Blazers top Minutemen 12-9, led by Fraser hat trick
Sean Lawton broke a 7-all tie with a natural hat trick, and his PrimeTime squad held off a furious comeback attempt to take down the MegaWhales for the second time in the Boston Box Lacrosse League season.
In other action from Nov. 22 at the South Shore Sports Center, the defending-champion Blazers used a five-goal run to take control of their game, ultimately taking down the Minutemen by a final score of 12-9.
After falling behind 4-1, PrimeTime closed the first half with four consecutive goals to take a 5-4 edge into halftime. The MegaWhales re-took the lead to start the half before Brendan Grant scored twice to put PrimeTime in control, until Mike Maggio’s marker with roughly 10 minutes remaining in regulation tied things up.
From there, it was the Lawton show, as the big lefty put home three consecutive blasts in a span of 3:30, giving PrimeTime a 10-9 edge. Bryan Bendig converted feeds from Maggio and Nick Coppola to close the gap to 10-9, but PrimeTime’s defense stiffened and Thomas Muldoon’s nifty footwork broke a double-team to kill off the game’s final 11 seconds, giving PrimeTime its second one-goal win of the season against the MegaWhales. Both games were won by a score of 10-9.
Lawton earned Legit Player of the Week honors, finishing with five points – adding two helpers to his hat trick – six loose balls and a caused turnover on the night. Grant added a hat trick and one goal, and Muldoon dropped two goals and an assist on the night. Karl Hoffman made 25 saves in the game.
For the MegaWhalesMaggio and Bendig both registered two goals and an assist, Coppola and Dan Hettler both tallied two points on the night, and goalie Chris Hettler made 21 stops.
In the nightcap, the Minutemen jumped out to a 6-3 lead roughly midway through the first half, but the Blazers scored six of the game’s next seven goals over a span of 24 minutes – the equivalent of a full half – keyed by Randy Fraser’s second hat trick in two weeks.
From there, the teams traded goals, with the Blazers capturing a 12-9 win.
It was Fraser’s second consecutive hat trick since returning from shoulder surgery, and the second time he accomplished the job with just three shots. Fraser added two assists for five points, but the Blazers got four points from both Marty Bowes and Greg Rogowski, plus two goals from Kyle Baker. League-leading goalie Joe Evans made 26 saves for the win.
The Minutemen got a hat trick from Cam Joyce, plus two goals and an assist from both Rob Murray and Kyle Denhoff. Replacement goalie Mario Pinto made 29 saves.
The Blazers face Bullseye – which it lost to in double overtime in their first meeting – in a battle for first place on Nov. 29, followed by the MegaWhales and Minutemen meeting in a game with big playoff implications.
The Boston Box Lacrosse League, a member of US Indoor Lacrosse, 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.