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J-D lacrosse blasts Vestal, Massena in regionals

Red Rams advance to state semifinal against Victor

— All season long, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team has emphasized its top goal - a state Class B title. And now, three games into the playoffs, the Red Rams finally look like it's meeting that potential and have a serious chance to turn that goal into a reality.

J-D put on a show at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium in the Class B regional semifinal against Section IV champion Vestal, prevailing 22-11 and led by the duo of Griffin Feiner and Griffin Johnson, who combined for a cumulative 17 points.

Johnson continued to facilitate at an almost alarming rate, picking up seven assists to push his playoff total to 18 assists through three games.

“One thing we’ve really emphasized is communication, especially on offense,” Johnson said. “That’s what’s been our go-to right now, getting those extra passes.”

Feiner had himself a career game as well, scoring eight times to match the J-D single-game post-season record while pushing his playoff total to 19 goals.

Johnson had a special nickname for his teammate: “Firecracker.”

“[Feiner] really gets us going with his great play and his enthusiasm for putting the ball in the back of the net,” Johnson explained.

In the first half, the Red Rams dominated on offense and defense despite not getting a majority of the face-offs. Vestal’s Syracuse University-bound face-off specialist, Pat Carlin, had his way with Ryan Durkin through the game’s first two frames.

“He’s a big, strong middie,” Durkin said. “We had some fits with him tonight.”

“We were getting the draw a lot of the time in the first half,” said J-D head coach Jamie Archer. “Carlin’s a big guy, and he was holding our guys up a little bit. We couldn’t get to the ball after we got the draw. They were winning the ground ball battle because we were getting stuck in there.”

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