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ESM girls lacrosse holds off J-D

Spartans stop Rams for eighth straight win

— The Jamesville-DeWitt girls lacrosse team did its best to dig out of a six-goal halftime deficit on Thursday afternoon, but came up short in a 14-10 loss to East Syracuse Minoa.

J-D fell to 4-5, 4-3 in OHSL division play, while ESM (8-1, 6-1 OHSL) won its eighth straight since losing the season opener to CBA - the team just ahead of the Spartans in the standings.

Four different players - Carly Neugebauer, Taylor Fallon, Samantha McKenna and Caroline Kopp - punched in goals in the second half as the Red Rams cut the lead from 10-4 to 11-8 by the 11:56 mark.

But the Spartans kept the visitors from coming any closer the rest of the way. With seven and a half minutes to play, Sam Dooling made a cut through the J-D arc and buried a pass from Nicole DeVona past goalie Cameron Buck to extend the lead to four. Dooling finished with four goals on the night to increase her season total to 36.

Megan LeGro extended the lead nearly three minutes later, scoring from a free position stoppage. Neugebauer responded within 15 seconds, but ESM’s Morgan Young added a final free position goal with three and a half minutes left to all but seal the result.

The Spartan firepower was too much for J-D in the first half. ESM scored six unanswered goals in a nine-minute span midway through the half, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Nicole DeVona contributed three straight goals in that stretch. Her younger sister Haley followed with one to make four consecutive DeVona scores.

Rachel Toole scored the Spartans’ first and third goals of the game and added two assists. Haley DeVona finished with two goals and her sister led all players with five points (four goals, one assist).

McKenna scored twice and assisted twice, Neugebauer scored four and Taylor Fallon chipped in four points (one goal, three assists).

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