Minutemen Come Back to Stun Bullseye in OT

Blazers take down PrimeTime as league standings tighten up

Matt McIver’s layout goal 2:57 into sudden-death overtime completed an unlikely comeback as the last-place Minutemen stunned first-place Bullseye 11-10, shaking up the Boston Box Lacrosse League standings in Nov. 1 action at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham.

In the nightcap, the Blazers scored the last three goals of the game to halt a PrimeTime comeback and capture a 12-8 win.

The Minutemen jumped out to a 3-0 lead, with two Bryce Serriello bombs giving the team a jump start, while goalie Alex Krawec kept Bullseye off the board for the first 10-plus minutes of action. Roughly 10 minutes later, however, Bullseye had erased the lead, but as the team appeared headed to the half with a two-goal lead, the Minutemen’s Rob Murray closed the gap, blowing a shot past Bullseye goalie Chuck Jaffe with 0.4 seconds remaining on the clock.

Still, when Bullseye opened the second half with goals from Greg Lally, Josh Hawkins and Will Walker, it seemed like order was restored. It didn’t turn out that way, as the Murray scored and Serriello followed with two more to close the gap to 9-8. But instead of converting either of its two man-up chances to tie, the Minutemen instead surrendered a shorthanded goal, to make it 10-8 entering the final three minutes.

A Bullseye turnover led to Murray’s third goal of the night, and with the Minutemen shorthanded and Bullseye seemingly able to kill off most of the remaining game clock, Murray caused a turnover that led to his own game-tying goal with 56 seconds remaining in regulation.

Both teams had opportunities in overtime before McIver drove the goal line, laid out and tucked the ball into the net to give the Minutemen their first-ever win.

Murray earned Legit Player of the Week honors for scoring four goals on six shots on goal, adding six loose balls and two caused turnovers. Serriello also had four goals, while McIver, Eddie Noonan and Cole Franklin all had two-point nights. Krawec made 24 saves.

For Bullseye, which dominated the game statistics but trailed on the scoreboard, Joe Nardella had 11 loose balls to go with a goal and four assists. Will Walker had two goals on the night and 10 other players registered a point.

In the night’s second game, PrimeTime jumped out to a hot start, only to see the Blazers score the last five goals of the stanza – three from Marty Bowes, the league’s leading goal-scorer — to reach the break with a 6-3 lead.

But just as the minutemen recovered from a 9-6 deficit in the first game, so did PrimeTime make a late push, with Ken Keirstead and Brett Serriello scoring goals and several quality scoring chances denied by Joe Evans. Just when it seemed inevitable that the PrimeTime onslaught would tie things up, Greg Rogowski took over, feeding Brandon Dube to end the momentum, scoring himself less than a minute later and closing out the scoring with a slick inside feed to Jeff McLaren, who made the final 12-8.

Rogowski finished with four goals and two helpers, while Bowes and Kyle Baker both had four-point games. Dube added two goals and an assist for the Blazers, who got 24 saves from Joe Evans.

PrimeTime got two goals each from Keirstead, Serriello, Brendan Grant and Spencer Low. Karl Hoffman made 20 saves in net.

Bullseye’s loss sets up a battle for first place on Nov. 8, when the team faces the MegaWhales with the winner finishing the first one-third of the season at the top. The Minutemen and PrimeTime meet in the early game.

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.