Rogowski & Fraser get 7 points each as Blazers bomb Minutemen 20-6
Brett Serriello’s only goal of the game with 39 seconds remaining in regulation broke a 9-all tie and allowed PrimeTime to sweep the season series from the MegaWhales in a Jan. 10 game that shook up the race for the last playoff spots in the Boston Box Lacrosse League.
In other action at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham Mass., the Blazers produced the league’s biggest offensive output of the season, crushing the Minutemen 20-6.
PrimeTime’s victory can’t be called an upset – since the team had previously defeated the MegaWhales twice by scores of 10-9 in each game – but those wins represent PrimeTime’s only triumphs of the season, and the latest triumph saved the team from playoff elimination.
It was only possible thanks to a strong second-half comeback. The MegaWhales rode two goals from Mark Goodrich to an early lead, and when Grant Whiteway extended the advantage to 6-3 with 8:15 remaining in the first half, he collided with PrimeTime’s goalie Karl Hoffman, injuring the goaltender’s knee. Hoffman played through the pain and limited the Whales to just one score for the rest of the half, but had to leave the game at the break, with PrimeTime trailing 7-4.
Enter Joe Evans, the Blazers goaltender, who had arrived early for the nightcap. The presence of the league-leading goaltender seemed to put the clamps on the MegaWhales’ shooting. Meanwhile, PrimeTime knotted the game at 7 with three goals in three minutes, with Alex Bunick scoring one of the goals and feeding on another.
The MegaWhales re-established the lead as Bryan Bendig completed a hat trick and then fed Sean Hover with 10:34 remaining in regulation.
The last 10 minutes of game time belonged to PrimeTime, which put on a furious assault on the MegaWhales net. Ken Keirstead’s fourth goal of the night, an outside bomb, tied the game at 9, setting up Serriello’s scoop-and-score in the final minute. PrimeTime added a final goal in the waning seconds with an empty net to make the final 11-9.
Keirstead earned Legit Player of the Week honors with his four goals on seven shots, adding four loose balls, one assist and a caused turnover on the night. Face-off man Kyle Danehy added 15 loose balls for the winners, with Bunick, Kam Bumpus and Spencer Low all contributing multi-point nights.
Bendig led the MegaWhales with his 3-goal, 1-assist night, but Goodrich, Dan Hettler, Mike Maggio and Whiteway all contributing at least two points in the game.
In the nightcap, the Minutemen took a first-half lead nearly to the mid-point of the first half before the Blazers closed the half with seven of the last eight scores, taking a 9-4 halftime lead before things for the first-year Minutemen got even worse.
In the second half, it was six straight scores for the Blazers before the Minutemen’s Bryce Serriello potted two outside shots, giving him four goals on the night. From there, it was back to all-Blazers, with five unanswered scores to close out the game at 20-6.
Greg Rogowski scored five goals and added two assists, and Randy Fraser matched those seven points with a goal and six helpers. There were plenty of points to go around, with 16 of the Blazers 20 goals being assisted. Kyle Baker finished the night with four goals and a helper and Marty Bowes added a hat trick, but the Blazers also got multi-point games from James Fahey, Brandon Dube, Kevin Murphy, and Matt Huggett.
The Blazers win leaves them a half-game behind Bullseye for first place, with the two teams meeting at 9 p.m. on Jan. 17, followed by the Minutemen playing the MegaWhales, with the Whales needing a win to nearly clinch a playoff berth.
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.