MegaWhales take wild 16-15 OT win over PrimeTime

Blazers’ goalie Joe Evans is ‘Legit Player of the Week’ after win over Bullseye

Mark Goodrich’s goal 54 seconds into overtime held off an improbable PrimeTime comeback and gave the MegaWhales a 16-15 win and first place in the Boston Box Lacrosse League after four weeks of play.

The game saw seven ties and eight lead changes and significant runs for both sides, with PrimeTime jumping out to a 6-2 lead, being tied up at 7 and then scoring the last two of the first half to take a 9-7 lead to the break. The MegaWhales scored the first three goals of the second stanza to take a lead and the teams then swapped goals until the score was tied at 12, when the Whales netted three goals, appearing to put the game away.

In the final minute of regulation, however, PrimeTime had its most significant run, capped by Ken Keirstead’s eighth goal of the night with 12.3 seconds remaining to knot the score at 15 and force extra time. It marked the second time in three weeks that the MegaWhales had surrendered a lead in the final minute, the first time resulting in the team’s only loss of the session, to Bullseye, in a game that also finished 16-15.

PrimeTime took the opening faceoff in overtime and, coming out of a timeout, saw a quality shot snuffed by MegaWhales goalie Chris Hettler; the MegaWhales called timeout thereafter and set up Goodrich’s goal on the ensuing possession.

Bryan Bendig led the MegaWhales with four goals and three assists, while Mike Maggio chipped in three goals and three helpers. Goodrich’s game-winner capped a four-point night, with Jordan Greenfield adding two goals for the winners.

PrimeTime got eight markers from Keirstead, plus a hat trick from Connor MacNeil and multi-point games from Jason Wellemeyer, Spencer Low and Kyle Guilbert.

In the opening game on Oct. 27, the Blazers scored on four of five man-up opportunities and used an early second-half run to take down Bullseye 15-10. Greg Rogowski led the offense with three goals and three helpers, while Marty Bowes and Garrett Naimie added hat tricks. Brandon Dube, Randy Fraser and defender Mike Nadler all scored twice, with Kyle Baker picking up three assists to help key the offense.

The big difference-maker, however, was goalie Joe Evans, who made 37 saves and never let Bullseye close the gap despite Bullseye having the edge in loose balls and shots on goal. That effort earned Evans “Legit Player of the Week” honors,

Beau Wood led the losers with four goals and an assist, while league-leading scorer Tom Compitello put up three points.

The BBLL resumes play on November 3, completing the first of three round-robins on its fall-winter schedule with the Blazers and Bullseye trying to tie MegaWhales for the league lead at 3-1. Bullseye plays PrimeTime at 9 p.m., followed by the Blazers against team Legit 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.