All the indicators were working against the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team going into Saturday's much-anticipated showdown with West Genesee.
Star sophomore Jordan Evans was wondering if a knee injury would jeopardize his season. Poor field conditions caused the game to be moved from the Red Rams' home field across town to the Wildcats' turf. Even the bus to the game caused the team to show up more than half an hour late.
None of this bothered J-D, though, when they finally did make it to Camillus. Evans played and made big early contributions, and the defense did the rest as the defending state Class B champion Red Rams knocked off the Wildcats 5-3 to extend its win streak to 28 games.
Just the day before, Evans received another examination on his right knee. Originally diagnosed as a partially torn ACL, it was now revaled to be just some swelling, not enough to keep Evans off the field for West Genesee.
Glad for the chance to challenge Pat Brown, John Sabert and the rest of the Wildcats' imposing defense, Evans broke through for a pair of goals in the first half, keying the Rams' ascension to a 4-1 lead. So much for the venue change and the late start.
Now it was J-D's back line that would seize the spotlight. Matt Firman, Scott Firman and Davi Sacco, along with long sticks Matt Kopp and Russell Runions, anchored a man-to-man defense that frustrated WG's top players everywhere they tried to go.
In fact, Corey Herrington, Cody Hoose and Tim Barber, a trio that combined for 51 goals and 56 assists so far this season, had zero points between them on this day, and leading scorer Dylan Donahue got shut out after the first quarter. Dan DiStefano stopped eight of the nine shots he faced.
Tim Edwards, Alex Hatem and McLaren Brady would account for J-D's other goals, with Steven Aziz accounting for a pair of assists. This was the second time in as many weeks that J-D had knocked off a Class A power, having beaten Fairport 8-4 on April 16.