Bullseye’s Chris Curtis captures ‘Legit Player of the Week’ honors
Down two goals mid-way through the second half, Bullseye closed the door on the league-leading Blazers and scored four unanswered goals to capture a 13-11 upset win in Boston Box Lacrosse League play. The Jan. 26 nightcap followed a similar script, as PrimeTime overcame a halftime deficit with four straight goals, and then staved off the MegaWhales to earn an 11-8 victory.
The opener was a back-and-forth affair, tied at 7 at halftime. While the Blazers spent most of the game in front, Bullseye was able to keep the game close. Marty Bowes’ fourth goal of the night gave the Blazers an 11-9 lead that lasted roughly five minutes, until Chris Curtis scored for Bullseye with 8 minutes left in regulation.
Greg Paul tied the score and Chris Breiner’s third goal of the game put Bullseye in front with under five minutes left. Beau Wood scored an insurance marker with just over a minute remaining in regulation and the Bullseye defense staved off several quality Blazer chances to get the win.
Curtis earned Legit Player of the Week honors with five goals and two assists, while Breiner added four points, Wood finished with two goals and an assist, Paul had three points on a goal and two helpers and Campbell Armstrong netted two. Bullseye faceoff specialist Joe Nardella added two assists to his team-leading 14 loose balls.
Bowes – who had two assists with his four scores – led the Blazers, who also got three goals and two assists from both league-leading scorer Greg Rogowski and Garrett Naimie. Joe Evans made 37 saves, but suffered his second loss of the season.
In the nightcap, PrimeTime held the MegaWhales scoreless for nearly 20 minutes of the second half, while turning a 6-5 deficit at the break into a 9-6 advantage. While Kyle Minaker’s goal closed the gap and Grant Whiteway followed a minute later to make it a one-goal game with two minutes remaining in regulation, PrimeTime had an answer and salted away the win.
Brendan Grant registered six points on two goals and four helpers to lead PrimeTime, which got four goals – including the game-winner — from Dustin Vitagliano plus a hat trick from Jason Wellemeyer. The MegaWhales got three goals and two assists from Bryan Bendig, who left the game with a calf injury at halftime, hampering the team’s offense. Mark Goodrich and Whiteway both added two goals. Goalie Jason Brooks – making just his second start of the year for PrimeTime in relief of Karl Hoffman – made 29 saves to pick up his second win.
The two upsets lock up the standings for the playoff round with one week of the regular season left to go. The Blazers had previously clinched first place, but Bullseye’s win guarantees them second place. The MegaWhales will finish third with PrimeTime in fourth and Team Legit eliminated from the playoff tournament.
On February 2 – the final week of the regular season – Bullseye plays PrimeTime at 9 p.m., followed by the Blazers against 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.