Serriello’s Record Night Puts Minutemen in Playoffs

11 goal night in 16-13 winner-take-all game over PrimeTime

Bryce Serriello scored a Boston Box Lacrosse League single-game record 11 goals as the Minutemen earned the fourth and final playoff spot with a 16-13 win over PrimeTime at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham on Jan. 31.

The Minutemen jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the first four minutes, and Serriello answered PrimeTime’s first goal with two of his own to complete a hat trick, extending the lead to 6-1 seven minutes into the half. Serriello answered each of Prime Time’s next three goals, completing his sock trick – his sixth score of the game – with a shorthanded score off a head-man pass from Patrick Egan. When Matt McIver netted a Nick Gorrasi feed, the Minutemen took a 10-5 lead to the break.

PrimeTime clawed its way back into the game with three scores to open the second half, however, two assisted by Brandan Grant — who keyed PrimeTime’s comeback all night, finishing with eight helpers – only to see Serriello score the next three goals to re-establish the lead at five with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Down the stretch, Ken Keirstead scored twice off of Grant feeds, helping PrimeTime close the gap to 15-13 with 1:14 remaining, but the ensuing faceoff wound up on the stick of Serriello, who netted it for his 11th goal of the game, making the final 16-13.

With the win, the Minutemen actually tied PrimeTime in the standings, but they advance to the playoffs by virtue of having swept the season series between the two teams.

Serriello earned Legit Lacrosse Player of the Week honors. He entered the contest leading the league with 37 goals in just nine games played, and scored his 11 goals on 17 shots on goal. He finishes the regular season with 48 goals and eight assists, enough to lead the league in points, and his 5.6 points per game makes him the league’s most productive player by a wide margin.

Cam Joyce added two goals and two assists, and McIver, Egan and Ryan Murphy all had multi-point nights for the winners.

Grant’s nine points led PrimeTime, which got a hat trick from Spencer Low and multi=-point nights from Keirstead, Brett Serriello and Kyle Danehy. Veteran goaltender Karl Hoffman, returning from injury to play what he said will be his final game in the BBLL, finished with 23 saves on the night, the same number as his opponent, Alex Krawec of the Minutemen.

In the nightcap, the MegaWhales used hot shooting and a lethal fast break to jump out to an 11-5 halftime lead over Bullseye. Mike Maggio extended the lead to seven when he converted a Grant Whiteway feed three minutes into the second half, but then the comeback was on, as Bullseye would score nine of the game’s next 11 goals, including four markers from Greg Lally, and two bombs from John Uppgren, with Lally tying the score at 14 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation.

From there, however, MegaWhales goalie Chris Hettler came up with multiple saves, and when Bryan Bendig netted a Greg Melaugh feed with 1:40 left, Hettler and the defense were able to seal the deal and give the MegaWhales a 15-14 win and the season series against Bullseye.

Whiteway, Maggio and Melaugh each scored four goals and combined for six additional assists on the night, while Bendig added two goals and two assists in the win. Hettler made 31 saves to seal the win.

For Bullseye, Lally’s five goals led the way, but Uppgren and Will Walker both added five points of their own on the night and Chris Breiner, Joe Nardella and Jimmy Murphy posted multi-point nights.

Nardella accounted for 23 loose balls on the night – more than one-third of Bullseye’s team total — to finish the regular season with 163, or more than double the loose ball total of his closest competitor.

With the regular season now in the books, the BBLL now enters playoff play, with Bullseye meeting the Minutemen at 9 p.m. on Feb. 7, followed by the defending-champion Blazers against the MegaWhales. Bullseye won the season series against the Minutemen – though it dropped a 15-14 overtime decision in the team’s first meeting – while the Blazers took two out of three games from the MegaWhales.

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.