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 Minutemen got five points –and five caused turnovers from Murray, along with hat tricks from Ed Doherty and Ryan Murphy. League-leading goal scorer Will Jennings found the back of the net twice, as did Nick Black for the Minutemen.
In the opener on Jan. 29, Bullseye looked to rebound from its first loss of the season against a desperate MegaWhales team, and the league leaders jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the game’s first 14 minutes with Charlie Fay and Will Walker scoring twice each during the run.
The MegaWhales climbed back into the game before the halftime breakwith Mike Maggio and Dan Hettler each having a hand in three goals before the game hit halftime with a 12-6 score.
Bullseye defender Chris Willman – who scored his first goal of the season late in the first half – scored twice more on breakaways early in the second half, allowing Bullseye to put the game on cruise control the rest of the way.
In all, 14 of Bullseye’s 15 runners registered points on the evening, led by Walker – who had five assists to go with his two early goals – and Kyle Smith, who scored five times. Willman, Vin Curran and Chris Breiner all finished with hat tricks, while Fay, John Uppgren and Beau Wood each contributed multi-point nights.
Maggio led the way for the MegaWhales with four goals and two helpers, while Hettler added four points, and Sam Houston-Read, Erik Swanson and Greg Melaugh each added two points on the night.
PrimeTime’s win clinched the final playoff berth but did not lock down the final standings. Bullseye has locked down first place and the Blazers the second spot, but if PrimeTime upsets Bullseye in the final week of the regular season, it will tie the Minutemen for third place, and will earn the third-place spot in the playoffs by virtue of a 2-1 record against the Minutemen.
PrimeTime takes on Bullseye to open the action on Feb. 5; if Bullseye wins, the two teams will meet again the following week in the first round of the playoffs. The Blazers return from their bye week to finish out the regular season on Feb. 5 with a 10 p.m. game versus the MegaWhales.
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