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J-D lax wins second straight state title in overtime

Jordan Evans completed a striking move upfield move with a diving goal to give the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team an 8-7 overtime win against Garden City late Saturday afternoon in the state Class B championship game at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadiium.

Evans goal landed in the Trojans net with just 2.4 seconds left in the first overtime, which clinched back-to-back state titles for the Red Rams, earned by winning 44 consecutive games, perhaps none as hard-fought as this one.

"The second the crowd cheered I knew it was in," Evans said. His view was obscured after diving around Garden City goalie Dan Marino and landing with his face down on the CNS turf.

"Then I got trampled on," Evans said, proudly describing the moment where all of J-D's players piled on top of him, exuberant over surviving the long, tough battle with a Garden City foe bent on avenging last year's state finals defeat at Stony Brook.

That Evans was able to put the finishing touch on J-D's second successive 22-0 campaign was down to the imagination of a pair players using long sticks.

First up was Scott Firman. The sophomore defender, who had just withstood a long Garden City possession that covered most of the OT period, intercepted a Trojans pass about 15 yards from midfield. Firman delivered an inch- perfect pass to fellow defender Matt Kopp. Seeing this, Evans worked to get open and receive the kind of pass he expects from Kopp.

"Matt always looks for me on that one," Evans said.

The sophomore attacker's biggest goal of his career put a cap on a tense encounter. The Red Rams never trailed but never could pull away. It was 2-2 after one quarter, 6-4 J-D at intermission, and 7-6 Red Rams after three.

Garden City's impressive senior attacker, Pat Berkery, pulled his side into a 7-7 deadlock early in the fourth quarter and it soon set up a game of lacrosse-chess.

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