3d Team Steak strengthens hold on first place
Former Tufts teammates Beau Wood and John Uppgren connected on three late goals to give the Gunners their second consecutive 10-9 nail-biting win over the Competitors in Boston Box Lacrosse League summer action on June 27.
In other action, the Voyageurs downed 3d Committed 12-9, and 3d Team Steak remained unbeaten, turning a close game into a rout over the Wolves 19-4.
A week after Uppgren scored the game-winner with one second leftin regulation, he didn’t wait quite so long to supply the heroics, but with a one-goal edge and under 10 minutes remaining, he and Wood rekindled their college fireworks. First Wood bagged his first of the night on a feed from Uppgren, then the pair reversed it, giving the Gunners a 9-6 lead – the first three-goal edge of the game – with 6:35 remaining. After Matt Cancian (UNH) answered for the Competitors, Uppgren fed Wood again, and the Gunners were able to hold off a frantic challenge, as goals by Lukas Buckley (Ohio State) and Cancian gave the Competitors several late chances to tie.
Gunners goalie Andrew Foster made the last two of his 24 saves in the final 15 seconds to preserve the win.
Uppgren finished with four goals and three assists, and Wood added his three points down the stretch. Nick Wbber (Georgian Court) added a pair for the Gunners. Marty Bowes (Hartford), Nick Shaw (Providence) and Cancian led the Competitors with two goals each; Buckley finished with two points. Goalie Christian Kunert finished with 24 stops on the night.
In the night’s opening game, the last-place Wolves ran with first-place Team Steak through the two-thirds of the first half, down 3-2 with 8 minutes remaining only because of the heroics of Steak netminder Teddy Strzetelski (Cornell), only to see Steak score seven goals over the remainder of the half, part of a 10-goal run that put the contest far out of reach.
James Leary (Vermont) led the way with four goals, but Colgate teammates Sam Cleveland and Colin Orr added five goals and four assists, and Steak got a hat trick from Matt Paul (Dartmouth), and multi-point nights from George Loring (Harvard), Tommy von den Benken (Marquette), Colin Mahoney (Skidmore) and Ward Mahoney (Skidmore). Strzetelski finished with 21 saves.
A.J. Karofsky (Regis) had a hat trick for the Wolves. Garrett Naimie (UNE) added two helpers.
Finally, the Voyageurs raced off to a 6-0 lead in the game’s first 12 minutes – the last two in the run scored while shorthanded – and then held off 3d Committed 12-9. Owen Allen (VBabson) led the way with three goals and two helpers, but Luke Bernasconi (Roger Williams), Dean Prouty (Merrimack) and James Righini (St. Anselm) scored two goals each, with Alex Bunick (Babson ) contributing two key assists in transition as the Committed team was working to close the gap.
Pat Wallace made 24 saves for the Voyageurs.
Josh Jordan (Rutgers) led the Commits with a hat trick, while Mark Goodrich (Johns Hopkins) went 2-2 on the night and Pat Foley (Johns Hopkins) added a pair of goals in the loss.
The Boston Box Summer League now takes July 4th off, and returns to action on July 11 with a key battle for first place between 3d Team Steak and the Voyageurs, followed by the Wolves and Gunners, with the nightcap featuring the Competitors and 3d Commits in a battle with significant seeding implications for the playoffs.
The Boston Box Lacrosse League plays on Tuesday nights at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham. For stats, standings and more information on the league – or to get a spot on one of the teams for the remainder of the summer -- 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.