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As part of the annual Freedom League challenge, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse teams moved its second match-up of 2008 south, to Homer High School's turf.

Yet this contest ended just like the first meeting, on April 3 -- in favor of the Red Rams, who fought past the Spartans 17-11.

Entering the game no. 12 in the state Class C rankings, J-D pushed the tempo as much as possible, helping to gain a 9-5 edge by the time the two sides reached halftime.

This steady, relentless effort on the Rams' part continued in the second half, with Melissa Jaworski and Lauren Cobb at the forefront. Jaworski had four goals and two assists, with Cobb also scoring four times, adding one assist.

Right behind them, Kristal Buck had three goals and one assist, as Ashriel West got a goal and three assists. Kate Byrnes had two goals and an assist, with Meredith Howe earning a goal and two assists. Emily Johnson and Claire Kopp also scored as Tori Nies got two assists.

ESM fought all the way to the end. Gina Campese led that side, with four goals and one assist, as Laura Matthews scored three times and Alecia Shaffer got two goals and two assists. Allyson Rossi and Kristen Darcy had the other goals.

And following up on that result, J-D took on Fulton Monday afternoon and beat the Red Raiders 16-7.

Fulton was 5-2 going into that game, but the Red Rams dominated from the start, building a 9-2 halftime edge and maintaining that high standard.

Howe, with five goals and two assists, led the way, as West gained three goals and two assists. Kate Byrnes scored twice as Nies, Cobb and Kristal Buck combined for seven assists with their single tallies. J-D improved its record to 9-2.

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