Blazers come away victorious:
For the third consecutive session The Blazers captured the BBLL title this past week at the Hingham Sports Center. The Blazers who were the number one seed heading into the playoffs had to withstand two very tough games for their title.
In the semifinal Primetime proved to be a very tough out. We had said in the last posting Primetime had shown much improvement in the last few weeks and always give a great effort. That was certainly the case here. After falling down 5-1 in the first half Primetime actually took a lead with less than five minutes to play. League leading point and goal scorer Jason Wellmeyer and Boston Cannon Matt Smalley caused the Blazer defense problems all game.
But, Randy Fraser seemed to turn back the clock to his NLL days and took over down the stretch. Most impressive was a diving goal that tied the game around the 3 minute mark. Fraser was named player of the game for his 2 goal 3 assist 6 loose ball effort.
With the game tied at nine Primetime took a penalty with less than two minutes left including a contentious unsportsmanlike call to put the Blazers on the power play. The Blazers called timeout at around the 20 second mark and Fraser set up Brandon Dube on a perfectly executed play for the game winner.
The second semi final was a tossup with BullsEye taking on the MegaMen. The MegaMen made it three wins in four games against Chuck Jaffe’s squad 10-8. Much like the first game MegaMen jumped on BullsEye 5-0. But, as the game wore one BullsEye chipped away. But in the end MegaMen had too much balance on offense for BullsEye to overcome. BullsEye had one of the more athletic teams but their lack of scoring punch on the left side left them a little short in the end. Bryan Bending only had one goal on the night, but set up four others. The MegaMen are a different team when he is on the floor and opens things up for their high powered offense.
The final felt very similar to the semi as The Blazers jumped all over the Megamen taking a 7-1 halftime lead. Garret Naime had a great first half netting 2 goals and assisting on another. It looked like the game was over at that point, but someone forgot to let the MegaMen know. The Blazers let their guard down and MegaMen were able to gain momentum. Bending started heating up and The Blazers were careless in their own end, it seemed like déjà vu as the game was tied with less than two minutes to go.
However, for the second week in a row Brandon Dube hit a beautiful shot to put The Blazers up with 54 seconds on the clock. The MegaMen still had life as they were able to draw a foul on a dubious call with 20 seconds left. The Megamen were able to pull their goalie for a 6 on 4 advantage. Dan Hettler got a great look at the cage as time expired, but his shot hit the cross bar and the final was 9-8 in favor of The Blazers. Another session came to a close with The Blazers on top, the winter 2015 session promises to be a hard fought battle, Can The Blazers remain on top?
A huge shout out goes to Randy Fraser and Chuck Jaffe, under their stewardship the BBLL continues to improve and provide quality box lacrosse. For more stats and stories always check out bostonboxlax.com.
BBLL names All Star Team:
For the first time the BBLL has named an All Star team this past week.
Brandon Dube, Blazers: Would also be my pick for MVP. Blazers were unbeaten while he was in the lineup. Led the Blazer leftside with 26g and 10a. Scored the game winners in semifinal and final. Blazers were unbeaten when he was in the lineup. Played in eight of eleven games. Still in contention for a Team USA world indoor spot.
Dan Hettler, MegaMen: The righty had a strong campaign with 19g and 10a. Led MegaMen to a final appearance. Excellent vision.
Ben Smith, BullsEye. The former Harvard Crimson and current Team Israel was a factor on both ends of the floor with his size and athleticism. He scored 13 goals and 10 assists while collecting 50 loose balls.
Kyle Barnett, Blazers. Showed the ability to run the floor and start fast breaks in addition to playing tough man to man defense. Scored 5 goals, 3 assists and had 36 loose balls in 8 games.
Peter Sessa, MegaMen: The defender scored 1 goal added 7 assists and 37 loose balls. Also, had a healthy six penalties on the campaign.
Faceoff: Ryan Stone, Blazers: Although official faceoff stats were not kept, Stoney had a great session gathering 32 loose balls and adding an assist. He appeared in all eleven games.
Goalie: Joe Evans, Blazers: Continues his run of great play with 299 saves, good for a 79% save PCT. Like Dube, the Vermont Voyager still remains in contention for a Team USA spot.
Forwards: Jason Wellemeyer, Primetime. Nick Coppola, Blazers
Transition: Mark Goodrich, BullsEye
Defense: Anthony Fitti, Primetime. Ben Knapton, MegaMen
Faceoff: John Ortolani, BullsEye
Goalie: Chris Hettler, MegeMen