SYRACUSE Anyone that wins six consecutive Section III Class B championships, as the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team has done, finds success on the field even when some parts of the game aren't in full working order.
For example, the 2014 edition of the Red Rams has struggled to shut down opponents on the defensive side and pick up face-offs, things that past J-D teams could count on to be there.
So when those things are a problem - as they were in Saturday's sectional Class B final against East Syracuse-Minoa at the Carrier Dome - it helps to have an explosive attack cover up all the weak spots, which it did in an emphatic manner during the Rams' 23-13 victory over the Spartans.
What was an exciting, back-and-forth contest turned in J-D's favor when it reeled off eight unanswered goals in a span of just eight minutes, covering the end of the first quarter and the start of the second period.
Senior Griffin Feiner, who finished with five goals and one assist, said the fact that J-D had seen ESM's defensive alignment twice during the regular season (both sides won once) helped them adjust and flourish in the third and important encounter.
"We knew what they had," said Feiner. "We just had to go out and execute."
And the Rams pulled this off even though ESM finished up winning 27 of 39 faces-offs, most of it the product of Andrew Messinger's terrific work in the center X against whomever J-D lined up against him.
Yet, as Spartans head coach Jon McCoy pointed out, "Andrew did a great job, but we didn't capitalize."
Only once was the game tied, at 2-2, midway through the first quarter, and that lasted all of 17 seconds before Griffin Feiner's goal put the Rams ahead for good, and hinted at the bigger spurt ahead.