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Section 3 lacrosse: Jamesville-DeWitt overwhelms Carthage

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CICERO — Jamesville-DeWitt once again proved its dominance as a force in Section 3 boys lacrosse on Saturday night.

Junior Griffin Fiener totaled 10 points, including eight goals, and senior Jordan Evans scored four goals and assisted on five others as the top-seeded Red Rams rolled past second-seeded Carthage, 23-9, in the Class B final on a brisk evening at Cicero-North Syracuse to claim their fifth consecutive sectional championship.

“We’ve had some talented groups come through here,” Jamesville-DeWitt coach Jamie Archer said, “but the depth of this senior class is something we haven’t had. We’ve had some large senior classes, but this team has more contributors than all the others.”

The Comets, ranked 10th in the state in Class B, once again met their match in the Red Rams (17-1), who are ranked second in the state and have won two state titles over the past three years.

“We played them tough last year,” said Carthage coach Kirk Ventiquattro, whose team lost to Jamesville-DeWitt, 13-7, in last year’s Class B final. “I think this year, J-D is a little bit better.”

“This is a great win because this is four in a row [sectional titles] for us as a senior group,” Evans said. “And now it’s about getting ready for the state tournament.”

Carthage (16-2), which was beaten in the sectional final for the third consecutive year — each time to J-D, stayed with the Red Rams for nearly the first 20 minutes of the first half.

“Our game plan was not to stop Jordan Evans, but we knew we had to slow him down some how,” Comets senior defender Taylor Morgan said. “They’re a tough team to defend against.”

After Carthage rallied to within two goals, the Red Rams responded by scoring five consecutive goals, including three scores within a span of one minute and five seconds, to close the first half to build an 11-4 edge.

“Our defense hung in there at first and we responded to their goals in the first half,” Morgan said. “They really wanted it and we couldn’t keep up with them.”

While the Comets allowed double-digits in goals in a game for the first time this season, it was also held to only four goals in the first half.

Senior Scott Firman, who along with Evans will attend Syracuse University to play lacrosse, led J-D’s defensive effort.

“The Firman kid did a great job picking up enough ground balls so they we were able to play their style,” Ventiquattro said. “They’re a talented team.”

After the Red Rams jumped out to a 5-1 edge through the opening quarter, Carthage pulled within two goals twice in the second period, including at 6-4 as Casey Boulio scored from Seth Leonard with 5:02 left.

But J-D would strike only 12 seconds later as after the Comets won the faceoff, Firman stripped the ball away to set up a fast break and Ryan McKee finished off a pass from Lucas Johnson.

Just 42 seconds later, Evans converted on a feed from Johnson for an 8-4 edge and Mike Engstrom followed with an unassisted goal with 3:45 left for a 9-4 lead.

“That’s what happens — we like to push the ball,” Archer said. “And because we like to push the ball, we have like moments like that.”

The onslaught continued as Evans and McKee each followed with a goal as the Red Rams closed the first half on a 5-0 surge.

“J-D is a team of runs,” Morgan said. “We had some highs and lows ... But J-D is a lot like West Genesee, they just keep coming at us.”

Morgan would score an unassisted goal 1:01 into the second half, but J-D would score six of the next eight goals to lead 17-7 through three quarters.

Senior Joe Shapiro made eight saves for the Red Rams.

Leonard scored three goals and assisted on two others to lead the Comets, and Boulio and Bailey Wilkenson each scored twice.

Junior goalie Trevor Gibbons finished with 13 saves for Carthage.

“I wasn’t dissatisfied with our effort or our plan,” Ventiquattro said. “We just needed to be better possessing the ball and we just didn’t. We had too many turnovers that turned into too many chances for them.”

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