Blazers, Bullseye win big in pre-holiday finales

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The two teams share first place as BBLL season enters the home stretch

   Marty Bowes’ seven goals and two assists led the Blazers as a battle for a share of the first place turned into a blowout 15-7 win over the MegaWhales. In the opener on Dec. 12, it was a nine-point effort from Will Walker that led Bullseye to its own big win, 19-5 over PrimeTime, leaving Bullseye and the Blazers – who have split their two meetings this season – tied atop the standings at 6-2.

   Beyond Walker’s 5-goal, 4-assist effort – which moved him into the league’s points lead – Bullseye got three goals and three assists from Adam Fishman, a hat-trick from Vin Curran, a goal and four assists from Justin Turri and multi-point nights from Greg Lally, John Uppgren, and Chris Curtis. Bullseye led 8-0 at halftime and was up 11-0 before PrimeTime finally broke through; PrimeTime had five separate goal scorers on the night.

   In the nightcap, Greg Rogowski scored three of the Blazers’ first four goals and Bowes scored four goals and added two helpers as the Blazers raced out to an 11-4 halftime lead. Rogowski finished with five points on the night, Kurt Hunziker added a hat trick, Kyle Baker had three helpers and Randy Fraser contributed a goal and an assist in the win, with Joe Evans having a stellar night in the net, stopping 39 shots on goal as the MegaWhales actually put one more shot on goal during the game than the Blazers did.

   Greg Melaugh led the MegaWhales with a hat trick and two assists, while Tim Towler and Mark Goodrich had multi-point games.

   The Boston Box Lacrosse League season now takes a two-week holiday break before resuming in January with the last round-robin of four games per team through the schedule. Through eight games, Bryce Serriello of the Minutemen is the leader in goals (27) and shots on goal (108). Walker (19) leads the league in assists (19) and points (41), followed by Bowes, who stands second in goals (25), tied for third in assists (13) and second in points (38).

   Josh Hawkins of Bullseye leads the league in loose balls with 81, followed by PrimeTime goalie Jason Brooks with 71. Hawkins is second in the league in caused turnovers (15) but stands well behind leader Ryan Murphy (21) of the Minutemen. Vin Curran of Bullseye leads the league in penalties and penalty minutes.

   Among goalies, Joe Evans’ .775 save percentage leads the regulars, but Jeff Smith – who has played two games for Bullseye as a replacement to the injured Chuck Jaffe – has racked up a .824 save percentage in his spot duty.

   On Dec. 19 and 26, the Boston Box Lacrosse League will host its annual holiday pick-up games, which run from 9 – 11 p.m. Players aged 18 and up are invited; the costs is $20.

   The BBLL season resumes Jan. 2 with the MegaWhales meeting the Minutemen, followed by the Blazers versus PrimeTime.

   The Boston Box Lacrosse League, a member of US Indoor Lacrosse, plays at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham. For stats, standings and more information on the league, go to BostonBoxLax.com. The league posts announcements and commentary on Twitter and can be followed @BostonBoxLax.

   South Shore Sports Center is located at 55 Recreation Park Drive in Hingham; fans and friends can watch games from the arena seating or at the Skybox Lounge, where food and drinks are served. Information is available at southshoresportscenter.com.

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Standings

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Team Win Loss GF GA
Bullseye 10 2 185 121
Blazers 8 4 164 135
MegaWhales 7 5 153 141
Minutemen 5 7 132 163
PrimeTime 1 11 108 182

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