Blazers fall to MegaWhales 10-9; Bullseye tops Legit

Mark Goodrich’s 5-point night keys win, earns ‘Legit Player of the Week’ honors

The defending-champion Blazers suffered their first Boston Box Lacrosse League defeat in more than a year, falling 10-9 to the MegaWhales in a hard-fought game that saw six ties and six lead-changes.

In a game of runs, it was a late three-goal outburst that allowed the MegaWhales to turn an 8-7 deficit into a 10-8 lead that they were able to protect for the game’s last three minutes. The Blazers took a first-half lead with a late three-goal run, only to see the MegaWhales respond with four, before another three-goal stretch gave the Blazers their final lead at 8-7

Mark Goodrich and Mike Maggio led the MegaWhales with three goals each, with Grant Whiteway adding a pair. Chris Hettler stopped 23 shots to earn the win. Goodrich earned Legit Player of the Week honors with 6 loose balls, his three goals on five shots, plus 2 assists and a caused turnover.

The Blazers got two goals and two assists from Brandon Dube, Greg Rogowski added a pair and a helper and Marty Bowes and Garrett Naimie also posted multi-point nights. League-leading goalie Joe Evans made 21 saves in the loss. The Blazers last loss in BBLL action came on October 14, 2014; the team rebounded to win the fall 2014 session and the winter 2015 season.

In the nightcap, Team Legit continued its habit of strong starts and held a 5-4 lead over Bullseye with just 7:30 remaining in the first half. From there, however, Bullseye exploded for 15 goals en route to a 20-9 final.

Tom Compitello led Bullseye with 4 goals and 5 assists, while faceoff man Joe Nardella sparked the offense – and helped to answer virtually every Legit marker – with a goal and six assists. Greg Paul, Chris Breiner and Beau Wood registered hat tricks and Campbell Armstrong carded his first two markers of the season as 13 of Bullseye’s 14 runners was responsible for at least one point on the night.

Brandon Keith led Legit with four scores, while Bryce Serriello, Brett Serriello and Sean Lawton all had multi-point games. Legit also got 29 saves from goalie Chris Simms.

Next week, on October 27, Bullseye will try to protect its new position atop the standings against the Blazers, while the MegaWhales square off against PrimeTime in the nightcap.

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 Player of the Week honors go to the individual whose all-around contributions had the most significant impact to his team’s performance. Legit Lacrosse operates lacrosse superstores in Mashpee Commons and Hanover, Mass., with everything a player could possibly need to make his or her game legit, including a full selection of box equipment. For more information, go to legitlacrosse.com; on Twitter @LegitLacrosse.

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.