I’ve heard it called the greatest upset in state playoff history and one of the biggest ever.
I’m talking about John Jay’s 11-10 double-overtime win against Huntington in the downstate Class B semifinals, which we are featuring today in our “Blast from the Past” video series.
I strongly disagree. When John Jay and Huntington played during the regular season in 2007, Huntington pulled out a 9-6 win and John Jay played the game minus two-time all-America defenseman Ryder Bohlander (now at Maryland), who was attending his brother’s wedding that day.
So when the teams met again in the Class B state semifinals, I went in feeling it was a tossup.
Was it an upset? On paper, sure. I mean, Huntington entered the game with a 63-game winning streak, was ranked No. 1 in the nation and had two of the most publicized players in high school lax history twins Rhamel and Shamel Bratton, who are now starring at Virginia.
But Bohlander held Shamel Bratton in check and all-America attackman Brian Douglass (now at Yale) scored off a left-handed shot with nine seconds remaining in the second OT period as the Indians made the state finals for the first time.
Huntington was looking to become the first Long Island team to ever win three straight state titles.
John Jay, which had never won a game on Long Island, pulled out the win despite trailing 9-5 early in the fourth quarter.
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