Blazers Late Comeback Overcomes MegaWhales 11-10

Chris Curtis’ 6 goals lead Bullseye to big win in nightcap

Greg Rogowski’s goal with 42 seconds remaining completed a furious four-goal comeback and gave the Blazers an 11-10 win over the MegaWhales in Boston Box Lacrosse League action on Nov. 15 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass.

The Blazers scored four goals in 2:45, capped by Rogowski’s game-winner – and netted six of the game’s last seven scores over the last 15 minutes of playing time, but were inspired by the return of team captain Randy Fraser, who scored the team’s first two goals and netted three on the night, and whose leadership in a return from a lengthy shoulder injury kept the Blazers in the game when it appeared the MegaWhales had control of the game.

The MegaWhales recovered from Fraser’s early scores and took control of the scoreboard with the last three goals of the first half, including a Mike Maggio score with 0.9 left on the clock. Just before the 16:00 mark in the second half, the MegaWhales established their largest lead of the night, as a Greg Melaugh score made the count 9-5. From there, goalie Joe Evans and the Blazers defense kept the MegaWhales mostly in check, allowing for the offense to click into gear in the nick of time.

Fraser’s third goal of the night – on just three shots – tightened the game up, and as the teams then played nine minutes with just one-goal scored, on a long feed from MegaWhales goalie Chris Hettler to Kyle Sminkey.

Marty Bowes keyed the Blazers final run, with a goal and two assists. He finished with five points and 11 loose balls on the night. Brandon Keith and Brandon Dube both tallied two goals and one helper, and Evans made 35 saves for the winners, but it was Fraser’s fiery return – drawing two penalties in addition to registering his hat trick – that earned Legit Lacrosse Player of the Week honors.

Maggio led the MegaWhales with five scores on the night. Mark Goodrick, Pete Sessa and Nick Coppola all had multi-point games.

In the nightcap, Bullseye turned a close game into a rout by outscoring PrimeTime 6-1 during the last half of the second stanza, running away with an 18-10 win.

Chris Curtis led the way with six goals and an assist while Chris Breiner added four goals and three assists for Bullseye, whose 18 goals tied the MegaWhales for the highest single-game scoring total of the current season.  Vin Curran added a hat trick for Bullseye, which also got multi-point games from Greg Lally, Joe Nardella and Beau Wood. Nardella dominated the face-off dot and finished with 19 loose balls.

PrimeTime got two goals each from Jack Murphy, Brett Serriello and Brendan Grant, with Grant adding two helpers. Kenny Keirstead and Sean Lawton both contributed a goal and an assist.

On Nov. 22, when the BBLL returns to action, PrimeTime will square off against the MegaWhales, followed by the Minutemen returning to action against the Blazers.

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.