Wood’s 5 late goals keys Bullseye comeback over Minutemen
Beau Wood scored five times as Bullseye scored eight of the game’s last nine goals to take a come-from-behind 18-13 win over the scrappy Minutemen squad in Boston Box Lacrosse League action on Nov. 21. In the opening game of the evening at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, the MegaWhales got hat tricks from Tim Towler, Mark White and defender Scott Corcoran to key an 18-13 victory over PrimeTime.
The opening game saw the MegaWhales control the tempo and scoring, only to see PrimeTime routine claw its way back; after the MegaWhales made the gap five goals with 3:30 left in the first half, Brendan Grant scored twice – the last beating the half buzzer – as a three goal run closed the gap to 9-7 at the break. But the MegaWhales scored four of five goals potted during the first 3:30 of the second half – with Mike Maggio involved in three of those scores -- stretching the lead to 13-8. From there, the two teams traded goals the rest of the way.
Aside from the three hat tricks, the MegaWhales got multi-point nights from Maggio, Kyle Sminkey, Jake Rotman, Bryant Amitrano, Mark Goodrich and Dan Hettler; PrimeTime got three goals and assist from both Grant and Brett Serriello, and multi-point games from Connor Johnson, Henry Archie, Spencer Low and Jack Murphy.
In the nightcap, the Minutemen jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a game that saw five ties and five lead changes to finish 7-7 at the half. The second half started with the same kind of back-and-forth effort, with the Minutemen scoring twice in the first 90 seconds of the second stanza before Josh Hawkins netted a natural hat trick to make it 10-9 Bullseye.
The Minutemen tied it with a goal from Kyle Denhoff and two more goals from Dan Hanley made it 12-10 just past the mid-way mark in the period.
And then Beau Wood showed up, tying the game and then – after scores from teammates Greg Lally and Chris Breiner – reeling off four straight goals in a five-minute stretch that saw Bullseye finally take control.
Wood finished with five scores on seven shots on goal, but Hawkins added four scores, Breiner posted three goals and three assists and Will Walker had a five-point night to lead the way. Lally, Ben Smith and Todd Zahurak also posted multi-point nights. The Minutemen were led by four goals and six assists from Hanley, plus three goals and a helper from Denhoff. Ryan Murphy added a goal and three assists, and J.D. Hall and Luke Bernasconi had multi-point games.
The two winning teams will square off in the nightcap on Nov. 28, with the MegaWhales having taken a 14-12 decision in the first meeting this season. The Minutemen return to action to replace the first-place Blazers in the opening game.
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.