What’s clear is that the East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse team is happy in the direction which it is going, and that Jamesville-DeWitt is far less pleased.
Amid windy and wet conditions last Monday night, the Spartans met the Red Rams, and it would go back and forth the whole way, but ESM would hang on for a 7-6 victory.
Mired in a 1-4 start, J-D worked hard to get out of that slump, playing on even terms with the Spartans during a 4-4 first half as the conditions began to deteriorate.
Neither side would generate much offense during the second half, either, but ESM sneaked out in front and, behind six saves from Courtnee Notaro in the net, would hang on as the defense held J-D’s top scorer, Caroline Kopp, without a goal.
Sam Dooling was the only Spartan to score twice as Hailey DeVona, Morgan Young and Jenna Kenney each had one goal and one assist. Cindy Brownson and Katy Steigerwald had the other goals.
On J-D’s side, Jessica Wipper got two goals, with Julia Slisz picking up two assists. Carly Stone, Lizzie O’Brien, Bess Murad and Grace Hulslander had one goal apiece. Cameron Buck finished with 10 saves.
Two days later, ESM survived another one-goal thriller, this time against Homer, edging the Trojans 8-7 to improve to 6-1 on the season.
The first half was low-scoring, but still proved important as the Spartans inched to a 3-2 halftime lead, and then matched everything Homer threw at them in the late going.
Young scored three times, with Dooling and DeVona each earning two goals and one assist. Steigerwald, with one goal and one assist, and Kate McGarrity, with one assist, helped out and Notaro again was big in the net, earning nines saves. Homer lost despite four goals from Olivia Porter.