8 players net goals in 12-8 win, despite 41 saves from Blazers’ Mario Pinto
Beau Wood’s three goals and two assists keyed a balanced attack that saw eight different players register goals as the Voyageurs won the Boston Box Lacrosse Summer League on August 9 with a 12-8 win over the Blazers.
The Voyageurs controlled the action throughout the game, but Blazers goalie Mario Pinto made 41 saves to keep the game close the entire way. The two teams were scoreless for the first five minutes before AJ Karofsky (Regis) broke the seal on a feed from Greg Rogowski (Marrimack) to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead. John Uppgren (Tufts) tied the game at 1 three minutes later and the Voyageurs scored three more unanswered goals to jump out to a lead. The Blazers cut the gap to one but Uppgren’s second of the night with 28 seconds remaining in the half made it 5-3 Voyageurs at the break.
The Voyageurs made it 7-3 just three minutes into the second half, but Rogowski and Peter Davies (Michigan commit) brought it back to a two-goal edge, with Davies scoring short-handed. Wood (Tufts) responding less than 30 seconds later, as the man-advantage was about to expire to complete his hat trick. From there, the game amounted to the Voyageurs answering Rogowski’s markers. Tom Reddish (Clemson) scored his first two goals of the summer to do just that, and the Voyageurs choked away the time to claim the victory.
Jon Nassif (Keene State) had a goal and two assists, and goalie Karl Hoffman registered 16 saves and a key floor-length second-half assist to backstop the winners. Rogowski finished with five goals and two assists. Kevin Gould (Bentley) added two helpers for the Blazers.
In the consolation games, Team Steak avenged its lone regular-season loss by dominating the Committed 44s 18-10. Pat Fraser (Johns Hokins), Tim Bulens (Assumption) and James Leary (Vermont) each scored four goals and added an assist to lead the way, while the Panepinto brothers – Mike (Brown) and Nico (Fairfield) — both contributed four points on the night. Colin Orr (Colgate) picked up 13 loose balls for the winners. The Committed 44 got four goals from Bailey Laidman and two goals each from Nigel Reiff (Bentley), Nick Boozang and Mark Goodrich (Johns Hopkins).
In the night’s opening game, the Shamocks got their first win of the summer, taking down Team Compete 6-5. Nick Conway (Bowdoin) had a hat trick to lead the way, with Chris Reilly (Endicott), Drew Adams (Vassar) and Michael Leonard (Assumption) all registering multi-point nights.
With the summer season finished, Pat Fraser finished atop the scoring race, for both goals (26) and points (30). Rogowski led the league in points per game played (5.8) and topped the league in assists. Marty Bowes (Hartford) of Team Compete led the league in loose balls, while teammate Lukas Buckley (Ohio State) topped the league in caused turnovers (16). Joe Evans was the top goaltender in the league, stopping .756 of the shots he faced.
The Boston Box Lacrosse League now turns its attention to the fall-winter league – the BBLL’s primary session of the year – which will begin in October. An announcement on teams and scheduling will be released early in September.
The Boston Box Lacrosse League plays on Tuesday nights at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham. For stats, standings and more information on the league – or to get a spot on one of the teams for the remainder of the summer — go to BostonBoxLax.com. The league posts announcements and commentary on Twitter and can be followed @BostonBoxLax.
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.