Shannon’s 4-goal performance earns Legit Lacrosse MVP honors
Known for its offense all summer long, Team Steak used a suffocating defense to finish off an undefeated summer, capturing the Boston Box Lacrosse League summer championship with a 7-5 win over the Penguins at South Shore Sports Center on August 11.
In a game that saw no goals scored until midway through the first half, Team Steak watched a 4-3 halftime edge evaporate in the first seven minutes of the second stanza. But after Drew Adams finished a pass from Bennett Curcuru to give the Penguins their first lead of the game at 5-4, Team Steak rallied offensively and shut out the underdogs for the last 13:30 of the game to claim their crown.
Mark Goodrich tied the score at 5 with a diving goal, making up for an earlier diving goal that was waved off when he was judged to be in the crease. With just under nine minutes remaining, Tommy Shannon made the extra pass to Gabe Maxwell, who scored just as a Team Steak man-up opportunity was ending. Maxwell then returned the favor four minutes later, allowing Shannon to complete a hat trick with an insurance goal.
Shannon – who added six loose balls to his three goals and an assist – earned Legit Lacrosse “Hero of the Game” honors. Teddy Strzetelski made 25 saves on the night for Team Steak, while Karl Hoffman made 27 for the Penguins.
In the nightcap, the Gaels got their first win of the summer by taking the consolation game from the Regals by a final of 17-13. Mike Rasmussen led the scoring with five goals for the winners, with Brendan Burke, Tyler Powers and Trevor O’Brien all contributing hat tricks and at least two helpers, as the Gaels broke a 9-9 tie with a late rally, and then were able to hold on for the first time all summer to end on a high note.
Beau Wood led the Regals with a 10-point night; his seven goals gave him 29 for the summer, making him not only the league leader but giving him more scores than any other player in the summer league had points. His 8 summer assists contributed to a league-best 37 total points.
The Gaels’ Ryan Stone grabbed 14 loose balls, a total that left him tied for the league lead in loosies with 53, a mark shared by the Penguins’ Kyle Danehy and Chris Curtis of the Regals. The Gaels’ Brad Marcotte lead the league in caused turnovers with 14, one ahead of Randy Fraser of the Regals.
With the end of the summer season, the Boston box Lacrosse League moves towards its “regular season,” which starts in the fall. The Boston Box Lacrosse League plays at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham. For stats, standings and more information on the league – or to apply for a roster spot with a team — 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 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.