As a long time player and observer of the Boston Box Lacrosse League the 2016/17 season looks to be the most competitive ever. It seems like forever it has been the Blazers and everyone else. This year MegaWhales and Bullseye are looking to make title runs. Primetime and the expansion Minutemen both have shown they can compete as well.
The Blazers have dominated the league for years led by goalie Joe Evans who again is the top keeper in the league with a 75% save percentage thus far. They have great balance out the front door with both righties Greg Rokowski and Kyle Baker. Brandon Dube and Brandon Keith man the left side. Marty Bowes is probably the best athlete in the league, he is amongst the league leaders in pretty much all statistical categories. This past week captain Randy Fraser made his return to the floor after a shoulder injury. Fraser is one of the older players in the league, but he is a huge difference maker and earned Legit Player of the week in his first game. Tthey have taken a couple of losses so far, but they still remain the favorite in my eyes.
Bullseye has a high profile lineup that seems ready to mount a serious challenge to the Blazers. Boston Cannons Joe Nardella and Josh Hawkins are the headliners, both are also competing for Black Wolves roster spots. They also have a Tufts connection with Beau Wood and John Uppgren (also a Boston Cannon). Recent Harvard grad Will Walker and Chris Curtis give Chuck Jaffe’s squad scoring balance. Their only loss in the first round of games was an overtime defeat to the expansion Minutemen.
Speaking of the Minutemen, they were a late edition to the BBLL this season. The team is comprised of some leftovers from Team Legit and free agents. They have shown to be quite competitive through the first round of games, going 2-2, including the aforementioned upset of Bullseye. Bryce Serriello is leading the BBLL in goals with 19 and has earned a spot on the New England Black Wolves training camp roster. Ed Noonan and Cam Joyce have also provided offense from their left side.
The MegaWhales must not be forgotten as they possess an outstanding offense. They have three of the top five scorers in the league in Mark Goodrich, Mike Maggio and Bryan Bending. Those three have a combined for 56 points. Vermont Voyager Grant Whiteway has performed well in limited duty and has also earned his way on to the Black Wolves training camp roster.
Primetime is off to a slow start, but they do hold a win over the MegaWhales. Brendan Grant is leading the offense while goalie Karl Hoffman has been solid in goal. Boston Cannon goalie Jack Murphy has been solid on defense with 29 LB’s and 7 CT’s.
One thing that has been crystal clear this season if you don’t bring your A game no matter what your record is you can go home with a loss. The amount of talent in the league has never been higher. There are around a dozen active BBLL players with MLL and(or) NLL experience.
The BBLL plays all games in Hingham MA on Tuesday nights at the South Shore Sports Center. They also have a great website with stats and standings, bostonboxlax.com. They can also be found on Twitter @bostonboxlax.
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