It did not take long for the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team to face elite competition as it goes for a third state Class B championship in four years – nor did it take long for Jordan Evans to establish himself as the front-runner for all Player of the Year honors that might get handed out at season’s end.
In two impressive road victories, Evans reached double figures in assists on one night, and then turned around to hit double figures in goals the next time around.
What made the second of these games particularly impressive was that it came Thursday night at Homer, who won the Section III Class C title a year ago. But the Trojans had no answer for Evans as he pushed the Rams to a 20-7 victory.
All that Homer could do in the first quarter was delay the onrush, holding J-D to a 2-0 advantage. But the second period proved different as the Rams won face-offs, constantly charged into the Trojans’ end and constantly converted, building a 10-1 halftime margin.
Eight more tallies followed in the third period, the J-D lead growing to 18-5, which allowed head coach Jamie Archer to use plentiful reserves in the fourth quarter.
Homer guessed that Evans would try to find teammates. Instead, the Syracuse University-bound senior constantly flew past defenders and fired shots into the net, not stopping until he had amassed 10 goals, to go with a single assist.
Of course, Evans wasn’t alone, as Mike Perkins and Mike Engstrom both had two goals and one assist. Lucas Johnson notched four assists, while Jeff Edwards, Ryan Durkin, Scott Firman, Justin Diamond, Griffin Feiner and Ryan McKee had one goal apiece.
Unable to get much practice time on clear fields the last few weeks due to all the lingering snow on the ground, J-D did not quite know what to expect when it visited Herkimer County Community College for last Tuesday night’s opener against Whitesboro.