Late Goal Gives Bullseye 13-12 Edge on MegaWhales

Minutemen second-half shutout completes 13-3 rout over PrimeTime

Beau Wood blasted home a feed from John Uppgren with nine seconds remaining in regulation as Bullseye escaped a furious comeback by the MegaWhales to squeak out a 13-12 win in Boston Box Lacrosse League action Nov. 8 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham.

The one-goal win for Bullseye – which split overtime games the previous two weeks – left the team in first place as the BBLL finished its first of three round-robins during the fall-winter 2016-17 season.

In the night’s opening game, the surprising Minutemen jumped out to a six-goal lead, endured a brief comeback and then shut out PrimeTime in the second half to capture their second straight victory, 13-3.

In the battle for first place, Bullseye jumped out to a four-goal lead over the game’s first 10 minutes, only to see the MegaWhales close the gap to 5-4 over the next 10. But Will Walker scored three consecutive goals and Vin Curran netted his second of the night before halftime, giving Bullseye a 9-4 edge at the break.

The lead stood at 11-5 when Grant Whiteway scored with 15 minutes remaining on the clock, starting an impressive comeback during which he registered a hat trick and Mark Goodrich contributed two goals, tying the contest at 11 with just over two minutes left. Joe Nardella’s steal and score for Bullseye was answered by Mike Maggio’s second goal of the game, setting the stage for Wood’s blast before the final buzzer.

Walker earned Legit Player of the Week honors, finishing with three goals, two assists, two caused turnovers and four loose balls. Uppgren added a goal and three helpers, while Wood, Nardella, Ben Smith and Curran had multi-point nights. Nardella led Bullseye with 12 loose balls.

Goodrich and Whiteway had three goals each for the MegaWhales, who got multi-point nights from Maggio, Dan Hettler and Bryan Bendig, and who fell into a three-way tie for second place with a 2-2 record.

The Minutemen got off to their hot start off the stick of league-leading goal scorer Bryce Serriello, who scored four of the team’s first five goals. PrimeTime rallied on a nifty score from Spencer Low followed by two outside blasts from Ken Keirstead, but when Cam Joyce netted a feed from Rob Murphy with 10 seconds remaining in the half, it seemed to take the starch out of any comeback.

In the second half, replacement goalie Mario Pinto – playing in his first game of the league – made more than half of his 30 saves on the night, consistently frustrating PrimeTime while Serriello and Eddie Noonan netted two goals each as the league’s newest team reached .500, making it the biggest surprise of the standings so far.

Serriello finished with six goals and an assist on the night, with Noonan adding three scores and a helper, Joyce registering a hat trick and Aaron Jones tallying three helpers on the evening.

With all teams now having played four games, league standings are tight with all-teams within two games of each other. At the one-third point of the season, Marty Bowes of the Blazers leads the league in points and assists, standing at 15 goals and eight assists for 23 points, while Bryce Serriello of the Minutemen has the league lead in goals with 19, on a league-leading 39 shots on goal. Bullseye’s Joe Nardella, the BBLL’s reigning loose-ball champ already has snagged 42 loosies, and has also registered 8 caused turnovers, tops in the league. Joe Evans of the Blazers is the league’s top regular goaltender; his save percentage stands at .741

The BBLL returns to action on Nov. 15 with the MegaWhales facing the Blazers and PrimeTime squaring off against Bullseye.

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.