DeWitt Halftime of Saturday afternoon's non-league Jamesville-DeWitt-Fairport boys lacrosse contest bore an eerie resemblance to the J-D-West Genesee game one week before.
J-D had a halftime lead in both games, as they were up 5-2 in the WG game and led the Red Raiders 6-5 on this gloomy afternoon. But against the Wildcats, J-D coach Jamie Archer said his team lost its composure, which led to an 11-9 defeat.
So the first half of the Fairport game offered something of déjà vu for the Rams, but the outcome was something no one predicted for this youthful roster, especially considering Fairport trounced WG 10-1 earlier this month.
Illustrating exactly what it learned from the WG loss, the Rams crushed Fairport in the second half, culminating in a 14-8 victory over the no. 5 ranked team in Class A.
“It’s a matter of learning from playing good teams,” Archer explained. “They grew up a lot today.”
Perhaps the most important growth was the reemergence of Griffin Feiner, J-D’s leading scorer who put in 95 goals one season ago. Held to just an assist against WG thanks to lockdown defense, Fairport figured if they could stop Feiner, they could stop the Red Rams, just as the Wildcats did.
The Red Raiders draped senior captain Sam Dovan over Feiner the entire game, but it didn’t matter. Feiner played with the hunger and aggressiveness J-D needs from him, putting in five goals and having his way with the Red Raiders overall.
“In the big games before today, [Feiner] wasn’t getting his shot, but today, he stepped up,” Archer said. “That was huge for us. We need him to be that type of player for us to get where we want to get to.”
“I had to play well,” Feiner said. “Obviously the West Genny loss was a bad loss. We have to prove that we can play with these guys, and we did today.”