Many different angles could be offered in regards to the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team’s 10-9 defeat to Niskayuna on the night of May 4.
Maybe it was an indicator that the Red Rams’ state title run might not be as smooth as originally imagined. Or perhaps J-D, while aiming to beat the Silver Warriors, could let go of the outcome knowing a possible rematch in the state finals would carry far more weight.
What was certain was that the Rams’ response to a defeat was quite convincing. Fulton was the next opponent, and the Red Raiders could do nothing to stop J-D’s first-half blitz that led to a 25-1 decision, one of most lopsided in Section III this spring.
Averaging a goal per minute, the Rams already had a 12-0 margin going into the second quarter, and continued to add to it, gaining a 17-0 halftime edge. Only a running clock, and a clearing of the bench to let the reserves see extended minutes, kept it from getting much more lopsided.
Nine different players had multiple points, led again by Jordan Evans, with two goals and five assists, and Griffin Feiner, with five goals and one assist.
Four others – Jeff Edwards, Ryan McKee, Ryan Wright and Zach Hatem – produced three-goal hat tricks. Lucas Phillips had two goals and one assist, with Griffin Johnson managing a goal and two assists. Lucas Johnson, Ryan Durkin and Mike Mulvihill earned one goal apiece.
In Thursday night’s game at Cortland, the Red Rams were steadier in its approach, but reached the same general conclusion as it beat the Purple Tigers 17-6.
It took a 5-0 surge through the second quarter to get J-D clear as it gained an 11-2 hafltime edge, cruising the rest of the way as it showed an encouraging amount of scoring balance.