WG boys lacrosse falls, 12-4, to J-D

Wildcats outclassed by Evans, powerful Red Rams

— This was, indeed, a rare sight – the West Genesee boys lacrosse team, in any year and in any circumstance, simply proving unable to keep up with a high-quality opponent, or shut it down.

Still, the Wildcats’ 12-4 defeat to Class B powerhouse Jamesville-DeWitt on Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium was less an indictment of WG’s situation as it was an affirmation of the Red Rams’ many qualities.

J-D, no. 2 in the state Class B rankings behind Garden City, is seeking a third state title in four years and demonstrated to WG’s home crowd just how complete a team it is, from stingy defense to an opportunistic attack that pounced any time the Wildcats’ back line made a mistake.

In particular, the Wildcats had no answer for Jordan Evans. The Rams’ Syracuse University-bound senior continued his impressive individual season with a six-goal performance, as he leads Section III with 73 points – 36 goals, 37 assists.

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. Then 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.

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