Blazers Win BBLL Crown on Last-Minute Goal

Garrett Naimie earns title-game Marc Mesh Player of the Week honors

For the second straight week, Brandon Dube netted the game-winner in the last minute of regulation play, allowing the defending-champion Blazers to retain their crown by fending off the MegaMen in the Fall 2014 Boston Box Lacrosse League Championship game at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham on Dec. 16.

The MegaMen fell behind 7-1, dominated the second half to tie the game at 8 with minutes remaining and nearly forced overtime, as Dan Hettler clanged a shot off the post with under 10 seconds remaining in the game.

Garrett Naimie earned Marc Mesh Player of the Week honors for his four-point night, registering points on the Blazers first three scores of the night and setting up the Blazers lone goal to stem the MegaMen onslaught in the second half. Naimie added six loose balls and a caused turnover on the night. Dube and Gabe Maxwell both finished with two goals, while Marty Bowes had a goal and three assists for the champs. It was the Blazers’ third straight fall/winter session championship.

Garrett Naimie in action
Garrett Naimie in action

Bryan Bendig led the MegaMen with three goals and an assist. Bobby Dabrieo, Mike Maggio, Kyle Minaker all scored one goal and one assist for the MegaMen.

Both teams put 39 shots on goal during the contest, with the Blazers Joe Evans and Mega’s Chris Hettler repeatedly frustrating the shooters, finishing with 38 and 37 saves respectively.

In the nightcap, PrimeTime won its second game of the fall session, downing BullsEye 13-7 as Jason Wellemeyer, Mike Stone and Kevin Gould all finished with four points on the night. Wellemeyer was the league’s leading goal- and point-scorer this session, finishing with 32 scores and 40 points. Bendig led the league in points per game – narrowly edging Dube – with 4.83 per game played. The Blazers’ Randy Fraser and BullsEye’s Greg Lally finished tied for the league lead in assists with 15, while Joe Evans was the league’s top goaltender with a save percentage of .797.

The Boston Box Lacrosse League will hold two nights of pick-up lacrosse on Dec. 23 and 30 at the South Shore Sports Center, for players who want to try box lacrosse or who are interested in playing in the league’s winter or summer sessions. Play begins at 7 and runs until 8:30; players at pick-up games will owe $20 per night.

The BBLL’s 2015 winter session starts on January 6; players interested in getting a roster spot should send an e-mail to bostonboxlax@gmail.com.

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.