DeWitt Saturday afternoon's match-up between two of the premier boys lacrosse programs in Central New York offered an unusual storyline.
Both Jamesville-DeWit and West Genesee appeared vulnerable, with the Red Rams humbled 11-10 by East Syracuse-Minoa earlier this month and the Wildcats a week removed from a 10-1 loss to Fairport.
The heavyweight bout saw J-D burst out to a 5-2 halftime lead. Then the wheels fell off for the Red Rams, and WG ultimately emerged victorious by a score of 11-9.
“We’re still really young,” said J-D head coach Jamie Archer. “We lost our composure, and I think that kind of caught up to these guys. They need to fight.”
Following Ryan Durkin’s third goal of the game early in the third quarter, J-D led 6-2. Then an offensive onslaught began for the Wildcats, and the Red Rams defense showed the same weakness exploited by ESM two weeks prior.
WG rattled off three consecutive goals in that third period to cut the margin to 6-5. Then J-D fought back, with Griffin Johnson trading goals with Wildcat standout Ryan McDonald.
Johnson earned a hat trick on his diving goal with 15.5 seconds left in the third quarter that put J-D up 8-6 entering the final quarter.
The Wildcats’ fourth quarter proved more impressive than its play in the third. Outside of Ryan McKee’s low-to-high goal that sneaked past the goal line with 9:43 to play,
WG’s stout defense didn’t allow J-D anything productive. The Wildcats were dominant in the faceoffs- winning nine of 15 in the second half- which allowed them to keep the ball out of J-D’s hands.
Despite this, the Red Rams led until Matt Milne tied it at 9-9 with 6:09 to play. They trailed for the first time since the first quarter following Dave Procopio’s score with 4:35 to play, and Tyler Brown extended the deficit to 11-9 with 2:24 left.