Ryan Stone dominates X to earn Marc Mesh Player of the Week honors
In a tight, even match, the Blazers capitalized on a few key mistakes and then rode the play of faceoff specialist Ryan Stone, sniper Brandon Dube and goalie Joe Evans to a 10-8 win over BullsEye to capture the Fall 2014 Boston Box Lacrosse League regular-season title. The two-time defending champs will attempt to three-peat beginning Dec. 9 when the BBLL playoff round begins at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham.
The Blazers-BullsEye game was evenly matched throughout. BullsEye had the slight edge in loose balls 46-45, but the Blazers had the edge in shots-on-goal (37-36) and saves (28-27), but the big edge for the champs came in star performances. Dube netted five goals to lead the way, Stone grabbed up eight loose balls – by far the most on his team – but seemed to win nearly every other draw out to teammates to prevent BullsEye from putting a run together, and Evans performed as expected from the league leader in save percentage, frustrating BullsEye throughout.
The game’s deciding stretch came shortly after a back-and-forth first half ended with a 4-3 Blazers lead. BullsEye committed consecutive too-many-men-on-the-field violations, and surrendered a goal during the first slow-whistle situation, then two goals during the extended man-down situation. From there, they could never close the gap to less than two.
Nick Coppola chipped in three goals and two assists for the victors, who also got multi-point nights from Kurt Hunziker and Randy Fraser. BullsEye was led by Beau Wood’s hat trick, with Dan DiMaria sniping two goals on high outside bounce shots.
In other action from Dec. 2, the MegaMen downed PrimeTime 15-7, led by Bryan Bendig’s 4-goal, 1-assist night and Brian Krol’s hat trick. Albert Mitchell, Dan Hettler, Bobby Dabrieo, Kyle Minaker and Steve Zella all had multi-point nights for the MegaMen. Ken Keirstead led PrimeTime with a hat trick, while Matt Smalley, Jason Wellemeyer and Brendan Grant registered multiple points on the night.
The night’s action left the Blazers in first, meaning they will face PrimeTime at 9 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the opening round of the playoffs. The nightcap will feature MegaMen and BullsEye, who finished tied for second in the standings; the MegaMen won the season-series between the two teams.
The Boston Box Lacrosse League plays at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham. For stats, standings and more information on the league, go to BostonBoxLax.com. The league posts announcements and commentary on Twitter and can be followed @BostonBoxLax.
Marc Mesh Player of the Week honors go to the individual whose all-around play had the most influence on his team’s overall performance. Marc Mesh offers 100 percent nylon mesh that is the favored pocket for many professional box and field lacrosse players; information is avaialable at bluecollarlacrosse.com/MarcMesh.php.
South Shore Sports Center is located at 55 Recreation Park Drive in Hingham; fans and friends can watch games from the arena seating or at the Skybox Lounge, where food and drinks are served. Information is available at southshoresportscenter.com.