goals by junior Dane Hubers (2 goals, assist, 3 steals) and sophomore Ben Hires (goal, steal) kept pace to head into the half up 8-5. Not comfortable with this slim margin after switching sides for the half, senior David Endicott (goal, 3 steals), junior Brandon Geng (goal, steal) and junior Jon Wang (3 steals) kept up the pressure and helped the Rats end the quarter with with a comfortable 6 goal lead.
Despite a little tiff occurring between a couple high spirited Huron and Dexter players, the Rats cruised the remainder of the game, seeing players like sophomore Dylan Schmitzerle (assist, steal) take the game home. Head coach Paul Barnett smartly mixed lineups and gave everyone plenty of playing time, setting up the program well for the future.
The JV Rats, led by multi-sport wonder AJ Stewart (7 goals) won their second game of the season as well in an exciting back and forth contest.
Both teams will face Dexter again this weekend in their respective tournaments.