May 26, 2013 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Once the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse offensive machine starts to hum, very little can stop it from lighting up the scoreboard with alarming frequency.
Certainly the Carthage Comets could not pull off the task, overwhelmed by the state no. 2-ranked Red Rams as it prevailed 23-9 in Saturday night’s Section III Class B final at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.
That makes it five consecutive sectional titles for J-D, who is also in hot pursuit of a third state championship in four years. Senior Jordan Evans said the team’s state semifinal defeat to Irondequoit a year ago has motivated them throughout this spring.
It helps, of course, that the Rams are in possession of what head coach Jamie Archer calls his most potent group of offensive skill players he’s had in his years at J-D, led by the Syracuse University-bound Evans, who added another four goals and five assists to his ledger against Carthage.
And as he’s done all season, Evans kept finding his favorite passing partner, Griffin Feiner, who delivered eight goals to go with a pair of assists. Feiner downplays his own contributions, saying the praise should go to his All-American teammate.
“He’s always looking for me,” said Feiner. “He does most of the work. I just catch and finish.”
It took all of 23 seconds for J-D to get on the board against Carthage, Evans finding Ryan McKee for the first of McKee’s five goals on the night. Yet the Comets only trailed 2-1 late in the first quarter before goals by Evans, Feiner and Ryan Durkin extended the margin to 5-1.
Carthage again fought back, and when Casey Boulio, off a feed from Seth Leonard, scored to trim the Rams’ margin to 6-4 with 5:02 left in the first half, Comets fans briefly started to think that it could make the Rams worry.
What followed ended any doubts, though. Just 12 seconds after Boulio’s goal, McKee scored, and 42 seconds later it was Evans finding the net, and then Mike Engstrom converted to make it 9-4.
All told, it was three goals in a span of 65 seconds, sparking a 5-0 run to close the half that made it 11-4 at the break. Archer said those kinds of spurts can deflate an opponent, and are a tribute to the dominant work in the face-off circle by Lucas Johnson and Jeff Edwards.
Amid a long string of penalties, the second half saw J-D steadily extend its margin, and again showcase the talents of Evans, whom Archer said is a special player because, despite his gaudy statistics, he wants to share the wealth.
“He does everything a coach can ask for and he’s never been selfish (while) trying to get other people involved,” said Archer.
That’s made J-D an exciting team to watch, and plenty of other players get involved, including McKee, who has notched 10 total goals in the playoffs. Durkin and Engstrom both scored twice against Carthage as Edwards and Griffin Johnson also scored. Lucas Johnson had a pair of assists.
J-D needed a bit of patience to reach the title game. The Class B semifinal against no. 3 seed Watertown at Central Square was pushed back a day by weather delays that stretched out the other semifinal game, Carthage’s 11-5 win over Auburn.
So when the Rams took the field against the Cyclones, it had not played a game in nearly two weeks, but the rest refreshed the Rams, who jumped all over Watertown in the first half and breezed to a 21-9 victory.
In an active first quarter, J-D shook off some defensive lapses and sprinted to a 9-3 lead. More offense followed the rest of the half, the Rams not letting up a bit as it stretched out its margin to 16-5 on the Cyclones by the time they reached the break.
McKee stepped up for J-D, matching Evans as they both picked up five goals and three assists, with Feiner close behind them as he earned four goals and two assists.
Griffin Johnson picked up one goal and one assist. Engstrom, Mike Perkins Lucas Johnson, Jeff Edwards, Scott Firman and Conal Brady earned one goal apiece.
J-D has to win two regional playoff games in the state tournament, starting with Wednesday’s opener against the Section X champion at Potsdam High School. A win there would send J-D to next Saturday’s regional final at Union-Endicott.