The Jamesville-DeWitt girls lacrosse team was given countless obstacles to face going into the 2021 season. They hadn’t played since 2019, when all the current members of the team were sophomores or younger, due to COVID-19. The overlapping of sports seasons meant that some student-athletes missed a portion of the beginning of the season. The Red Rams even lost three All-State players (Ana Dieroff, Lindsay MacLachlan, and Arysa Lux) to graduation.
Although the deck was stacked against the Red Rams from the start, they’re finally getting on track.
J-D opened the season with four straight losses, clearly experiencing some growing pains as a unit. However, as adjustments were made and lessons were learned, the victories began to stack up.
Before the matchup with East Syracuse-Minoa began on Tuesday night, J-D had a 3-4 record, with three wins in a row and a combined score of 55-6 in those games. Simply put, they were on a roll, and they didn’t slow down against the Spartans.
From start to finish, it was a dominating performance. The Rams led 7-1 at halftime and finished the game with a 13-5 victory.
Highlight performances from the game came from a trio of seniors: Kailey McKenna, Everly Kessler, and Skylar Constantino.
The entire offense flowed through McKenna. In her position behind the cage, she was in control of the pace and position of the ball. McKenna fulfilled her role perfectly, scoring twice and tallying four assists.
Everly Kessler was a goal machine, scoring six times, several of them off of penalty shots. She was simply unstoppable. Kessler also served well during faceoffs.
Constantino was a brick wall behind the goal. Her saves to goals allowed ratio was an impressive 11-3, keeping a firm hold on the early lead that the Red Rams offense provided.
J-D will have a chance to extend their winning streak to five games this Thursday at 7:00 pm, when they will travel to Central Square to take on the Redhawks.