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ESM girls lacrosse roars to 3-0 start

In their opening week on the field, the East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-Dewitt girls lacrosse teams both found the win column - and the Spartans didn't stop until it had a 3-0 start.

The Spartans began league play last Tuesday at New Hartford and wasted little time taking charge in a 16-4 romp over that other group of Spartans.

Dominating in all phases of the game, ESM had a 9-1 edge by halftime, and kept on going as Marlee Vlassis and Nikki DeVona each finished with four goals and combined for five assists.

Behind them, Alex McEachron scored twice and added an assist. Rachel Toole, Alyssa Anderalli, Alayna Davis and Megan Legro each picked up one goal and one assist.

Turning around to meet Homer 24 hours later, the Spartans again had little trouble, rolling to a 13-6 victory over the Trojans.

A high-scoring first half saw the Spartans move in front 7-4, but its defense tightened in the late going, allowing ESM to get some breathing space as its attack remained potent.

DeVona scored four times, often fed by Vlassis, who had four assists to go with her lone goal. Anderalli, Davis and Dam Dooling each had two goals, with Sarah Steinberg and Katie Hall also converting.

This strong opening week for ESM concluded Saturday with a visit to Mexico and another impressive effort as it tamed the Tigers 19-8.

All through the first half, the Spartans' defense overwhelmed Mexico, not stopping until it had gained a 12-3 edge.

Vlassis, with four goals and one assist, led the way as Nikki DeVona, McEachron and Toole put up three goals apiece.

Anderalli had two goals and one assist, with Davis getting two goals and one assist. Haley DeVona and Liz Walsh added goals as Hall added a pair of assists and Kathleen O'Connor also had an assist.

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