Something happened to Fayetteville-Manlius just before halftime. Nobody can tell you what happened. All anybody knows is that something happened to allow Jamesville-Dewitt to take control of the game and it eventually led to F-M’s 14-8 loss.
Up until F-M (9-4, 6-1) lost its identity midway through the second quarter, the game was competitive and exciting for both sides and was living up to the contest that they had circled on the calendar.
The hometown Hornets were up 6-3 before J-D delivered a punch by scoring four straight goals right before the half and took advantage of the penalties that F-M was committing.
In the third quarter, the two teams began to renew the rivalry that had taken some time off. They got under one another’s skin and that’s when the Red Rams netted four consecutive goals.
Three of the four goals were scored within a 49-second time frame when F-M was a man down. And then, it wasn’t too long before J-D slipped in another goal to make it a 8-6 game early in the third quarter.
The Hornets quickly found themselves down by five goals after they were setback by more reactive penalties. They were called for a double penalty, a slash and then an unsportsmanlike conduct after the play was over.
Both head coaches highlighted the Hornet penalties after tthe game when they spoke to Nolan Weidner of Syracuse.com. J-D’s Jamie Archer said that you have to aim to score as many goals as you can when you have an extra man and “taking advantage” of penalties is “huge” and Chris Kenneally of F-M just stated that his team committed too many infractions
J-D had four players have great games that featured both goals and assists. Ryan Archer and Griffin Cook both had four scores and two helpers.
The Hornets tried to respond, but just didn’t have the firepower to get over the hump.
That idea began to formulate in the beginning of the game. F-M’s goalkeeper, Ryan Boshart, tried to give the Hornets energy when he had a great save in the first quarter, which ended up being one of his eight saves in the game.
As for the offense, F-M had four players with two points. Mac Fish recorded a goal and an assist and then Donovan Welsh, James Rettinger, and Nick Papa scored a couple of goals each.
Luke Burnam also scored, but, it wasn’t enough to give the Hornets the edge against J-D.