Bullseye faceoff specialist Joe Nardella wins ‘Legit Player of the Week’ award
After falling behind 2-0 and failing to score for the first 17 minutes of the game, Bullseye scored 14 of the next 15 goals to run away with a 16-6 victory against PrimeTime, securing a tie for second place as the Boston Box Lacrosse League reached its holiday break.
The first-place Blazers kept Team Legit winless, breaking a 2-2 tie with six consecutive goals and a dominant performance of their own en route to a 15-5 victory.
In the Dec. 15 opener, Chris Breiner keyed Bullseye’s climb from the early hole to a 4-2 lead at the break, registering a goal and two assists as the game’s momentum changed. Breiner got his third helper of the night as Bullseye opened the second stanza with a quick goal, and then contributed three scores as Bullseye put the rout on. Besides Breiner’s seven-point performance, Bullseye got hat tricks from Chris Curtis and Greg Lally, and multi-point nights from Greg Paul, Jimmy Murphy and defenders Jeff Chang and Ben Knapton. Chuck Jaffe had 24 saves in net.
The big difference-maker, however, was faceoff specialist Joe Nardella, who racked up 16 loose balls, an assist and two caused turnovers in a performance that earned “Legit Player of the Week” honors; Nardella has a dominant lead in the BBLL statistics for loosies, having grabbed 81 in just seven games played, more than 30 ahead of his nearest competitor.
Brendan Grant put up three goals and an assist for PrimeTime, which also got a two-point night from Dominic Fichera, who was making his season debut.
In the nightcap, the Blazers got hat tricks from Randy Fraser, Garret Naimie and Kyle Baker. Fraser finished with five points on the night, Baker and Greg Rogowski (1 g, 3 a) both had four, and Naimie, Brandon Dube and Greg Melaugh (both 2 g, 1a) all contributed three points. Defender Jeff McLaren added a goal and an assist for the Blazers, who got 41 saves from goalie Joe Evans, who helped the team overcome seven penalties on the night.
Bryce Serriello and Kevin Lydon both had two markers for Legit.
As the BBLL hits the holiday break – with all teams having eight games in the books – the Blazers have a 7-1 record and will hold a two-game lead on Bullseye and the MegaWhales when the teams pick up the chase again in January.
For Dec. 22 and 29, the BBLL will host pick-up box lacrosse from 9 – 11 p.m. at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham. League players pay $10 to participate in pick-up ball, players who are not on a roster owe $20 per evening. Details are available at bostonboxlax.net.
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.