Blazers Late Surge Downs MegaWhales, 14-11

Bullseye use big run to surge past PrimeTime in nightcap

James Fahey broke an 11-all tie with three minutes remaining in regulation, as the Blazers scored the game’s last three goals to take home a 14-11 nailbiter from the MegaWhales as the Boston Box Lacrosse League returned to regular-season action on Jan. 3 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass.

In the nightcap, Bullseye overcame an early deficit with a blistering run of eight goals in seven minutes, blitzing PrimeTime by a final of 18-10.

The Blazers jumped out to a 3-0 lead as if they never took a holiday vacation break, but the MegaWhales answered with three of their own and, from then on, the two teams were not separated by more than two goals until a final tally with just seconds remaining.

Randy Fraser’s four goals keyed the Blazers in the first half, with his final tally – off a feed from league-leading scorer Marty Bowes — giving his squad a 7-6 halftime edge.

But a three-goal run early in the second half – with two scores from Mike Maggio – gave the MegaWhales their first lead of the contest at 9-8. Greg Rogowski scored two of the game’s next three goals – sandwiched around Bowes finishing a Fahey feed – as the Blazers re-established the lead 11-9 midway through the second half.

The MegaWhales’ Bryan Bendig answered with his third goal of the game and then fed Mark Goodrich to tie the score at 11 with 6:20 remaining, setting up Fahey’s game-winner some three minutes later.

Rogowski earned Legit Lacrosse Player of the Week honors for his 4 goal, 2 assist, 6 loose ball performance; Fraser contributed his four scores, Brandon Dube added two goals and two helpers and Bowes, Fahey and Kyle Baker all registered multi-point nights for the Blazers, who got 24 saves from league-leading goaltender Joe Evans.

Bendig led the MegaWhales with four points, while Maggio and Goodrich contributed three each and Grant WhiteWay and Greg Melaugh also had multi-point nights. Chris Hettler made 21 saves for the MegaWhales.

In the night’s second game, PrimeTime jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the game’s first seven minutes, and had quick answers when Bullseye got on the board, with Brendan Grant’s first goal of the night giving them a 5-3 edge with 10 minutes remaining in the opening half.

From there, however, Bullseye went on a crushing run, with Chris Breiner finishing a Joe Nardella feed, then feeding Will Walker a half-minute later to tie the game, before netting a cross-crease pass from Greg Lally to give Bullseye its first lead at 6-5. John Uppgren netted another Nardella feed before Walker had a scoop-and-score and Beau Wood blasted home two outside shots, giving Bullseye seven goals over five minutes of clock time.

Up 12-6 at the half, Bullseye controlled tempo for much of the second stanza, and didn’t surrender a goal until PrimeTime’s Marco Barbone netted a penalty shot with 8:30 remaining. Two goals from Grant and a man-up goal from Ken Keirstead narrowed the gap to six goals with just under four minutes remaining, but Bullseye controlled the clock and added two late goals to close out the win.

Breiner finished with six points on a hat trick and three assists; Wood and Walker both added hat tricks, with Wood also dishing out two assists. Nardella and Uppgren ended with a goal and three assists each, with Nardella leading the victors with 14 loose balls and Uppgren causing three turnovers on the night. Lally, Ben Smith and Chris Curtis also had multi-point nights for a balanced Bullseye offense.

Grant led PrimeTime with four goals on the night, with Keirstead, Brett Serriello and Jason Wellemeyer all contributing at least two points.

The win solidifies the top of the standings with the home stretch of the regular season looming. On Jan. 10, the MegaWhales take on PrimeTime, with the Blazers facing the Minutemen, who return to action in the nightcap.

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.