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Bullseye dominates PrimeTime to set up 5th straight finals rematch    After blowing a six-goal lead, the defending-champion Blazers scored the game’s last five goals to earn a hard-fought, come-from-behind 12-8 victory over the Minutemen and a chance to win their sixth straight Boston Box Lacrosse League title.    That championship game will be the fifth straight finals match-up against Bullseye, as the regular-season champs blitzed PrimeTime 23-9 in the first semi-final at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham on Feb. 19.    The Blazers appeared ready to pull off an equally dominating performance against the Minutemen – who had won two of three regular-season meetings between the teams – as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead and kept the Minutemen’s potent attack scoreless for the first 21 minutes of action.    Once the Minutemen hit the scoreboard, however, they hit it hard, going on their own six-goal run and keeping the Blazers scoreless for 18 minutes in the process. Will Jennings, who led the BBLL in regular-season goals with 35 – scored four straight in that comeback, tying the game at 6 with 13 minutes remaining in regulation.    Kyle Baker answered with his second goal of the night less than 30 seconds later, but Jennings scored his fifth and sixth goals of the night over the next six minutes, giving the Minutemen their first lead of the night at 8-7 with 6:51 left in regulation. Baker again responded within 30 seconds for the Blazers to tie the game, and...
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   Jukebox Lacrosse, a young company making cutting-edge shafts, gloves and pads for box lacrosse, is partnering with the Boston Box Lacrosse League to sponsor the league’s Most Valuable Player Awards for the 2018-19 regular-season and playoffs.    The company, based in Calgary, Alberta, will award top-player honors in each of the BBLL’s playoff games, as well as for the 2018-19 season. Winners will receive Jukebox shafts, which are lightweight, composite and textured, but also strong enough to withstand the punishment of the box game.    “There are busted sticks left behind on our benches every week, and there is definitely room for innovation in box lacrosse,” said Randy Fraser, founder of the BBLL. “Any time we can see new products designed with the player in mind, it’s good for the game. We’re happy to be able to introduce the players in the Boston Box League to Jukebox.”    Jukebox founder Jeff Pilon started his company because he felt there was a need for better, safer, sturdier gear when his son Jake started playing. The company has already brought shafts and gloves to market and has developed a patented design for shoulder pads designed to make the box game safer for young players.    Jukebox shafts are engineered with the player in mind. The new JB600 is light enough for field lacrosse but sturdy enough for all levels of the box game. The soon-to-be-released ATLAS is a heavier shaft developed at the suggestion of box coaches who wanted their defenders equipped...
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   Spencer Low’s fifth goal of the game with 15 seconds remaining in regulation completed a six-goal comeback and gave PrimeTime a playoff-clinching come-from-behind victory over the minutemen in Boston Box Lacrosse league action on Jan. 29.    PrimeTime – which needed a win or two losses by the MegaWhales to sew up the fourth and final BBLL playoff spot – fell behind 10-4 seven minutes into the second half before reeling off nine of the games last 11 scores to shock the Minutemen.    Brendan Grant started the comeback and helped to fuel it, scoring four times in the second stanza. With the Minutemen up 11-7, Low got a hand in four consecutive goals, netting two himself and feeding Nick Samson and George Fries, who tied the game at 11. It was Fries’ first goal of the season.    Grant scored to give PrimeTime its first lead of the game with 2:30 remaining on the clock, but the Minutemen’s Rob Murray answered back with just over a minute remaining in regulation, stripping a PrimeTime player who was trying to kill the clock, scooping the loose ball and scoring on a solo dash to knot the game, setting up Low’s heroic final shot.    While Low’s 7-point night led the way, Grant and Samson both finished with five points in the game, Alex Bunick had three assists to go along with a game-high 12 loose balls and Kyle Minaker scored twice. Jeff Smith backstopped the win with 28 saves.    The...
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   Both Boston Box Lacrosse League games on Jan. 22 ended with one team scoring the last four goals of the contest, and with a final score of 12-11, but the similarities mostly ended there as the Minutemen used their closing spurt to overtake the MegaWhales, while Bullseye fell just short in an attempt to come back against the Blazers.    In the opening game at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., the Minutemen jumped out to a quick lead with Cullen Murphy netting the first goal and feeding Rob Murray for the second before the MegaWhales woke up in their first game back from the extended holiday break. A four-goal run with two scores each from Mike Maggio and Greg Melaugh gave the Whales their first lead of the nightand Melaugh connected two more times, answering each Minuteman score to make the count 7-6 MegaWhales at the half.    After Will Jennings scored his league-leading 35th goal – his only score of the night -- to knot things up at 7, the Whales got markers from Melaugh, Dan Hettler and Sam Houston-Read to take control of the game. When Rob Murray answered for the Minutemen, it was Maggio with an immediate response off the ensuing faceoff to make the score 11-8 midway through the period.    From there, however, it was the Minutemen who got the breaks and the better scoring chances, with Dave Saccocci finishing a Jimmy Cunningham drive, then Murray scoring his third and fourth markers of...
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Unbeaten Bullseye clinches top slot after downing PrimeTime    The MegaWhales continued their rebound from an 0-4 start by dropping the defending-champion Blazers 16-9, setting up what should be a pressure-packed playoff run for four teams in the Boston Box Lacrosse League.    In other BBLL action from Dec. 11 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., Bullseye’s 14-11 win over PrimeTime, when coupled with the Blazers’ loss, ensured that Bullseye will finish atop the regular-season standings no matter the results of its final four games.    As for the rest of the league, however, the last four games of the regular season will prove decisive, which the MegaWhales ensured with their victory. The two teams started evenly and played to a 6-6 tie at halftime with Kyle Baker’s three goals pacing the Blazers while six different MegaWhales found the back of the net.    Scott Corcoran scored twice and fed Greg Melaugh for a third goal as the MegaWhales opened a three-goal edge over the first six minutes of the second half. Baker’s fourth goal of the game closed the gap, but the MegaWhales’ Mike Maggio had a quick response and took over down the stretch, scoring four times and never allowing the Blazers a chance to mount a comeback.    Maggio and Corcoran both finished with four goals and one assist to lead the way in the win, but Sam Houston-Read added two goals and two helpers and Sam Ozycyz, Luke Ernst, Greg Melaugh and Eric Swanson all...
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Top teams take Thanksgiving-week tilts ahead of post-holiday rematch    A week after two upsets shook up the Boston Box Lacrosse League standings, the league’s top two teams took down close victories against determined underdogs, bringing order back to the standings ahead of a rematch next week.    In Nov. 20 action at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., it was the Blazers taking out PrimeTime 10-8 in the opener, followed by Bullseye breaking open an 11-all tie with a late run en route to a 20-12 win.    Greg Rogowski scored the Blazers’ first goal and set up Brandon Dube for the second as the defending champions got out to an early lead that they would never relinquish. The teams traded scors to get to the half with the Blazers up 4-3, before Rogowski added another helper and his second score in stretching the lead to 7-4.    PrimeTime did not go away, however, with Ken Keirstead and Hnery Archie closing the gap before James Leary netted two of his team-high three goals, allowing the Blazers to salt the game away with Joe Evans shutting the door with a handful of spectacular saves down the stretch.    Evans finished the night with 34 saves, Rogowski registered six points to secure the league lead, and Leary, Dube and Taylor Dubose all contributed multiple points to the victory. Keirstead lead PrimeTme with three goals and two helpers, with Brendan Grant and Nick Samson contributing multi-point nights.    In the nightcap,...
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Team Win Loss GF GA
Bullseye 9 1 141 86
Blazers 6 5 122 131
Minutemen 5 6 123 128
MegaWhales 3 7 93 120
PrimeTime 3 7 94 108