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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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Opening-night losers have their revenge in first rematch    Will Jennings scored 10 goals – outscoring the defending-champion Blazers by himself – and Kyle Denhoff added four goals and two assists as the Minutemen avenged a one-goal opening-night loss with a 22-9 blowout in Boston Box Lacrosse League action on Nov. 13 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass.    In the nightcap, the MegaWhales also reversed their opening-night fortunes, taking down PrimeTime in a 10-9 nail-biter that further shook up the BBLL standings.    In the opener, the Minutemen used a deep bench to overwhelm the shorthanded Blazers, racing off to a 12-4 halftime lead and never allowing the Blazers to get into one of the scoring runs that the team is known for. Jennings added one assist to his 10 scores to lead the way – and netted those goals with just 14 shots on net – but Kyle Denhoff added four goals and two assists, Rob Murray had five helpers to go with three caused turnovers and nine loose balls and Pat O’Loughlin, Dave Saccoci and Ryan Murphy all contributed multi-point nights to lead a balanced Minuteman attack.    The win means the teams have split their first-two regular-season meetings, meaning the third match-up – scheduled for early January – will go a long way to deciding playoff seedings and tiebreakers.    The same can be said for the MegaWhales and PrimeTime in the nightcap, as the MegaWhales rode hat tricks from Mike Maggio, Greg Melaugh and...
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Minutemen have late run to rally past MegaWhales for first win    Bullseye broke a 6-6- tie with a five-goal run taking control over its battle with the defending champion Blazers to capture a 13-11 win in Boston Box Lacrosse League action from Oct. 23 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham.    Bullseye got off to a hot start in the game, scoring four quick goals in dominating the game’s first six minutes of play, but the Blazers rallied behind two goals from Marty Bowes and scores from Greg Rogowski, Brandon Dube and Davey Emala to knot the game at five. After the teams traded goals, Bullseye’s Charlie Fay netted an extra-man goal with 25 seconds remaining in the first half to make the score 7-6 at the break.    But Bullseye proceeded to dominate the first 10 minutes of the second half, and it was mostly the heroics of goalie Joe Evans – who finished the night with 42 saves – that the lead only ballooned to 11-6. During that stretch, it took heroic efforts to beat Evans, like two one-handed scores on inside feeds by Kyle Smith and a laser to the corner from Beau Wood.    Still, the Blazers rallied down the stretch, with Rogowski and Kyle Baker getting markers that kept the score in doubt nearly to the end of regulation.    Joe Nardella’s 26 loose balls and his dominance at the faceoff dot set the tone for Bullseye, which got a hat trick from Wood,...
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Rogowski, Bowes lead Blazers to 13-7 win over PrimeTime    After a season lost to injury, Joe Nardella returned to box lacrosse and showed he hadn’t missed a beat, corralling 18 loose balls and adding two goals, an assist and two caused turnovers to lead Bullseye to a 14-6 win over the Minutemen in the team’s Boston Box Lacrosse League season debut.    In the first game on Oct. 16 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Greg Rogowski and Marty Bowes scored four goals each, and Josh Graver added a hat trick to lead the Blazers to a convincing 13-7 victory over PrimeTime in a battle of the two teams that won their games during Week 1 of the league’s fall-winter season.    The Blazers opened each half with a 3-0 run to first take control and then expand it, before riding their vaunted defense and 28 saves from goalie Joe Evans to the victory. Rogowski added three assists and Bowes picked up two, James Fahey and Kevin Murphy both had two helpers each and Kyle Baker added a multi-point night for the defending champs. Henry Archie, Nik Schuler and Spencer Low led PrimeTime with two goals each, with Archie adding three assists on the night. Cam Egan and Alex Bunick also had multi-point nights for PrimeTime, which fell to 1-1 with the loss.    In the nightcap, Bullseye used a balanced attack and a hyper-aggressive defense in racing out to a 5-0 lead and locking down the Minutemen. Bullseye...
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   The Boston Box Lacrosse League – the leading adult men’s box lacrosse league in the northeastern United States -- will begin fall-winter play on October 9 at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., with five teams competing in a season scheduled to end in mid-February.    The BBLL has built a reputation in lacrosse circles for its high-level box play, and with more professional-level and former top college players participating seemingly every year, the 2018-19 season could be the league’s most-competitive ever.    “The rivalries in this league are well-established, and while certain teams have topped the standings, we have proof from our last few seasons that all teams are vulnerable and that every game is a dogfight,” said Randy Fraser, the league’s founder. “This league has 100 of the best players in New England going at it each week, playing real box lacrosse at as high a level as you will find anywhere in America. The more we have played, the better the league has gotten, which is why I think we should see 2018-19 be our most-competitive season yet.”    This is the fourth year when the league is playing a combined fall-winter season, with each team playing 12 regular-season games, prior to two weeks of playoffs.    All five teams – the defending-champion Blazers, Bullseye, MegaWhales, Minutemen and PrimeTime – are organized and run by their captains, meaning that players who want to run in the fall-winter league must get a spot from a team...
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Standings

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Team Win Loss GF GA
Bullseye 8 0 121 66
Blazers 4 4 87 98
Minutemen 3 5 87 96
MegaWhales 3 5 77 94
PrimeTime 2 6 74 92