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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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Winners hold off late rallies to register close wins    Mike Maggio’s three second-half goals broke open a close game as the MegaWhales used a balanced attack to take down the defending-champion Blazers 11-8 on Oct. 11, the opening night of the Boston Box Lacrosse League’s fall-winter season.    The opener saw the MegaWhales open a 6-3 halftime lead, with Mark Goodrich and Bryan Bendig accounting for two goals each. Once the Blazers closed the gap to 6-5, it was Maggio’s time to step up, scoring three of the next four goals – with Bendig completing his hat trick in between – as the MegaWhales built a comfortable lead and kept the Blazers off the board for nearly 14 minutes. A late rally from the Blazers, with Kyle Baker and Marty Bowes both completing hat tricks, was too late.    Maggio finished the night with four goals and an assist; Chris Hettler made 27 saves to backstop the win.    In the nightcap, Bullseye got goals from seven different players, including a hat trick from Vin Curran, and then held off a furious second-half rally to defeat PrimeTime 12-9.    Bullseye’s balance showed as the team built a 7-1 halftime lead behind five scorers, with Curran and Will Walker both scoring twice in the run. But after a John Uppgren goal made the score 10-3 Bullseye midway into the second half, PrimeTime mounted a furious comeback, scoring five consecutive goals, including Sean Lawton’s second man-up snipe of the game and two...
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Sub goalie Jason Brooks named Marc Mesh Player of the Week      In a rematch of the last two league title games, BullsEye and the Blazers battled on October 14, and BullsEye came away with its first-ever win over the defending champs, 8-5, as goalie Jason Brooks made his first Boston Box Lacrosse League appearance of the season and came away as Marc Mesh Player of the Week.    Brooks – filling in for a vacationing starter – made 22 saves and frustrated the Blazers throughout the night, as BullsEye overcame a 3-2 halftime deficit behind a balanced attack that saw seven different players score goals. Ben Smith’s two goals and Dan DiMaria’s two points led the way for a BullsEye squad that grabbed second place in the league and improved to 2-1 on the fall session; the Blazers got two goals from Brandon Keith and 28 saves from league-leading goalie Joe Evans.    In the night’s other action, the MegaMen completed their first trip through the BBLL unbeaten, jumping out to an 8-2 halftime lead, before a mostly even second half led to a 15-8 finish. Bobby Dabrieo (5 goals, 1 assist) and Bryan Bendig (4 goals, 2 assists) led the way for the league’s most prolific offense, with Mike Maggio chipping in a goal and four assists. Jason Wellemeyer’s four goals led PrimeTime.    With one-third of the regular season now in the books, Maggio (6 goals, 7 assists, 13 points), Dabrieo (10-3-13) and Bendig (9-3-12) stand 1-2-3...
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PrimeTime used a balanced attack in which 10 different players registered points to take its first Boston Box Lacrosse League crown, defeating the previously unbeaten Voyageurs 13-10 to win the Summer 2014 Championship.    Trailing early in the contest 6-2, PrimeTim fought back to even the score at 6, only to give up two goals in the last 90 seconds of the half, the latter scored by the Voyageurs' Mike Byrne, who was pushed by a defender into the crease and goalie Karl Hoffman just before time expired.    The goal stood, but Hoffman had a tough time standing, yet he insisted on playing it out, and PrimeTime rallied in front of him, tying the game at 9, then taking a lead it would never relinquish on a Jason Wellemeyer goal  midway through the final period.    Hoffman made the lead stand up with 20 saves, and PrimeTime peppered league-leading goaltender Joe Evans, whose 35 saves were not enough.    Wellemeyer led PrimeTime with three goals, with Kevin Gould contributing four points on a goal and three assists. Anthony Fitti and Spencer Low had two goals each as eight PrimeTimers notched goals on the night.    Josh Berger led the Voyageurs with four goals, while Garrett Naimie went 3-1 on the night.    For the summer session, Ken Keirstead of the Shamrocks led the league in points with 29 and tied the Voyageurs Brian Krol for the lead in goals with 19. Gould topped the league in assists with 10, while...
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Kevin Gould and Jason Wellemeyer combined for 10 points as PrimeTime broke open a close game early in the second half and forced its way into the championship game of the Boston Box Lacrosse Summer League with a 14-7 win over the Blazers.    PrimeTime needed help to reach the title game and got it from Brian Krol, who netted 9 goals as the Voyageurs closed out a perfect regular season by blowing out the Shamrocks 16-4. The Voyageurs used a lengthy two-man advantage to break open a 3-2 game mid-way through the first half, and the Shamrocks never recovered, as Voyageurs goalie Joe Evans made 39 saves to slam the door shut, completing the Shamrock's collapse that saw them soundly beaten in the last two games when a single win in either of those contests would have clinched a finals' berth.    The Voyageurs will square off with Prime Time in the league championship game at 8 p.m. on August 7, with the Shamrocks and Blazers playing the consolation game at 9 p.m. at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham....
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The Voyageurs broke open a close game and took sole possession of first place at the midpoint of the Boston Box Lacrosse league's summer session with a 13-8 win over the Shamrocks on Thursday, July 17. Brian Krol and Geoffrey Ziobro each scored five goals for the winners, who also got one goal and six assists from Garrett Naimie. League-leading goaltender Joe Evans stopped 30 shots as the Voyageurs improved to 3-0. The Shamrocks, who fell to 2-1, were led by Kenny Keristead's three goals and two assists.    In the nightcap, the Blazers overcame a 13-9 deficit with under four minutes remaining in regulation -- tying the score on Randy Fraser's diving shot with just 35 seconds left -- only to see Kevin Gould score with less than a second on the clock to steal a 15-14 win.Gould finished with five points on the night (3 goals, two assists), while Alex Bunick netted four goals to lead PrimeTime to its first win; Fraser had five goals to lead the Blazers, who also got four goals and three assists from Ian Ardrey and four goals and one assist from John O'Leary.    The Boston Box Lacrosse summer league for 2014 plays Thursday nights at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, and has a few limited spots remaining for players hoping to get in on the second half of the summer action. Contact bostonboxlax@gmail.com for information....
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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