The Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa boys lacrosse teams had two very different ways of going about accomplishing the same goal on Thursday night.
Both squads sought a chance to play for a Section III Class B title- the Red Rams looking for a sixth straight championship, the Spartans chasing its first title since 2004.
And they both earned their shot, setting up a climactic third meeting of the season between the two rivals, though they won their semifinal contests at Central Square in starkly contrasting fashions.
The no. 2 seed Spartans knocked off no. 3 seed Carthage 12-6 thanks to a second-half surge, while the top-seeded Red Rams defeated no. 4 seed New Hartford by slamming the pedal to the floor from the start in an 18-7 thrashing.
In the first game of the day, ESM and Carthage played a first half that came and went with little fanfare. Neither team was particularly aggressive, save for spurts here and there.
This passive attitude led to a back-and-forth pattern rife with scoring droughts in the first two quarters. The lead never advanced past a single goal, and the score was tied four times.
“I wasn’t worried,” said Spartans head coach Jon McCoy. “It wasn’t a matter of things that Carthage was doing, it was just a matter of the ball not bouncing our way a little bit.”
The beginning of the third quarter offered more of the same droll style of play. But then, with 5:09 left in the period, Joe Rosaschi scored an unassisted goal that served as a spark for the Spartan offense.
From there, ESM took off, turning a slim 5-4 halftime lead into a more comfortable 10-4 margin thanks to goals by Rosaschi, Dan Lewis, Jeremy Perry and Tom VanDeusen, who scored twice in the run.