Firmly placed at the no. 3 spot in the state Class B rankings, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team shot past two more overmatched foes during the school break.
But it was Saturday's game against Section V power Fairport at Onondaga Community College that grabbed the most attention - and the Red Rams again came out on top, beating the Red Raiders 13-11.
The game, part of LaFayette's "Stick It to Cancer" fund-raiser for Coaches vs. Cancer, gave J-D a second chance to measure itself against a large-school power, having already disposed of West Genesee 16-8 in its March 29 season opener.
Fairport, like the Rams, was undefeated entering this game and held the no. 7 spot in the Class A rankings. Yet before it could even play a minute against J-D, the Red Raiders found itself trailing 3-0, a direct result of Tim Edwards winning three clean face-offs in a row.
Jake Bratek hit first, scoring 32 seconds into the game. Seven seconds later, Eric DeJohn converted, and after winning the next face-off, Bratek returned for a second tally at the 55-second mark.
Regrouping after a time-out, Fairport tied it, 3-3, by the middle of the period, then traded goals as the two sides went to the second quarter 4-4.
J-D would go back in front for good in that period, helped by Bratek and Cam Stone scoring 19 seconds apart. And early in the third quarter, a huge hit by David Sacco led to an Edwards goal, and Bratek's fourth tally made it 10-6.
Again, Fairport fought back, moving within one, 12-11, early in the fourth quarter. But the Red Rams' defense, led by Sacco, Matt Kopp, Mac Feiner and Dmitriy Bakrukov, made several key stops down the stretch, protecting goalie Dan DiStefano.
DeJohn's fourth goal with 6:50 left stretched J-D's margin back to two, and it spent the last four minutes effectively running out the clock, keeping Fairport from catching up.