Inside The Boards

Boston Box Lacrosse League:

The BBLL is now six weeks into the 2014 fall session and it is looking like this may be one of the most competitive sessions I have seen. The MegaMen and the Blazers are top atop the league with 4-2 records. A dangerous Bullseye is 3-3 while Primetime is at the bottom with a 1-5 mark. However, they scored an exciting 14-12 upset over The MegaMen in week 6. The next three weeks will determine playoff position for what promises to be a great finish to the 2014 Fall Campaign. Let’s take a quick snapshot at the teams and see how they stack up.

MegaMen (4-2): Both MegaMen losses have occurred with Bryan Bendig out of the line up. The former NLLer brings so much to the experience and leadership to the MegaMen, when teamed up with Brian Krol and Mike Maggio their left side is very formidable.

Blazers (4-2): It is no coincidence that The Blazers have not lost since Brandon Dube has returned to the line up. The Vermont Voyager and Team USA hopeful plays with great knowledge and skill on the floor. In a league that is loaded with outstanding lefthanded forwards, Dube is the best.

The Blazers also boast the league’s best goals against with only 40 goals allowed through the first six weeks (The next closest is Bullseye with 65 goals allowed). I don’t think anyone would argue Joe Evans is the best goalie in the league. Like Dube, Evans plays for the Voyagers and is a strong Team USA candidate for the FIL Indoor Games this summer.

In front of Evans The Blazers have a very deep defensive group led by Mike Nadler, Zack Taylor and Kyle Barnett.

Bullseye (3-3): Although the record is only .500 this is a dangerous team, particularly on the offensive end. Former Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark Goodrich continues to impress both passing and shooting. He along with Beau Wood, Ryan Denehy and Ben Smith give Bullseye a great deal of size and athleticism from the right side.

Rochester Rattler John Ortolani will usually give them extra possessions in the faceoff game as well.

Primetime (1-5): Scored their first win over MegaMen in a spirited game in which they played with a great deal of heart. As I pointed out Bendig was out for Megamen, but they still put a strong team on the floor.

Jason Wellmeyer is having a great season leading his team and the BBLL in goals scored with 22 markers on 51 shots on goal, this guy continues to improve his game and is clearly one of the best lefty’s in the league.