Bullseye, Minutemen tighten the standings again

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Blazers drop second straight, as Bullseye claims share of first place

   Will Walker and John Uppgren combined for five goals and four assists – including three scores during a second-half run that broke open a close game – as Bullseye defeated the Blazers to earn a share of first place in Boston Box Lacrosse League action Dec. 5 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham.

   In the nightcap, the Minutemen held off PrimeTime 9-8, putting the winless PrimeTime squad on the verge of elimination from playoff contention.

   In the marquee game of the night with first-place on the line, it was back-and forth until Bullseye was finally able to establish a two-point edge at 5-3 with five minutes remaining in the first half. When Ben Smith converted a Casey Dowd feed on reverse transition with seconds remaining in the period, Bullseye was able to extend its lead to 7-4 at the break.

   An early second-half score from Brandon Dube cut the edge back to two, before Walker and Uppgren teamed up on three straight scores to give Bullseye a 10-5 edge that allowed them to choke off the time, winning by a final margin of 12-8. Beyond Walker and Uppgren, Josh Hawkins led Bullseye with 13 loose balls, two goals, an assist and two caused turnovers. Charlie Fay also potted two goals, and Todd Zahurak netted a goal and an assist. Faceoff ace Dowd also had 13 loose balls, and goalie Jeff Smith made 29 saves.

   Dube, Randy Fraser and Kyle Baker each had two goals for the defending-champion Blazers – who dropped their second consecutive game – with Fraser adding two helpers, Marty Bowes adding a goal and an assist and Matt Huggett coming up with three assists on the night.

   In the nightcap, the Minutemen and PrimeTime also traded goals for most of the first half, with the Minutemen finally establishing a two-score lead on a man-up marker from Alexi Spears with just over eight minutes left in the period. The teams then traded goals for the remainder of the period, so that the two-goal edge stood up through the break.

   The Minutemen got scores from Rob Murray and Dan Hanley in the first five minutes of the second half, and then spent the remainder of the game trying to keep PrimeTime at bay. Spencer Low scored twice and Henry Archie finished a Brendan Grant feed to make it a one-goal game in the last two minutes of regulation, but Andrew Forrester came up big in net to deny PrimeTime’s bid to knot the score.

   Hanley and Murray led the Minutemen with hat tricks, while Ed Doherty had three helpers and Ryan Murphy and Spears had multi-point nights; Forrester made 28 saves. Low and Grant had hat tricks for PrimeTime, with Archie contributing a goal and two assists, which Jason Brooks stopped 33 shots in absorbing the loss.

   PrimeTime meets Bullseye in the opening game on Dec. 12, followed by the MegaWhales and Blazers also battling for a share of first place. The league will then take a holiday hiatus – playing two weeks of pick-up ball – until it resumes on Jan. 2.

   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