Brandon Dube, Joe Evans, Ryan Stone and Kyle Barnett – all members of the champion Blazers – headline the Boston Box Lacrosse League’s first-ever all-star team for their play during the Fall 2014 session. Dube led the league in points per game, scored game-winners in the last minute of both the semi-finals and title game and Evans topped the league both in save percentage and loose balls, in leading the Blazers to their crown.
The Joule BBLL All-Star team represents players who made the most significant input at their positions and to their teams. In a league with a lot of high-level, big-name players, selection to the All-Star team reflects a players contributions in games over the course of an entire session, rather than their reputation or what they achieve while playing just a few games.
Not surprisingly, the Blazers led the league with five selections from the 14 players spread over the first- and second-team All-Star squads. BullsEye had four selections, the MegaMen three and PrimeTime two.
The Joule BBLL All-Stars are:
First team, BBLL squad (college/pro/international experience), key stats:
Forwards: Brandon Dube, Blazers (Endicott/Vermont Voyageurs/Kentucky Stickhorses), 26 goals, 10 assists, 36 points, 39 loose balls (in eight games); Dan Hettler, MegaMen (Fairfield/Rhode Island Kingfish), 19-10-29, 45 loose balls
Transition: Ben Smith, BullsEye (Harvard/Johns Hopkins/Team Israel), 13-10-23, 50 loose balls, 13 caused turnovers
Defense: Kyle Barnett, Blazers (Keene State/Vermont Voyageurs/Boston Rockhoppers), 8 points, 36 loose balls, 13 caused turnovers; Peter Sessa, MegaMen (Springfield), 8 points, 37 loose balls, 17 caused turnovers
Specialist: Ryan Stone, Blazers (St. Anselm)
Goalie: Joe Evans, Blazers (Salisbury/Vermont Voyageurs), .797 save percentage, 6.90 goals-against average, 72 loose balls
Second team, BBLL squad (college/pro/international experience):
Forwards: Jason Wellemeyer, PrimeTime (Babson), 32 goals – 8 assists – 40 points, 58 loose balls, 10 caused turnovers; Nick Coppola, Blazers (Skidmore), 12-13-25 (in 9 games)
Transition: Mark Goodrich, BullsEye (Johns Hopkins), 16-10-26, 48 loose balls
Defense: Anthony Fitti, PrimeTime (UMass-Boston), 8 points, 69 loose balls, 21 caused turnovers; Ben Knapton, BullsEye (Hartford), 63 loose balls, 14 caused turnovers
Specialist: John Ortolani, BullsEye (Endicott/Boston Blazers/Rochester Rattlers), 46 loose balls
Goalie: Chris Hettler, MegaMen (Colgate/Boston Cannons), .701 save percentage, 71 loose balls, 3 assists
The Boston Box Lacrosse League is hosting a night of pick-up lacrosse on Dec. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
Photo courtesy Boston Box Lacrosse League