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New England’s only men’s box league to host 8-week summer league      The Boston Box Lacrosse League will hold its Summer 2017 session on Tuesday nights at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., beginning June 13 and running through August 8.    The BBLL Summer League is typically heavy with regional collegiate players. Players can come in as individual free agents or in small groups placed together on a squad, or can be entered in the league as part of a pre-organized team. With eight teams expected to play this summer, the seven-game round-robin between squads will begin on June 13, with the top two teams earning spots in the summer championship Aug. 8; the league will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on July 4.    Assuming the league is full at eight teams, game times will be hourly, beginning at 7 p.m. with the last game of each week starting at 10.    The BBLL is a men’s adult league, but allows 17-year-olds in its summer league with parental consent.    Individuals can sign up online at Summer league session costs are $200 per player. The league will be opened to a limited number of players/teams, signed up on a first-come, first-served basis.    The fee for a full-team is $3,200 pre-paid (with teams fielding a maximum roster of 22 players over the course of the summer, and not allowed to dress more than 18 players for any individual game).  For full teams or...
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Evans, Bowes lead 12-11 win over Bullseye in fall-winter finals      Greg Rogowski netted a pass from Marty Bowes 1:08 into overtime and the defending-champion Blazers overcame the first-place Bullseye squad 12-11, extending their streak of title game dominance in the Boston Box Lacrosse League that started in 2012.    Bullseye held the advantage in loose balls and shots on goal and won nearly every face-off of the night, but the Blazers were able to stay within striking distance thanks to the hot goaltending of Joe Evans, who was battling fever and flu-like symptoms in addition to Bullseye’s shooters.    The teams traded goals throughout, with Bullseye jumping out to a 3-1 lead only to see Marty Bowes net consecutive goals – on feeds from Brandon Dube and Randy Fraser respectively – to knot the game with just under nine minutes remaining in the first half.    Joe Nardella won the ensuing faceoff, then found a seam and blasted one home to give Bullseye a 4-3 lead, Will Walker scored twice more before the half, but his goals were answered by Rogowski and Jeff McLaren and the game went into the half with Bullseye ahead 6-5.    The second half saw the defenses stand tall early, with only two goals scored during the first 10 minutes, both from Bullseye’s Vin Curran, who gave his squad the only three-goal edge of the evening.    Bowes closed the gap off a Fraser feed, Kyle Baker canned a Rogowski feed before Fraser quick-sticked...
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Wins over Minutemen, MegaWhales set up a Valentine’s Day battle for crown    Greg Rogowski’s fourth goal of the night broke a 10-all tie with two minutes remaining in regulation, and the defending-champion Blazers and league-leading goalie Joe Evans made it stand up in a 12-10 victory over the MegaWhales to capture a spot in the Boston Box Lacrosse League finals.    In the other semi-final game played at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass. on Feb. 7, Will Walker’s five goals and hat tricks from Greg Lally and Ben Smith led Bullseye to a 16-11 win over the first-year Minutemen, to earn a place in the championship game, to be played on Valentine’s Day.    The Minutemen and Bullseye had actually played three one-goal games during the regular season, with the new team handing the first-place squad its first loss of the season with an overtime win in early November. This game started like it would be the same kind of nail-biter, with the Minutemen holding a 4-3 lead after 10 minutes of play, before Lally fueled a rally with two goals and an assist to help Bullseye build a lead to 7-5 by halftime.    The pace picked up early in the second half, but Bullseye got the better of the end-to-end, alternate scoring, expanding the lead to 10-7 five minutes into the second half. From there, the team – which won the regular-season crown for the first time this season – held the Minutemen scoreless for 13...
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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,...
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PrimeTime upset over Blazrs gives team 4th place, for now    The Minutemen stood less than eight minutes from clinching a playoff berth, with a three-goal lead over the Boston Box Lacrosse League’s first-place team, only to see Bullseye reel off five straight goals to escape with a 14-13 win that sends the battle for the league’s fourth playoff spot down to its final game.    In the second game on Jan. 24 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., PrimeTime broke an 8-8 tie with the Blazers at 4:01 of the second half on Brett Serriello’s third score of the night and replacement goalie Jason Brooks made it stand up for a 10-8 upset.    The action sets up a winner-take-all battle for the last playoff berth between PrimeTime and the Minutemen on Jan. 31, the last week of regular-season action.    In the opener, the Minutemen jumped out to a 3-0 lead, only to see Bullseye reel them back in, starting a theme for the night; the teams took turns taking, and then giving up, one-goal leads until the game was tied at 7 at halftime.    Bryce Serriello scored three of the first five goals in the second half as the Minutemen built an 11-8 edge, and Alex Whitney’s shorthanded goal – while the Minutemen were two men down – made the score 12-9 with just under 8 minutes remaining. Just as the Minutemen might have been seeing a win – which would have clinched the playoffs –...
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MegaWhales lock up playoff berth with 16-9 win over Minutemen    Bullseye clinched its first-ever Boston Box Lacrosse League regular-season crown with a 15-13 win over the defending league champion Blazers 15-13 on Jan. 17 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham. Legit Player of the Week Chris Breiner registered five second-half points as Bullseye overcame a deficit to sweep the season series.    In the nightcap, in a game with significant playoff ramifications, the MegaWhales raced out to a big lead and choked off the Minutemen, and claimed their spot in the upcoming league playoffs, led by seven points from Mike Maggio.    The Blazers gained the first real edge of the opening contest with their only unassisted goals of the night – scored by Marty Bowes, Greg Rogowski and Brandon Dube – creating a 5-3 lead with 7:18 remaining in the opening stanza. Two scores from Bullseye’s Will Walker, sandwiched around Dube’s fourth goal of the first half, made it 6-5 at the break.    Joe Nardella tied things up with a scoop-and-score off the opening faceoff of the second half, and the two teams then swapped goals in one- and two-goal bursts, with the Blazers climbing out of 9-7 and 12-10 holes to tie things up at a dozen when Rogowski scored his fifth of the night off a feed from Dube with Bullseye serving a penalty for having too many men on the floor.    But Bullseye defender Mike Rasmussen finished off a long run, and Nardella...
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Team Win Loss GF GA
Blazers 9 5 167 135
Bullseye 10 4 184 162
MegaWhales 6 7 159 143
PrimeTime 4 8 102 156
Minutemen 4 9 153 169