Serriello’s 6 goals drop Blazers to first loss of season
League-leading scorer Bryce Serriello netted six goals and Kyle Denhoff added four goals and three assists as the Minutemen took down the defending-champion Blazers 16-12 in Boston Box Lacrosse League action on Nov. 28 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass. In the nightcap, Bullseye paid back a two-goal defeat from earlier in the season, topping the MegaWhales 13-11.
The Minutemen have been known all season for getting off to hot starts and then allowing other teams back into the action, but a 3-0 opening salvo and a 5-1 lead just eight minutes into the game put the Blazers on their heels all night. Serriello had half of his team’s goals by the time the Minutemen extended their lead to 8-2 after another eight minutes of play.
From there, the Minutemen had an answer for every Blazers comeback, including when the champs narrowed that gap to three goals with roughly two minutes remaining in regulation. Beyond Serriello and Denhoff, the Minutemen got three goals and an assist from Dan Hanley, and two goals plus a helper from Ryan Murphy; Max Adler dominated the night’s faceoffs and finished with 12 loose balls.
Brandon Dube, Marty Bowes and Greg Rogowski all had hat tricks for the Blazers, who remain in first-place despite the loss.
In the nightcap, Bullseye strung together five straight second-half goals to take control of a back-and-forth battle with the MegaWhales, before trading goals over the game’s last four minutes to come away with the win. Will Walker and Adam Fishman both scored four times in the win, with Walker adding three assists. Justin Turri, Chris Breiner and Charlie Fay added multi-point nights for the winners, who also got 13 loose balls, three caused turnovers and a score from Josh Hawkins.
Mike Maggio and Mark Goodrich both had hat tricks for the MegaWhales, who also got multi-point nights from Henry Graves, Greg Melaugh, Tim Towler and Dan Hettler.
The win narrows the standings and should set up an interesting stretch run when the teams meet again in January. First up, however, will be a battle Dec. 5 between the Blazers and Bullseye with first place on the line, followed by the Minutemen meeting a PrimeTime desperate for a win to keep playoff hopes alive.
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.
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.