For the third time on an April Saturday, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team suffered a close defeat to a high-ranking opponent.
This time, the opponent was Fairport, undefeated and no. 2 in the state Class A rankings. In a game played at Hobart College, the Red Rams squandered a five-goal lead in the second half and watched the Red Raiders roar back to prevail by an 11-10 margin.
J-D, having gained so much confidence from a 13-11 win over West Genesee on April 21, managed to play better in the first half of this game. It held Fairport to a single goal in the opening period, and then saw its offense take off in the second quarter with six goals.
At one point late in the second quarter, J-D led 8-2, and it was still 8-3 at the break. Somehow, Fairport absorbed all this and, in the third quarter, completely took over, winning face-offs and controlling possession on the way to five unanswered goals that tied it, 8-8.
From there, it went back and forth in the final period, neither side getting away as J-D broke a scoring drought that lasted more than 16 minutes.
But with 13 seconds left in regulation and the game still tied 10-10, Fairport’s Jay Vakiener worked his way to the net and, unassisted, flung a shot past Joe Shapiro (who finished with 11 saves) for the decisive goal.
In defeat, J-D’s Griffin Feiner scored three times, just as he did against West Genesee, while McLaren Brady would gain two goals and three assists.
Jordan Evans also found the net twice as Deke Burns, Mike Egstrom and Lucas Johnson earned the other goals. Vakiener, Pat VanBortle and Brian Martin each had three goals to lead Fairport’s comeback.
In between the West Genesee and Fairport claches, J-D went to New Hartford last Tuesday and ripped past the Spartans 17-3.