Most of the time, the Jamesville-DeWitt and Chrisitian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse teams act as courteous neighbors -- maybe watching each other, but not colliding on the field.
That changed on Saturday afternoon, when the Red Rams and Brothers met at Alibrandi Stadium in a hard-fought contest -- but it was J-D that did most of the damage early on its way to a 12-9 victory.
The Red Rams' defense told a good part of the story. All through the first half, as the Rams patiently scored goals, the back line took away anything CBA tried to establish and, if that didn't work, goalie Mike Jorgenson would gobble up the ball, as he finished with 12 saves.
By the time the two side reached halftime, the Red Rams had a 7-0 advantage, and it continued to have control even when CBA went on the board in the third period. A furious late comeback only magnified the importance of J-D's first-half domination.
John Clark and Jeff Vetter led the Rams with three-goal hat tricks, while Mike Edwards and Jake Bratek each scored twice. Colin Short and Eric DeJohn also scored, as Mac Keefus and Cam Stone got two assists apiece.
David Biegler, with five goals, led the Brothers' late comeback bid as Jared DePalma added two goals and one assist. Ben Ashenburg and Matt Dugan had single goals, with Casey Lasda adding three assists and Ty Murphy two assists.
Important as this game was for neighborhood bragging rights, what CBA and J-D had done earlier in the week mattered, too.
CBA, in particular, had a huge battle Thursday at Alibrandi against LaFayette, the state's top-ranked Class C team, who had ripped CBA 17-7 back on April 5 in Marcellus.
The Brothers played the Lancers much closer in the rematch, but a long scoring drought proved costly in a 15-10 defeat.