Bullseye Tops Blazers 9-6 in Battle for 1st Place

MegaWhales down Minutemen 14-11 behind Melaugh’s 7 points

Chris Curtis’ second goal of the night proved to be the game-winner and started a decisive three-goal run as Bullseye won a defensive struggle 9-6 over the Blazers, securing sole possession of first place in the Boston Box Lacrosse League.

In other action from Nov. 29 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., the MegaWhales got five goals and two assists from Greg Melaugh and four scores from Mark Goodrich in a 14-11 win over the Minutemen that broke a three-way tie for third place in the standings.

In the opener, the two teams traded goals – and the goalies traded saves – en route to a 3-3 tie at the 20-minute mark, before goals from John Uppgren and Kyle Smith gave Bullseye a 5-3 edge at the half.

Will Walker finished a Greg Lally pass less than a minute into the second half, but the Blazers clawed back on scores from Matt Huggett and Garrett Naimie, making it 6-5 with 17:15 left in regulation. That was as close as the defending champs could get, however, as they didn’t score again until roughly two minutes was left on the clock. Meanwhile. Curtis netted a feed from Lally, and Chris Breiner and Vin Curran contributed goals Bullseye controlled the clock and frustrated the Blazers offense.

Curtis’ three points led the way for a balanced Bullseye attack. Walker contributed two scores, while Lally had his two assists. Joe Nardella registered 14 loose balls, and goalie Chuck Jaffe made 25 saves to register the win.

The Blazers got multi-point nights from Naimie, Huggett, Marty Bowes, Brandon Dube and Greg Rogowski, and league-leading goaltender Joe Evans made 31 saves.

In the nightcap, scored four of the game’s first five goals, and maintained at least a three-goal lead until just three minutes remained in regulation, coming through with a 14-11 victory.

Greg Melaugh earned Legit Player of the Week honors for netting five goals – on seven shots on goal – and two assists, along with three loose balls and two caused turnovers. Goodrich potted four goals and Mike Maggio and Nick Coppola both scored two goals and an assist in the win.

Cam Joyce scored four goals – all of them in the second half as the Minutemen tried to dig out of their early hole – and finished with five points to lead the Minutemen, who got a hat trick from Kyle Denhoff and multi-point nights from James McInnis, Eddie Noonan, Bryce Serriello and Ryan Murphy.

With a 12-game regular season, BBLL teams are now hitting or just passing the half-way point, and every game is critical in the standings, as the difference between third place and missing the playoffs in fifth place currently stands at a half-game. Of the 16 BBLL games played through the first eight weeks of the season, 12 have finished with the winning margin being three goals or less.

On December 6, Bullseye seeks revenge on a Minutemen squad to which it lost its only game, an 11-10 overtime decision on Nov. 1. That 9 p.m. game is followed by the Blazers squaring off with PrimeTime at 10 p.m.

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.