Blazers Clinch 1st; Second-Half Run Keys Bullseye Win

Rogowski earns his 3rd ‘Legit Player of the Week’ honor

Greg Rogowski scored four second-half goals, breaking open a close game and leading the Blazers to a 16-11 first-place clinching win over the MegaWhales. In the Jan. 19 nightcap, Bullseye scored four goals in just over a minute to break a 10-10 second-half tie and race off to a 21-11 win over Team Legit.

Rogowski – who earned Legit Player of the Week honors for the third time during the Boston Box Lacrosse League season – scored four of his team’s first six goals in the second-half, as the Blazers extended an 8-6 halftime advantage to a 14-8 lead that allowed them to coast home for the final 10 minutes of the game. Rogowski finished with five goals and two assists, along with five loose balls and two caused turnovers; he currently leads the BBLL in points (53), assists (21) and is tied with Bryce Serriello for the lead in goals (32).

Kyle Baker contributed a goal and four assists, Marty Bowes added a hat trick plus a helper and the Blazers got two goals each from Garrett Naimie, Greg Melaugh and Brandon Dube. Joe Evans made 29 saves to backstop the win.

Mark Goodrich led the MegaWhales with four goals and an assist, with Bryan Bendig also registering five points with three goals and two helpers. Grant Whiteway also scored three times for the MegaWhales.

The nightcap was a back-and-forth game featuring five lead changes and five ties during the first half alone, with Bullseye scoring the last two of the period to take a 9-7 advantage into the break. Three and a half minutes into the second quarter, Nick Sampson’s third goal of the night had tied things up for Legit, and when the teams then traded goals the game was knotted at 10 with just under 16 minutes remaining in regulation.

From there, however, Bullseye went off. Four fast face-off wins by Joe Nardella led to four consecutive fast-break goals – with Alex Zomerfeld picking up a goal and two assists to Chris Curtis – in roughly 90 seconds of game time. Bullseye scored six in a row and dominated play the rest of the way, with Curtis netting five of his eight scores on the game in the second half.

Beyond Curtis’ 9 points – he added one assist – Nardella finished with five points to go with 14 loose balls, while dominating the faceoff dot. Bullseye got two goals each from Greg Paul, Ben Knapton, Jimmy Murphy and Chris Breiner, with Ben Smith and Zomerfeld also contributing multi-point games.

Sampson, Bryce Serriello and Brett Serriello all netted three goals apiece for Legit, which got two goals from Connor Smith and three assists from Sean Lawton.

The night’s action went a long way to solidifying the league’s playoff picture, with the Blazers clinching first place and Legit eliminated from playoff play. Bullseye clinched no worse than third place with its win, but would move up to second place if it can win its remaining two games.

That quest will face a stiff test on January 26, when Bullseye meets the Blazers at 9 p.m., followed by the MegaWhales playing Team Legit at 10.

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.