CROSS RIVER, N.Y. — It was better than anyone could ask for as the two best teams in Section 1 boys lacrosse met at John Jay High School on April 6 and went down to the wire.
Trailing 7-6 with just 10 seconds left, Yorktown’s Hunter Embury drove hard to the goal to attempt to tie the game but John Jay’s Thor Adamec was there to shut him down.
The crucial stop sealed a 7-6 victory against Yorktown, the Indians’ first win against the Huskers since April 3, 2010.
The victory ended John Jay’s 15-game losing streak to the Huskers and also Yorktown’s 26-game winning streak against Section 1 opponents.
“To defeat a team that’s nationally ranked and that has been beating us for eight straight years is an accomplishment,” Adamec said. “We will see them again in May and they will be a different team, so with this win off our back we can get back to business and play our ball one by one this year.”
A goal with 1:17 left in the opening half by Yorktown’s Jamison Embury (4G) cut the Indians’ halftime lead to 4-3.
“It’s definitely big to score before halftime to bring momentum through to the second half,” Embury said. “Down by two and to score to bring it within one always huge and gives us a better chance to win the game come second half.”
Embury scored the first two goals of the second half, the second coming with 3:55 remaining in the third quarter, to give Yorktown its first lead, 5-4.
“I saw them playing a little bit of a zone so once Shane Dahlke got the ball I crept up from X, caught it and buried it low and away,” Embury said. “It felt great to have the lead for first time but we have to capitalize on our opportunities and fix up our mistakes.”
Charlie Horan tied it at 5-5 for John Jay (2-1) with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter. Bryce Ford then scored 1:52 into the final quarter to give the Indians back the lead at 6-5.
John Jay’s Jack Gorman, with 8:18 left and Yorktown’s Hunter Embury, with 1:39 remaining, exchanged goals to finish the game’s scoring.
John Jay’s Thomas Beeby (1G, 1A), Dean Ford (1G), Sean Nolan (1G) and Michael Minard (1G) and Yorktown’s Blake Borges (1G), Dahlke (1A), Justin Comerford (1A) and Louis Ragusa (7 saves) also contributed to their team’s efforts.
“John Jay is a good team, very talented, and we are extremely excited to hopefully meet them again in playoffs,” Jamison Embury said.
More important than the game, the spotlight was properly shined on Conner Curran.
Curran is a seven-year old from Ridgefield, Conn., who’s fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His parents, Chris and Jessica Curran, are John Jay graduates who created the non-profit Kindness Over Muscular Dystrophy to help find a cure for the disease.
KOMD helmet stickers and warm-up shirts were worn by both teams.
Yorktown (4-2) also hosted and defeated Bridgewater Raritan 15-7 on April 3.