Blow-out wins set up intriguing BBLL stretch run
The Minutemen and MegaWhales scored dominant wins as the Boston Box Lacrosse League season reached the two-thirds pole, setting up an interesting home-stretch run for when the league resumes play in January.
In action on Dec. 13 at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., the Minutemen scored the game’s first seven goals and choked off the PrimeTime offense throughout, cruising to a 17-5 win. Bryce Serriello – the league’s leading goal-scorer through eight games played with 27 – netted four and added two assists, with Cam Joyce adding four of his own to lead the way. Joel Derechinsky added a hat trick plus an assist while Matt McIver contributed two goals and two helpers. Rob Murray, Curtis McKeon and Mark Macdonald added multi-point games, while goalie Alex Krawec made 30 saves.
Connor MacNeil and Spencer Low led PrimeTime with two goals each.
In the nightcap, the MegaWhales also jumped out to a seven-goal lead in the first half, and then rode the goaltending of Legit Lacrosse Player of the Week Chris Hettler to frustrate first-place Bullseye the rest of the way to a 15-7 win.
Bryan Bendig scored four goals and two assists to lead the way, with Dan Hettler and Mike Maggio adding two goals each and Grant Whiteway, Sean Hover, Pete Sessa and Mark Goodrich also registered multi-point nights.
Goalie Chris Hettler also got into the scoring act, with two floor-length assists in the first six minutes of the game, first thwarting Bullseye shots and then keying the offense. Hettler made 28 saves on the night and added four loose balls to earn his Legit Player of the Week honor.
The action tightened the standings, with Bullseye remaining a game ahead of the idle Blazers and two in front of the MegaWhales with four games remaining. With a number of season-series tied at a game each, the last four games of the season will all be vitally important in determining playoff seedings.
With two-thirds of the season done, the Blazers Marty Bowes stands atop the point race with 26 goals and 13 assists for 39 points. Bryce Serriello’s 27 goals top the scoring column, while Bowes, teammate Greg Rogowski and Bullseye’s Joe Nardella are tops in the league in assists with 13 each. Nardella leads the league in loose balls with 96 – 40 more than his nearest competitor – while Jack Murphy of PrimeTime holds the lead in caused turnovers with 14. Murphy also leads the lead in penalties with seven in eight games.
The Blazers Joe Evans is the top goaltender, with a save percentage of .769.
The Boston Box Lacrosse League now takes its annual holiday break; it will play open pick-up games on Dec. 20 and 27 before resuming play on Jan. 3 with a key match-up between the MegaWhales and Blazers at 9 p.m., followed by Bullseye matching up against PrimeTime.
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.