MegaWhales balance is too much for Minutemen
Chris Breiner took a feed from John Uppgren and dropped it over goalie Joe Evans’ shoulder 38 seconds into the second overtime period to give Bullseye a 12-11 win in a wild back-and-forth Boston Box Lacrosse League contest on Oct. 25 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham.
Overtime was only possible because of Kyle Baker netting a game-tying goal as time expired in a game that saw the Blazers repeatedly erase one-goal Bullseye leads over the last 20 minutes of play, once on a length-of-the-floor fluke score by goalie Joe Evans.
In a title-game rematch from a year ago that was scoreless for the first seven minutes, the Blazers ultimately took control of the first half and established the biggest lead of the night, 6-3, with just under three minutes remaining in the stanza. Bullseye slowly reeled in the defending champions, finally tying the score at 8 with 10 minutes left in regulation. After Uppgren fed Greg Lally to put Bullseye on top, Blazers goalie Evans threw a floor-length lead pass that went just over the outstretched stick of his forward, bounced straight up off Bullseye goalie Chuck Jaffe – who had come out of the crease to play the attacker – bounced back down on Jaffe’s helmet and rolled into the net, tying things at 9. Marty Bowes’ sixth goal of the night erased Bullseye’s next lead, setting up Baker’s heroics at the buzzer.
Both teams had quality scoring chances in overtime, but Evans robbed Lally and Beau Wood, while Jaffe stopped Greg Rogowski and kicked away a second OT breakaway by Ira Caton. Evans finished the night with 34 saves, while Jaffe stopped 23 shots.
Joe Nardella’s domination on the draw – 12 loosies and two caused turnovers, plus an assist – earned Legit Player of the Week honors, and Jeff Chang led the Bullseye defense with seven loosies and three caused turnovers. Bullseye’s balanced attack saw Breiner, Wood, Vin Curran, Chris Curtis and Jimmy Murphy score two goals apiece, with Lally and Uppgren both adding multi-point nights.
Bowes led the Blazers with his six goals and one assist, but the team also had multi-point nights from Baker and Rogowski, and saw six players scoop at least a half-dozen loosies.
In the nightcap, the upstart Minutemen went toe-to-toe and back-and-forth with the MegaWhales for a half, only to see a seven-goal run over 10 minutes break the contest open.
The MegaWhales used a balanced offense that saw four offensive players register at least five points, led by seven points each from Bryan Bendig (four goals, three assists) and Mark Goodrich (3g, 4 a). Mike Maggio went 3-3 on the night and Grant Whiteway, in his first action of the season, contributed four goals and an assist, who also got a multi-point game from Dan Hettler.
Bryce Serriello scored five goals and added a helper for the Minutemen, who also got a hat trick out of Eddie Noonan and multi-point nights from Matt McIver, Cam Joyce and Ed Doherty.
The win put the MegaWhales at 2 and 1 headed into their bye week; they return to action on Nov. 8 to square off with Bullseye in a game that should have first place on the line.
Meanwhile, in Nov. 1 action, it will be Bullseye against the Minutemen at 9, followed by the Blazers and PrimeTime.
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.