Brandon Dube’s 5 goals wins ‘Legit Player of the Week’ honors
Brandon Dube’s three unassisted second-half goals were one more than the MegaWhales could muster, as Dube and the Blazers captured an 8-7 win in a nail-biter at South Shore Sports Center on Dec. 1. For the Blazers, the game evened the season series with the Whales – who won 10-9 on Oct. 20 – and cemented the team’s hold on first place with a big game against Bullseye on tap for Dec. 8.
After the Blazers took a 3-1 lead 10 minutes into the opening half, the MegaMen rallied to tie the score at 3 and to take a 5-4 lead before Marty Bowes finished a Randy Fraser feed to knot the score at halftime.
Dube scored twice in the first two minutes of the second half to give the Blazers a lead, and the two teams then went scoreless for more than 16 minutes – with goalies Chris Hettler for the MegaWhales and Joe Evans for the Blazers trading big stops – until Mark Goodrich drew the MegaWhales to within one when he cashed in a Mike Maggio feed.
The MegaWhales had a chance to tie things up with Ira Caton in the penalty box after the ensuing face-off, but the Blazers penalty kill not only escaped unscathed but saw Dube score his fifth goal of the night right as the penalty-kill ended with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. While Grant Whiteway scored on a slick feed from Peter Sessa to make it a one-goal game with 36 seconds left, the MegaWhales could not convert on their final possession to force overtime.
Dube’s five goals – to go with nine loose balls – earned Legit Player of the Week honors. Bowes and Fraser both finished with three points for the winners. Maggio had four points to lead the MegaWhales.
In the nightcap, Team Legit came back from an early deficit – scoring four of the last five goals of the half – to reach the break down 9-7. After a Bullseye goal off the second-half whistle, Legit canned four straight goals to take an 11-10 lead, only to see Bullseye take off on a six-goal run that, effectively, put the game away.
The game proved to be a battle of the 44s, as Bullseye’s Chris Curtis – who wears 44 for the yellow squad – finished with seven goals and an assist in the win, while Legit’s 44, Bryce Serriello, had five goals and two helpers.
Bullseye also got four goals and an assist from Greg Lally, saw four-point nights from Tom Compitello and Beau Wood and got two goals and an assist each from Jimmy Murphy and Chris Breiner. Legit, meanwhile, got two goals each from Brandon Keith, Sean Lawton and Ryan Murphy in the loss.
The results tighten up the BBLL standings with all teams now at least halfway into their fall-winter season. The Blazers stand in first but face second-place Bullseye in the 9 p.m. game on Dec. 8, followed by PrimeTime returning to action against the MegaWhales.
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.