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BBLL: PrimeTime Makes Statement With 2nd Win

PrimeTime, which won just one game during the 2018-18 regular season, took down the Minutemen 9-3 on Oct. 30 at South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., earning the team’s second victory of the young new season and sending a message that they will be in the hunt for a playoff spot.

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Ken Keirstead of PrimeTime, who returned from an injury that cost him much of 2016-17 and all of the 2017-18 season, scored twice in his first BBLL game this season with PrimeTime.

BONUS: Check out last week’s Boston Box Lacrosse League results here.

Kenny Keirstead – returning for the first time in over a year after recovering from an Achillies injury – scored two goals to lead the way along with team captain Alex Bunick, who netted two transition goals for the efficient PrimeTime offense. Despite putting fewer shots on net, PrimeTime turned a 2-1 halftime advantage into a 6-1 lead mid-way into the second stanza, and coasted from there. Matt Huggett, Kyle Minaker – also returning from injury—Brendan Grant, Henry Archie and Spencer Low all scored solo markers for PrimeTime, with Archie, Low and Huggett adding assists. Bunick led all players with nine loose balls in the win, and goalie Jeff Smith stopped 35 of the 38 shots the Minutemen put on the cage. Austin Franklin, Will Jennings and Ryan Murphy picked up goals for the Minutemen.

In the night’s first gameBullseye turned up its defense in the second half and shut out the MegaWhales, en route to a 12-2 win. John Uppgren led the balanced Bullseye attack with three goals and two assists, while Bo Woods and Kyle Smith scored twice each, and Will Walker, Adam Fishman and Vin Curran all had multi-point nights. Jack Korzelius led the Bullseye defense by causing three turnovers – and he added his first score of the season to boot – as the team registered 12 caused turnovers to more than double up the MegaWhales on that front. Alex Krawec stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced on the night to backstop the win.

Greg Melaugh and Scott Corcoran led the MegaWhales with nine and seven loose balls each; Mark White and Kyle Sminkey scored the team’s goals, and goalie Chris Hettler made 29 saves.

PrimeTime’s win means the team has eclipsed last season’s win total and the victories against the MegaWhales and Minutemen give the team the early jump on getting playoff tiebreakers. The top four finishers in the regular season play for the BBLL title.

That said, PrimeTime’s task gets tougher next week when it matches up with Bullseye in the 9 p.m. game on Nov. 6, followed by a face-off between the MegaWhales and the Blazers.

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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