After 5 dominating wins, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team’s winning streak has finally ended.
Entering their Saturday matchup with the Fayetteville-Manlius squad, the Red Rams had a record of 5-1, highlighted by a shutout 20-0 win over Oswego and a tightly contested 12-10 victory over rival Christian Brothers Academy. However, the Hornets had an even better record, standing at an undefeated 6-0.
With both teams marching through the seasons, this game was bound to be a clash of the titans from the start, and only one could come out of it victorious. Adding to the significance of the matchup was the fact that both teams were sectional champions in their respective classes.
Neither team had any hesitation from the start. Playing aggressively immediately after the first faceoff, senior Connor Aspinall scored before even a minute had ticked off the clock. Just a few short minutes later, J-D freshman Sam Brazell answered, whipping in a clear shot on the left pipe.
The rest of the first half was a game of streaks. The Hornets took a 4-1 lead, but the Rams tied it back up at 4-4 by the first minute of the second quarter. Before long though, the pendulum of momentum had swung back in F-M’s favor, with three more goals and a 7-4 lead. The teams traded two more goals a piece, and the first half ended with the visitors leading 9-6.
Although the first half was very competitive, the second half was all Hornets. Their offense retained possession for a vast majority of the half, and they scored seemingly at will. The game ended with a final score of 17-12, and while the Red Rams scored two goals in the last minute, it was clear that F-M had firm control over all aspects of the game.
Leading the way for the guys in green was senior and SUNY Cortland commit Caden Yancey. He scored a whopping 6 goals, enough for two half tricks, and was clearly the man in charge on the field on Saturday. Yancey played a physical style of lacrosse, pushing and bumping his way towards the goal, and creating just enough space to get some time to shoot.
Despite the disappointing final score for J-D, the outing was just a blip on the radar in their season. On Tuesday night, they got right back on track with a 14-7 thrashing of the East Syracuse-Minoa Spartans, bringing their record to 6-2.
The Red Rams will look to start another win streak this Thursday at 7:00 pm, hosting the Central Square Redhawks. The game will be streamed by JDTV here.