DeWitt Fresh off an encouraging win over highly regarded Fairport last Saturday afternoon, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team figured that it was starting to reach its potential.
But next up was Tuesday afternoon's rematch with undefeated rival East Syracuse-Minoa, a rivalry intensified after the Spartans rallied in the final minutes to beat the Red Rams 11-10 on April 4.
Here, J-D played one incredible half of lacrosse in the muddy and rainy conditions, but again showed an inability to play a complete game, narrowly escaping a furious Spartans comeback to prevaili by a score of 15-13.
“It’s a game of four quarters, and we can’t just play two strong quarter and two flat quarters,” said J-D captain Griffin Johnson.
Perhaps channeling the confidence gained from that earlier win, the Spartans sprinted out to a 5-2 lead thanks to scores from Jeremy Perry, Andrew Rosso, Tom VanDeusen and Kollin Diedrickson, who had two goals in the first four minutes.
But J-D endured, scoring twice before the end of the first frame to cut the lead to 5-4. Then, it took charge, especially during a 23-second stretch in which three goals were scored by a committee of Matt Murad, Grayson Burns and Ryan Durkin.
All in all, J-D put in 11 unanswered goals in less than 13 minutes before ESM's Corey Haynes halted the run - but that stunning spurt had J-D in front 13-6 at the half.
“We got ground balls (and) we were getting possessions,” explained J-D coach Jamie Archer. “We had a couple of man-ups where [ESM] didn’t get released and we took advantage.”
But the second half was a different story. Instead watching its large deficit balloon into an even larger blowout, the Spartans fought hard and made the game a challenge. However, the comeback effort may have been due more to J-D struggling to play a full game than ESM dominating.