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Competitors’ comeback thwarted by Uppgren’s OT goal      John Uppgren’s fourth goal of the game, 3:08 into sudden-death overtime, game the Gunners the Boston Box Lacrosse League summer championship with a 16-15 win Aug. 8 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass. The Gunners had a six-goal lead nine minutes into the second half and seemed to be cruising to a win when the Competitors started a comeback that they didn’t complete until Andrew Song’s goal with 45 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 15.    Both teams had multiple chances to score in overtime, Andrew Forrester turned away two solid scoring chances for the Wolves, and Competitors goalie made four stops in overtime until Uppgren finally found the back of the net at the end of a determined drive through a double-team.    Uppgren (Tufts) led a balanced Gunenrs attack with four goals on the night, with Drew Adams (Vassar), Nick Conway (Bowdoin), and Beau Wood (Tufts) adding three points each. Vin Curran (Lynchburg), Michael Leonard (Assumption) and Todd Zahurak (SUNY-Oswego) adding two points each. Forrester made 25 saves in the win.    Greg Rogowski (Merrimack) netted five goals and added two helpers for the Competitors, with Ben O’Neill adding four goals and Nick Shaw dropping a hat trick and a helper. Shaw wound up as the BBLL’s leading point—getter in the summer, with 18 goals and 15 assists on the session. Mark Bloom added two points for the Competitors, who got 35 saves out of...
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3d Team Steak strengthens hold on first place      Former Tufts teammates Beau Wood and John Uppgren connected on three late goals to give the Gunners their second consecutive 10-9 nail-biting win over the Competitors in Boston Box Lacrosse League summer action on June 27.    In other action, the Voyageurs downed 3d Committed 12-9, and 3d Team Steak remained unbeaten, turning a close game into a rout over the Wolves 19-4.    A week after Uppgren scored the game-winner with one second leftin regulation, he didn’t wait quite so long to supply the heroics, but with a one-goal edge and under 10 minutes remaining, he and Wood rekindled their college fireworks. First Wood bagged his first of the night on a feed from Uppgren, then the pair reversed it, giving the Gunners a 9-6 lead – the first three-goal edge of the game – with 6:35 remaining. After Matt Cancian (UNH) answered for the Competitors, Uppgren fed Wood again, and the Gunners were able to hold off a frantic challenge, as goals by Lukas Buckley (Ohio State) and Cancian gave the Competitors several late chances to tie.    Gunners goalie Andrew Foster made the last two of his 24 saves in the final 15 seconds to preserve the win.    Uppgren finished with four goals and three assists, and Wood added his three points down the stretch. Nick Wbber (Georgian Court) added a pair for the Gunners. Marty Bowes (Hartford), Nick Shaw (Providence) and Cancian led the Competitors with...
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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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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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Standings

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Team Win Loss GF GA
Gunners 7 1 85 80
Competitors 5 3 63 72
3d Team Steak 5 3 92 59
Voyageurs 3 5 78 87
3d Committed 2 6 73 65
Wolves 2 6 65 91