Top seeds post convincing wins in Boston Box League semi-finals
Kyle Baker scored seven goals – one less than he had scored in five games played all season – and Marty Bowes added five more as the Blazers broke open a close game early in the second half en route to a 17-11 win over the MegaWhales and a date in the Boston Box Lacrosse League finals on Feb. 13.
For the third straight year, Their counterpart in the championship game will be Bullseye, which dominated the Minutemen 20-10 on Feb. 6, getting four goals each from Will Walker, John Uppgren and Charlie Fay.
The title game scenario is a familiar one, and the set-up is identical to last year, when Bullseye won the regular-season crown – which they captured this year with a 10-2 record – only to drop a 12-11 final in overtime to the defending-champion Blazers. Since the Boston Box Lacrosse League switched to a combined fall-winter 12-game regular-season schedule in the 2015-16 season, Bullseye and the Blazers have met in each finals game, with the Blazers winning 12-10 in 2016, and 12-11 a year ago. The Blazers also won the last winter title over Bullseye, 8-5 in 2015. The last team other than Bullseye to appear against the Blazers in a final was the MegaWhales in the fall session of 2014.
In the opening semi-final game, Bullseye scored in the opening minute, took control in the first 10 minutes and never really allowed the Minutemen to threaten again. Justin Turri had two goals and four assists, Walker added four helpers to his four scores and Beau Wood, Adam Fishman, Chris Breiner, Vin Curran and Greg Lally all contributed multi-point nights. Bullseye held the edge in loose balls (62-50), shots on goal (50-36) and caused turnovers (13-6) as the team won its 10th consecutive game, the streak dating back to a 1-2 start to the season. Rob Murray led the Minutemen with four goals and two assists, and Patrick O’Laughlin and Dan Hanley each contributed a pair of markers.
In the nightcap, Baker scored the Blazers’ first three goals and his fourth of the first half gave the team its first two-goal lead. But it was the early second-half onslaught that decided this game, with Baker and Marty Bowes scoring four of the six goals as the Blazers potted a goal per minute over the first six minutes of the second half.
From there, Joe Evans kept the MegaWhales from getting back into the game; the MegaWhales actually put one more shot on goal during the contest (42-41), but Evans’ 31 saves consistently frustrated the MegaWhales, a week after they solved him for a 12-11 overtime win in the regular-season finale.
Beyond Baker and Bowes, the Blazers were led by Brandon Dube, who finished with four goals and two assists. Randy Fraser added two scores and an assist. Greg Melaugh led the MegaWhales with four scores, and the team got two goals each from Mike Maggio, Scott Corcoran and Mark White, with Dan Hettler contributing a goal and three assists.
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.