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Evans, J-D dominate West Genesee

Rams lead start to finish, top Wildcats 12-4

— Senior attack Jordan Evans continued his impressive individual season with a six-goal performance as the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team defeated West Genesee 12-4 on Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium in Camillus.

Evans’ furious point-scoring streak has done wonders for the Rams as well, who improved to 8-0 midway through the regular season. The Wildcats, a perennial Class A powerhouse, fell to 5-4.

After a quiet first half in which he scored only once, Evans broke out with four goals in the third quarter, extending the Rams’ lead from 6-1 to 11-3 in the process.

“Our spacing got a lot better,” Evans said. “The middies kept dodging and if the middies are dodging and they have to slide I can get open off ball. In the third quarter I was just able to get more off ball looks rather than one on one.”

The J-D supporting cast got in on the action early. Lucas Johnson opened the game’s scoring 2:29 into the first quarter when Evans, cradling behind the cage, found him open in front of goal.

Mike Engstrom followed just over a minute later to double the lead. A third midfielder, Mike Perkins, scored the third Rams goal of the period from 15 yards out before Evans put in his first on a crafty run that saw him start from behind the cage, fake outside and spin back in front of a wide open goal.

Tom Pritchard scored the lone West Genesee goal of the half during the first period, in between Engstrom’s and Perkins’. Thanks to a stellar defensive performance by the Rams, the Wildcats had to wait until halfway through the third quarter for their next tally.

“We’ve got a very athletic D (that's) communicating real well right now,” coach Jamie Archer said.

Before Saturday, J-D averaged five goals allowed per game, so the defensive work stood out against a team that has scored 10 per contest this year. Rams goalie Joe Shapiro contributed to the defense’s stinginess, repeatedly preventing the host Wildcats from closing the gap with 10 saves.

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