Already with a comfortable 4-1 lead, the Rams erased any doubts by erupting for nine unanswered goals in the second quarter to make it 13-1 at the break.
As before, J-D was quite balanced. Brady had three goals as five others –Burns, Evans, Johnson, Mike Perkins and Justin Diamond– put in two goals apiece. Burns added two assists, the same as Colin Stone, with Jeff Edwards and Brendon Flanagan joining Stone with single tallies.
On the girls side, J-D, recovering from an April 14 loss to Fulton, got another push from New Hartford last Tuesday, but did enough to emerge with a 17-12 victory over the Spartans.
All game long, the pace was quick, and New Hartford, led by Theano Alvanos (four goals) and Ashley Chanatry (three goals, one assist), continued to make the Red Rams work.
J-D got through mostly through a trio of offensive threats. Taylor Fallon and Lauren Beville each finished with five goals, while Taylor Bierwagen backed up her four goals with four assists. Katherine Coughlin and Caroline Kopp added single goals, with Olivia Jasinski joining Coughlin in the assist column. Cameron Buck, in goal, recorded 10 saves.
This led to Saturday’s game at Mexico, where the Red Rams saw the much-improved Tigers get a late lead and hang on to beat J-D 10-9.
Through a 6-6 first half, both sides surged. And it remained that close deep into the second half, Mexico not moving ahead for good until Joelle Lombardoni’s goal with 8:38 left.
J-D could not force overtime, despite seeing Bierwagen notch four goals and Fallon add three goals and an assist. Kopp and Kayleigh Cavanaugh had the other goals, with Carly Stone and Sonia Narsipur adding assists.
Lombardoni (four goals, one assist), Kali Domicolo (three goals) and Taylor Bentley (two goals, three assists) accounted for most of the Tigers’ production.
Each of the Red Rams’ lacrosse teams meet up with Chittenango and Fulton in the opening days of May.