All season long, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys lacrosse team had found a way to escape when in major trouble, as it had done on May 8 when it had erased an early five-goal deficit and made its way past Homer 10-9 in overtime.
Just four days later, these same two sides met again at ESM Stadium, but the result proved quite different, the Trojans again starting fast and, this time, not letting the Spartans back into it, leading to a 15-6 defeat.
It was ESM’s second defeat of the season and, more importantly, allowed Jamesville-DeWitt to leapfrog them and get the top seed for the Section III Class B playoffs, though both had byes straight into semifinals on Thursday at Central Square – the Spartans to face Carthage or Fulton, the Red Rams to face Watertown or New Hartford. The finals are Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.
Perhaps the Spartans relaxed too much at the start when Homer went out in front 5-1, and that was understandable, since it was 6-1 in the first meeting before it stormed back.
But the Trojans remained aggressive, stretching out the margin to 9-3 by halftime, and continuing to pull clear behind the work of Jake Gray, who had five goals and one assist, and Anthony Basile, who added four goals, the pair deftly solving ESM’s defenses.
In defeat, the Spartans saw Corey Haynes earn three of the team’s six goals and Joe Rosaschi score twice, with Kyle Hesse getting the other goal. Tom VanDeusen contributed an assist as, in the net, Alec Miller recorded seven saves.
To put it mildly, ESM was upset about this result – and it took out the frustration on New Hartford 24 hours later, smashing those other Spartans 16-4 to finish a 14-2 regular season.