Fraser, Grant earn honors as ‘Legit Heroes of the Game”
The Penguins cashed in a rally against the Regals when it mattered most, rallying from a late deficit to score the game’s last four goals to claim a 14-11 upset that put them into the Summer Boston Box Lacrosse League Championship game August 11 against Team Steak.
The Penguins held a 7-5 lead at halftime, but the Regals tied the game at 7 with 20 minutes remaining. From there, the lead changed hands four times. After the Regals took a lead, Kerry Lyne knotted the game back up at 10 with eight minutes on the clock, only to see Luke Bernasconi take the ensuing draw and score for the Regals seconds later.
From there, it was the Brendan Grant show for the Penguins, however, as Grant scored to tie the game at 11 with 4:05 remaining, then caused a turnover that led to Spencer Low’s eventual game-winner with 2:20 left, finally adding an insurance marker with a minute left in the game.
For his efforts – four goals, three assists and three caused turnovers, to go with sic loose balls – Grant was named the Legit Lacrosse “Hero of the Game.” Grant had plenty of help, however, as Jason Wellemeyer netted four goals and two assists, Lyne added a hat trick, face-off specialist Kyle Danehy registered 15 loose balls and Tyler Low led the defense with nine loose balls of his own.
The Regals – who had defeated the Penguins in two close previous meetings – were led by hat tricks from Beau Wood and Brandon Keith, and a five-point night from Brandon Dube.
The Penguins will meet undefeated Team Steak, which claimed its place in the finals by racing out to a 10-2 halftime edge over the winless Gaels, with Pat Fraser registering points on half of those goals. Fraser finished his night with four goals, three assists, and team highs in loose balls (7) and caused turnovers (3), earning Legit Hero of the Game honors in the process. Tim Bulens added five goals and an assist in the win, with Will Walker, Gabe Maxwell and Harrison Lane all adding multi-point games. Brendan Burke and Trevor O’Brien both registered two goals and a helper for the Gaels.
The August 4 action sets up a finals match-up between Team Steak and the Penguins at 8:30 on August 11, followed by a consolation game between the Regals and Gaels.
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.
Legit Lacrosse operates lacrosse superstores in Hanover and Mashpee, Mass.; throughout the summer league playoffs, the company awarding “Hero of the Game” honors – including HERO Mesh stringing kits — for the player judged to have exhibited distinguished ability and sportsmanship in the league’s highest-stakes games.
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.