Back from a successful weekend where it won twice in Pennsylvania, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls lacrosse team had a chance to make some program history.
When the Red Rams hosted East Syracuse-Minoa on a wet and chilly Tuesday afternoon, it called upon defense and patience to push past the Spartans 8-6 for its record-tying ninth consecutive win.
It helped, in a big way, that ESM did not have one of its top offensive threats, Allyson Rossi, in the lineup -- but the Spartans still took a 1-0 lead when Carissa Ficarro scored less than 90 seconds into the game.
That only seemed to kick the Red Rams into a higher gear, for it answered with a five-goal flurry, spurred by Kate Byrnes' pair of tallies in a 34-second span. Emily Johnson then nabbed back-to-back goals, and when Ashriel West scored at the 10:12 mark, J-D led 5-1, and threatened to make it a blowout.
Somehow, ESM settled down and, for the next 30 or so minutes of play, allowed just one goal (to Johnson). Much of that was due to great work in the net by goalie Katie Cook, who made most of her eight saves during this span.
Getting goals from Ficarro and Gina Campese, ESM pulled back to 6-3 by halftime, then engaged in a long stalemate before Ficarro converted again with 11:22 to play, making it 6-4.
Barely a minute later, Meredith Howe answered, ending a long J-D drought, and it possessed the ball down the stretch as West added a second goal with 3:01 left, enough of a margin so that two last-second goals by Campese didn't matter.
J-D's defense, led by Emily Luckette, Claire Kopp and Morgan Freeman, made sure no one other than Ficarro or Campese could affect them, and Tara Prosak finished with six saves.