Boston Box Lacrosse League:
The BBLL is two weeks into the 2014 fall session and a re-tooled MegaMen squad stands as the only unbeaten thus far. They look to have a lethal left side this season with Brian Krol, Mike Maggio and Bryan Bending. Maggio (week#1) and Bending (week #2) have been named Marc Mesh players of the week. Krol is the league leader with 9 points on 8 goals.
Although losing a close 10-8 game last week to MegaMen the Blazers rebounded with a 14-6 win over Primetime. Randy Fraser is leading the offense again this year and backed up by a very solid defense led by goalie Joe Evans. The Blazers have allowed a league low 16 goals over the first two weeks. Brandon Dube and Marty Bowes have yet to hit the floor the season, their additions will certainly add the the offense.
BullsEye is also 1-1 tied with the Blazers after getting beaten by MegaMen 22-13. They have given up a league high 30 goals, but Chuck Jaffe’s squad is more than capable and is loaded with talent. I have been impressed so far by Tufts’ star attackman Beau Wood who has 6 points on 4 goals over the first two weeks
Last year Primetime was a big surprise bringing in talent like Will Manny and Dave Lawson. Neither appear to be back this year, so the offensive load will have to be carried by Jason Wellemeyer. He has scored six of their league low 14 goals so far losing to both BullsEye and Blazers.
Next week Blazers will face BullsEye and MegaMen look to continue their high scoring vs Primetime. For complete stats check out bostonboxlax.com and give them a follow on Twitter @bostonboxlax
Bowhunter Cup Fiasco:
I was hoping to give a full recap of the Bowhunter cup this week, but as most know US Lacrosse backed out of the event at the last minute. By most accounts US Lacrosse is coming off as the bad guy in this situation. There is plenty of finger pointing that went on, but the take a way is this: The Bowhunter is a great event for Box Lacrosse and it is a shame that it won’t come off this year. It was also fun to see so many Boston Box players participate last year. The event was supposed to be held in Buffalo and it would have been great to have a crowd in Banditland. I also liked the timing of the event. It is after the Canadian box season and before the start of NLL training camps.
US Lacrosse has assembled a great staff led by Tony Resch to lead the effort and putting the team together for the World Championships next year. Coach Resch and staff have a great pedigree, but they were named only about a month ago. In their estimation not enough time to put a competitive team on the floor. That is very debatable. Let’s give USL the benefit of the doubt though.
There has been nothing posted regarding team selection and upcoming events. Let’s hope some of the top box players from the Boston area will be given every opportunity to make Team USA. As far as the bigger picture goes I am very interested to see how much US Lacrosse invests in the indoor game. In the recent past they have done virtually nothing to promote box lacrosse. The staff they have put in place has a ton of NLL experience and there are many good American Box players, some not many have heard of. Time will tell.
The biggest news to come from the Black Wolves the past couple of weeks was the signing of Steven Keogh to an offer restricted free agent offer sheet from Rochester. The Knighthawks were quick to match the offer though. Nice thought though!
However, Luke Wiles was signed from Buffalo. The veteran has amassed 479 points in 128 NLL games. This along with the Brett Bucktooth signing gives the Black Wolves veteran scoring from the right side. In Vancouver he has scored over 40 points the last three seasons and has 223 points in 88 career games.