The Vermont Voyageurs and Boston Blazers split a pair of exhibition games held during the Voyageurs training-camp weekend in Burlington, Vt., on May 2-3.
The Blazers – an all-star team representing the Boston Box Lacrosse League – dropped the weekend’s first game 10-5, but rallied to take the second 16-13.
“The Voyageurs are a first-class organization, and a number of their players are part of our league, and many guys from our league aspire to play with them, so this was good for everyone,” said Randy Fraser, who runs the BBLL and led the Blazers team in Burlington. “These were fun, hard-fought games. It was a win-win weekend for both sides, on the floor and off.”
The weekend’s first game was a low-scoring affair, with the Voyageurs led by their usual offensive suspects, Ethan Farrell, Greg Rogowski, Brandon Dube and Trevor Wagar. After getting out to a 2-0 lead, the Blazers struggled to find their offensive chemistry; Ryan Danehy led the team with a pair of goals.
That chemistry showed up down the stretch in the second game, however, as the Blazers started clicking and came from behind to split the weekend series. Dan Hettler led the way with a four-goal, two-assist performance with Jared Boudreau and Kyle Barnett both contributing hat tricks and Ken Keirstead adding two goals and two helpers. Farrell, Rogowski, Dube and Kyle Baker all had at least three goals and multiple assists to account for virtually all of the Vermont points on the day.
With the weekend and training camp now over, the Voyageurs prepare for their regular season in the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League, which opens May 9 against the Kahnawake Mohawks at the Essex Skating Facility in Essex Junction, Vt. For more information on the team, its players and schedule, go to vermontvoyageurs.com.
The Boston Box Lacrosse League returns to action with its annual summer league, which will run at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass. from June 16 through August 11. Registration for the summer league is now open at bostonboxlax.com