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Boston Box Lacrosse League:

With only one week left in the fall session The Blazers and Bullseye will battle it out for the top seed on December 2nd. The two teams have split the season series thus far with Bullseye winning the first game 8-5. The Blazers won round two 9-5, holding Bullseye to one first half goal. Judging by the two contests goals will be at a premium. I would expect both teams to be at full strength for this one.

The Blazers are a very strong left handed team with Brandon Dube, Marty Bowes and Kurt Hunziker. Dube is up to 2nd in points (17-8), despite only playing in five games. Randy Fraser, Garrett Naime and Nick Coppola give The Blazers balance on the right side as all three are in the top 20 in scoring.

Bullseye on the other hand will attack mainly from the right side with Greg Lally (12-11), Mark Goodrich (13-9) and Beau Wood (16-5), all are in the top ten in points in the BBLL.

The Blazers have given up a league low 51 goals and Joe Evans is the top goaltender with an 81% save Pct. However BullsEye has plenty of size and athleticism to go along with Chuck Jaffe in the net. These two teams are the favorites to meet for a fourth time on Championship Night.

The 3rd and 4th seeds have already been decided with MegaMen and Primetime occupying those spots. Primetime upset MegaMen last time out. Primetime doesn’t look good in the standings at this time, but they have looked much better the last 2-3 weeks. Don’t be surprised to see Primetime beat MegaMen for a second time.

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Black Wolves:

We are getting closer to the start of the NLL season and two weeks of Black Wolves training camp is in the books. The Black Wolves look to be underdogs this year in the Eastern Conference. But, from all reports the team has had a spirited camp and have a good mix of veterans and rookies. Hopefully they will surprise some teams.

Marty Bowes signed a one year deal with the Black Wolves, only to be cut one day later. To me this could have been such a great story. Marty is a guy that has achieved so much in his lax career despite not having a lacrosse pedigree. He didn’t attend a fancy prep or private school coming out of Quincy HS. He went to Hartford and had a great career. He was a leading player for the Hawks on their America East title run in 2011.

Bowes has two MLL campaigns under his belt with the Cannons appearing in sixteen games. In the box he has represented the USA at a Bowhunter Cup. In the BBLL he has been a dominate force for The Blazers on their left side and in the transition game.

Having the chance to be around Marty you can see he puts a great deal of work into his strength and conditioning. Hopefully US Lacrosse will take notice as well. As I said in the last post I couldn’t believe he wasn’t put on the Team USA training roster for the upcoming World Indoor Tourney. Marty is an inspiration for young players and proves hard work and determination goes a long way.

I was disappointed to see Joe Evans released from the Black Wolves as well, I thought he would earn a roster spot. He continues to dominate the BBLL. I find it very hard to believe there were three goalies better than him in training camp.

The team will head to Buffalo next weekend for a scrimmage with the Bandits. The regular season can’t come fast enough for me.

U19 World Indoor:

Very exciting news this week as it was announced that there will be a U19 World Indoor Lacrosse event hosted by Iroquois Nationals. Just as exciting Randy Fraser has been named Head Coach. To me Randy is a giant in US box lacrosse. As an NLL player, Team USA player, Captain and coach he has seen and done it all for box lacrosse in this country. Has to be mentioned Randy does a great job operating the BBLL and can still play at a very high level.

The event will take place September 11-13. Those interested in trying out information is on the US Indoor website. Great to see the growth of the box game in the USA.