The Jamesville-DeWitt Red Rams showed why they are the defending state Class B boys lacrosse champs as they dominated from start to finish in a mild upset over previously undefeated and No. 2 state-ranked Homer 17-5 Thursday afternoon.
Homer (9-1), who beat the Red Rams at the beginning of the season on April 1, looked nothing like the team that won their first nine games of the year.
Instead, it was J-D (7-2) who got right back into contention in the Class B standings with an impressive performance on their home field. The two teams are now tied for first place with a league of record 7-1.
Early on, it seemed as if this was going to be a close and exciting rematch as each team traded goals for the first nine minutes of the opening quarter. But J-D broke a 3-3 tie with three straight goals to end the period up 6-3. The Red Rams were efficient and took good shots on offense. They also controlled the face-offs and took advantage of Homer's poor ability to clear the ball.
After a close first quarter, J-D was in complete control for the remainder of the contest. They scored the first five goals of the second quarter and relied on their stingy defense to limit the Trojans to one goal the entire twelve minutes. Eight different players scored for J-D as they took an 11-4 halftime lead.
"I think we played really well today," said J-D senior John Clark who scored a game-high four goals. "It was one of the most intense games we've played and everyone came out with everything they had. I think it was one of our best games of the year so far."
The Red Rams, who are ranked no. 8 in the state Class B poll and climbing, boasted a defense that continued to flourish in the second half, only allowing one goal the entire twenty four minutes. That score came from Aaron Darr with 20 seconds left in the third quarter.