J-D lacrosse knocked off by Niskayuna

Red Rams drop battle of state's top-ranked Class B teams

— Exactly five weeks from now, there's a good chance that the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team will find itself at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, playing for a third state Class B title in four years.

If so, Section II powerhouse Niskayuna may serve as the opponent, and judging by their encounter on Saturday night, it could prove quite special.

J-D, the top-ranked team in the state, and Niskayuna, in the no. 2 spot, battled closely all the way to the final horn - but it was the Silver Warriors that came out on top, 10-9, when the Red Rams' attempt to force overtime in the waning seconds fell short.

In racing to a 13-0 start and that top spot in the state poll, J-D had rarely faced a close call, except for a 15-14 overtime victory over CBA on April 5. And the previous two Saturdays, the Rams had roared past two big road tests, beating West Genesee (12-4) and Fairport (17-9) to solidify its top spot.

Meanwhile, Niskayuna, seeking to become the first-ever state champion from Section II in any class, carried its own 11-0 mark into the game. Like J-D, the Silver Warriors had rarely been challenged in those 11 games.

Given all the anticipation, the game somehow matched the hype. They played to a 2-2 first-quarter tie, Niskayuna able to slow down J-D's vaunted attack enough to get the tempo it wanted.

Then the Silver Warriors moved out in front during the second period, going to the break with a slim 5-4 edge. The problem for J-D was that its attack had turned one-dimensional, depending too much on Jordan Evans, who had three of the Rams' four first-half goals.

Early in the third quarter, J-D stayed quiet as Niskayuna doubled its lead to two, 6-4. Finally, the Rams got going late in that period, getting goals from Griffin Feiner and Ryan McKee to tie it before Evans' fourth goal gave the hosts a 7-6 edge with one quarter left.

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