J-D lacrosse has new lineup, same expectations

Evans gone, nine new starters in place for Red Rams

— To say that the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team has been successful in past years would be an understatement. The past four seasons have held four league titles, four sectional titles, four regional crowns and two state Class B championships.

This year, though, it might not be so easy. Coach Jamie Archer is tasked with replacing a dynamic senior class headlined by the no. 1 recruit in the country, Jordan Evans, who headed to Syracuse and is wearing the historic no. 22 as a freshman.

“We have to replace a lot of pieces,” Archer said. “It’s not like we lost everything. We lost a lot of veteran seniors who had been playing with us since they were sophomores. We have a lot of catching up to do in certain areas.”

Despite a young and largely inexperienced team, Archer said the goal of a state title is still the same this year, as it is every year. “This group is definitely capable. I don’t think there’s any doubt in my mind that this group is capable of getting to where they need to be by the end,” he said. “We’re not down, we’re just reloading.”

One area J-D must catch up in to make its state title dreams a reality is defense. The Red Rams return just one starter from last year’s state runner-up squad- sophomore Sam Mueller.

“We’re really young at the defensive end,” Archer said. “You’ve got your one returning player, your one guy with the experience, and he’s a sophomore. That’s kind of tough to rally around. We’ve got to have some senior leadership guys step in.”

Archer expects Mueller, senior captain Conal Brady and any combination of juniors Cole Fowler, Jacob Eich and Lucas Relkin to comprise his defensive unit.

There’s also a new man in goal after two seasons of Joe Shapiro. Junior Joe Morgan will likely be manning the net this season in the starting role for the first time. “He’s gonna have to step up,” Archer said.

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