Lawton’s game-winner and hat trick captures ‘Legit Player of the Week’ honors
Down by 4 goals with 5:30 remaining – and on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention – Team Legit closed out the game with five straight goals, the fifth an overtime game-winner from Sean Lawton to give the team its first win of the season in a 14-13 thriller at South Shore Sports Center on Jan. 12.
Lawton set up Brett Serriello to tie the score at 13 with 16 seconds remaining to tie the score, and his third goal of the game – a low blast from the outside off a feed by Brandon Keith — came 1:36 into overtime, as Legit scored six of the last seven goals to finally complete a comeback after several times coming close earlier in the season. Lawton earned “Legit Player of the Week” honors finishing with three goals and two assists on the evening. Brett Serriello led PrimeTime with five goals and a helper, while Keith and Nick Sampson both scored twice and Bryce Serriello contributed a goal and three assists.
Jack Murphy led Legit with 11 loose balls and added four caused turnovers; Sampson added 10 loosies.
PrimeTime got six points from Brendan Grant and five out of Jason Wellemeyer. Ken Keirstead and Connor MacNeil added two scores each, and goalie Karl Hoffman turned away 45 shots.
In the nightcap, the MegaWhales took the third meeting of the season from Bullseye, avoiding a season sweep and setting up a huge game with the first-place Blazer on Jan. 20.
Mark Goodrich led the way with five goals and Bryan Bendig chipped in a hat trick. Grant Whiteway, Mike Maggio and Steve Trocki contributed multi-point nights, while goalie Chris Hettler also registered two assists to go along with 9 loose balls and 44 saves.
Hettler’s made the M-Whales’ offensive output stand up, despite a big shot advantage to Bullseye. Chris Breiner netted three goals for Bullseye, which got four assists and 14 loose balls from faceoff specialist Joe Nardella. Beau Wood and Jeff Chang also registered multi-point games.
The win keeps the MegaWhales in the running for first place in the regular season, with a showdown against the Blazers on tap for next week. A MegaWhales’ win would take the season series from the Blazers, although the Whales would need the Blazers to drop one of their final two games to force a tie in the standings. The Blazers and Whales meet up in the 9 p.m. game on January 19, with Bullseye facing Legit in the nightcap; Legit must win out its remaining games – and have PrimeTime lose its remaining games – to have a shot at the playoff round.
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.