Overtime Winner: Jamesville-DeWitt takes down defending NYS Champion Victor
Jamesville-DeWitt has long been among the top boys lacrosse programs in all of New York State.
However, Saturday's challenge offered something the Red Rams had yet to see: A defending New York State Champion.
The Victor Blue Devils, last year's Class A State Champion out of Section Five in Rochester, paid a visit to DeWitt on Saturday afternoon.
J-D jumped out to the early 3-0 lead, thanks to goals from Ryan Archer and Griffin Cook.
The Blue Devils eventually fought their way back, tying the game at 8-8 with a goal in the final seconds.
The game went to overtime, and in the extra session, J-D won the faceoff and quickly called a timeout to diagram a play.
The final play began with the ball in Cook's stick, who passed it off for Casey Platenik, who then found Joseph Kiesa in traffic for the game-winner.
"We knew what set we were in," Kiesa said while a teammate dumped water over his head in celebration. "I know the crease is my spot where I usually put it away. So, I just did my job and finished."
"Honestly, it was just making the last play. I've got a lot of respect for that team," J-D head coach Jamie Archer responded, referring to Victor's success as a lacrosse program. "Those guys fight for everything. They made us grind it out. It was just a matter of who was going to make the last play. We happened to be the one."