Randy Fraser’s 5-point night earns Marc Mesh Player of the Week honors
Brandon Dube scored off a feed from Randy Fraser with 8.1 seconds remaining in regulation as the defending-champion Blazers narrowly escaped an upset-minded PrimeTime squad 10-9 in semi-final action of the Boston Box Lacrosse League on Dec. 9, setting up a final against the MegaMen, who took down BullsEye 11-9 in the night’s other semi-final.
In the opening game, the Blazers jumped out to a 5-1 lead over PrimeTime, which had won just one game during the regular season. PrimeTime closed the gap to 5-4 by the half and took the lead down the stretch, before giving up a game-tying goal with just under four minutes remaining in regulation. A double-minor penalty with 2:10 remaining in the game set up the Blazers for a man advantage that would have lasted into overtime, but the game never got that far; the Blazers called timeout after snagging a rebound with 15.6 seconds left, called a play coming out of the break and saw Dube come off a hard pick to take the feed from Fraser in the slot, slipping his third goal of the night just under the crossbar for the win.
Fraser ended the evening with two goals and three assists and a team-high six loose balls and two caused turnovers for the Blazers. Dube had four points on the night. Kurt Hunziker and Marty Bowes each scored twice for the Blazers.
League-leading goal-scorer Jason Wellemeyer bagged four markers on the night, with Ken Keirstead contributing three. Mike Vergano stopped 32 shots on the night, keeping things tight even as PrimeTime lost the battle for loose balls (46-56) and shots on goal (30-42) by a wide margin.
The nightcap started in a similar fashion to the opener, with MegaMen racing out to a 5-0 lead, only to see BullsEye close the gap to one before a late spurt put the MegaMen on top at the break 8-5. After the MegaMen extended the lead early in the second half, BullsEye clawed back to make the game 9-8 with just under seven minutes remaining. Mike Maggio’s third goal of the night broke that run and the MegaMen held on down the stretch to return to the finals for the first time in more than a year.
Maggio, Brian Krol and Bobby Dabrieo each had hat tricks for the MegaMen, who also got a goal and four assists from Bryan Bendig and a goal and an assist from Dan Hettler. Chris Hettler made 25 saves for the MegaMen. Ben Smith led BullsEye with a hat trick, while Mark Goodrich, Brett Serriello and Greg Lally had multi-point nights.
The semi-final results set up the Fall finals on Dec. 16 at 9 p.m., with the Blazers and MegaMen meeting for the fourth time. The MegaMen won the season-opening game 10-8, but were blown out in the two subsequent meetings between the teams. BullsEye and PrimeTime will meet in the consolation game at 10.
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.
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