Bullseye spreads the wealth in come-from-behind victory
After falling behind 4-0 with an apparent case of opening-night jitters, Bullseye scored the game’s next seven goals, got seemingly everyone involved in the act and ran off to a 14-8 win over the Minutemen. In the other Week 2 game at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass. on Oct. 17, the MegaWhales jumped out to a 7-2 lead over PrimeTime and cruised to a 15-8 final.
Bullseye – which finished first in the 2016-17 regular season but lost in the title game – was playing its season opener against the Minutemen after having a first-week bye and the team started as if it had been on a long layoff, falling behind 4-0 over the game’s first 10 minutes. But once Josh Hawkins broke the seal with a strip-and-breakaway score, Bullseye connected for seven consecutive markers to take control. Defender Kevin Murphy scored twice on long defensive breakouts, while Adam Fishman netted feeds from Will Walker and Beau Wood in that run.
Bryce Serriello continued his torrid start to the season, and netted two goals early in the second half to narrow the margin to 8-7, and a tying goal was waived off for having come after the expiration of the shot clock, but Bullseye’s pressure – which generated 18 caused turnovers -- was too much for the Minutemen to handle down the stretch.
Eleven different Bullseye players tallied points, nine had goals and eight had multi-point nights as the team got contributions from seemingly everyone. Hawkins, Fishman, Murphy, Beau Wood, John Uppgren had two goals each; Walker, Justin Turri and Greg Lally added multi-point nights. Turri, Uppgren and Wood each had three caused turnovers.
Serriello’s five points led the Minutemen – he now has nine goals in two games – who got two scores from Rob Murray and multi-point games from Neil Calkin and Ed Doherty. Max Adler corralled 12 loose balls for the Minutemen.
In the night’s opening game, Mark White’s first-half hat trick, plus two goals each from Mark Goodrich and Greg Melaugh accounted for most of the MegaWhales 8-2 halftime lead over PrimeTime. While PrimeTime was able to cut the lead to three, a five-goal MegaWhales stretch run salted the game away.
Melaugh led the team with 4 goals and an assist in the 15-8 final; Dylan Burke added three goals and two assists, White finished with four points and Goodrich, Henry Graves, Dan Hettler and Tim Towler all contributed two or more points.
The MegaWhales and Bullseye will battle to stay atop the league standings when the BBLL returns to action on Oct. 24, with the Blazers playing the Minutemen in the night’s 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.