Bullseye, MegaWhales claim wins in the last week of the regular season
Mike Maggio’s fourth goal of the game 1:44 into overtime gave the MegaWhales a 12-11 win over the defending-champion Blazers in Jan. 30 action, setting up an interesting playoff round re-match as the teams meet again on Feb. 6 with a trip to the Boston Box Lacrosse League finals on the line.
Maggio’s fourth goal and sixth point on the night capped a back-and-forth game that didn’t mean anything in terms of the final league standings – the Blazers and MegaWhales had clinched second and third place respectively – but it sets up an interesting re-match as the two teams have the immediate turn-around. The Blazers won the first two meetings between the teams, 16-11 and 15-7.
Dylan Burke also added four goals and two assists for the MegaWhales, who got a hat trick plus two assists from Greg Melaugh. The Blazers got five goals from Brandon Dube and a hat trick plus two helpers from Greg Rogowski, to go with 42 saves from league-leading goalie Joe Evans.
In the night’s opening game, Bullseye ran out to a big lead on PrimeTime and was never headed, as John Uppgren netted five goals and two assists, league-leading point-getter Will Walker added three goals and three assists and Justin Turri, Adam Fishman and Charlie Fay contributed two goals apiece. Turri added five caused turnovers in the trout, and Bullseye got 23 saves from Chuck Jaffe, playing for the first time all season after recovering from nagging injuries to his hips and back.
PrimeTime was led by four goals from Henry Archie and two goals and two helpers from Brendan Grant.
The win marks the second consecutive season when Bullseye has topped the regular-season standings, giving them the first-round match-up with the fourth-place Minutemen squad on Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. That game will be followed by the rematch between the MegaWhales and the Blazers. The BBLL fall-winter title game will be played on February 13 at 9 p.m.
The Blazers won the championship game last winter with a 12-11 overtime win over Bullseye.
Through the regular season, Bryce Serriello of the Minutemen led the league in goals with 39, followed by 32 from MegaWhales teammates Maggio and Melaugh. Bullseye’s Will Walker – who led the league in assists with 27 – was the top point-getter, netting 29 goals to give him a total of 56 points. Maggio and the Blazers’ Rogowski finished second and third with 51 and 47 points respectively. Rogowski – who played in just 9 regular season games – topped the league in points-per-game with 5.22.
Serriello led the league in shots on goal with 148, followed by 92 each for Maggio and Walker. Bullseye’s Josh Hawkins led the league in loose balls with 99, followed by Martin Bowes of the Blazers and Ryan Murphy of the Minutemen, who finished tied for second with 89. Murphy led the league in caused turnovers with 26, followed by Hawkins, with PrimeTime’s Alex Bunick and Bullseye’s Justin Turri tied for third with 18.
Vin Curran of Bullseye led the league in penalties and penalty minutes, amassing 11 fouls and 19.5 minutes of penalty time, followed by Murphy of the Minutemen (9/13.5) and Rick Kovalsick of the Blazers (8/12).
Among goalies, the Blazers’ Joe Evans continued his string of being the league’s top keeper – a title he has held in every fall/winter session the league has played. Evans made 340 saves against 98 goals in 10 games to finish with a save percentage of .776, and was challenged by Jeff Smith – who played roughly half of the season with Bullseye subbing for the injured Jaffe – who stopped 165 shots against 52 goals for a .761 save percentage.
The BBLL’s fall-winter regular season concludes on Jan. 30, with two weeks of playoffs in early February.
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