All Star Lacrosse

Results from Tri State


Clams and Rising Clams and Littlenecks at Tri-State, oh my! 

-All stats are posted at the end of the article

The Fighting Clams sent two squads down to play in the 18 UAA division at the Tri State Mid-Summer Classic. It deserves to be mentioned that this bracket of this event is widely regarded as the most competitive of its kind.

The experiences of the two squads could not have been much more different. Clams Purple never really approached its potential; Clams Orange exceeded it, and made history along the way.

The most notable thing that happened all weekend - arguably by any of the 264 teams in attendance - happened late Sunday morning. This was when the Clams Orange met Dukes 1, the team ranked by INSIDE LACROSSE as the top club team in the country. I was sitting on the sidelines watching the Rising Clams compete at the time, and I heard the chatter from players on the two teams behind me waiting to start their next game. Someone heard on the cell phone that the Clam were up 2-0 on the Dukes, then 3-0. Before I knew it, Clams Orange was up 6-1 on the Dukes, sparking - to be honest - some disbelief among the ranks. Now representative of the team they are - the best - they staged a fierce rally, and closed the gap to just one. But the Clams Orange held on for the 6-5 win, which to this point is quite likely the single most significant win of the summer. (In the next game, a great one as well, Clams Orange lost the eventual Tournament Champion LI Express 2011 Central squad 5-6.)

Only one other Clam team has beaten a Dukes team, and this was in an indoor tournament in 2007. On that Fighting Clam team were players now competing at Johns Hopkins, Towson, Princeton, Harvard & Cornell. Certainly bodes well for members of this past weekend's Orange team members.

Next weekend, a good percentage of the best players from both Clam teams will come together to compete in the Shootout @ UMBC. If there is another event that rivals Tri State in terms of overall level of competitiveness, it is the Shootout. And if we can build on what Orange accomplished this past weekend, we might have a shot at again making some history.

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The Rising Clams had a fine outing this past weekend, getting knocked out in the Playoff Semi-finals by Team Long Island in overtime after a strong quarter-final win vs. local foe NESLL. As a general rule, the Rising Clams played with a level of energy, toughness and enthusiasm that I look for from all teams in the Clam program. And indeed several of these players will be receiving their invitations to be elder Fighting Clams during our fall slate of tournament by summer's end.

The Rising Clams leader in both goals and total points was Charlie Suominen (rising junior attackman, Governors). Charlie is a Rising Clam/Fighting Clam crossover, which means he has been called up to the Fighting Clams for other events this summer. And in fact this is the one event where he remained a Rising Clam. He was looked upon from the outset as a leader of this team. And he delivered.

Following closely behind Charlie was the tough lefty Kyle Heffrin (rising junior attackman, St. Johns Prep) and the often flashy Jack Rautiola (rising sophomore midfielder, Rivers).

The defense might have been the cornerstone of this team. The strength of this unit began in the cage, with the tandem of Rory Finnegan (rising junior, Lowell) and Peter Hines (rising sophomore, Governors). Standouts includes but were not limited to long stick middie Tommy Rehnert (rising junior, Rivers), Matt Ryan (rising junior, Tyngsboro HS) and Rising Clam/Fighting Clam crossovers Clark Demos and Matt D'amore (both rising juniors from Duxbury).

The Fighting Clams are lucky indeed to have such capable players lying in wait for their Clam call-up. As mentioned earlier, for many it'll happen in the very near future!

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The Littlenecks competed well in their first outing of the summer. Competing in a division which we acknowledged going in would be quite a challenge, they came out with a couple strong outings. Certainly the groundwork was laid for a strong finish to the summer with this group, and indeed a bright future given so many of the L'necks still have one year as Littleneck-aged players.

If pictures-are-worth-a-thousand-words, than these pictures tell the tale more thoroughly than I ever could. Enjoy. (These photos courtesy of Littleneck father Mike Gaiss - thanks Mike...)

Friday, July 10
Slideshow - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoblue/sets/72157621361504242/show/
Listing/Index - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoblue/sets/72157621361504242

Saturday, July 11
Slideshow - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoblue/sets/72157621235122225/show/
Listing/Index - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoblue/sets/72157621235122225

Sunday, July 12
Slideshow - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoblue/sets/72157621362964972/show/
Listing/Index - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgoblue/sets/72157621362964972

-JW

INIVIDUAL STATS

NAMEGOALS
ASSISTS
TOTAL
TEAM
Murph Vandervelde
10
1
11
Clams Orange
Kane Haffey
7
2
9
Clams Orange
Franklin Reis
6
2
8
Clams Orange
Will Walker
5
3
8
Clams Orange
Garrett Campbell
4
3
7
Clams Purple
Spencer Macquarrie
4
2
6
Clams Orange
Zach Brown
3
2
5
Clams Orange
Derek West4
-
4
Clams Purple
Mark D'Addario
4
-
4
Clams Purple
Trevor Morrissette
2
2
4
Clams Purple
Colin Rossano3
-
3
Clams Orange
John Ricciardi
2
1
3
Clams Orange
Matt Scalise
2
1
3
Clams Purple
Dylan Gatto2
-
2
Clams Purple
Wil Mason
2
-
2
Clams Orange
Jimmy Murphy
1
1
2
Clams Orange
TJ Hartner
1
-
1
Clams Purple
Sam Reinhart
1
-
1
Clams Orange
Matt Thistle
1
-
1
Clams Purple
Peter Willauer
1
-
1
Clams Orange
Frank Wheeler-Larusso
1
-
1
Clams Purple
Derek Youngman
-
1
1
Clams Orange
Craig Wood
-
1
1
Clams Purple
Griff Cardew
-
1
1
Clams Orange
Brendan McNeill
-
1
1
Clams Purple
Charlie Finnegan
-
1
1
Clams Orange
Peter Reiley
-
1
1
Clams Orange
GOALIE
SAVES
GOALS AGAINST
%
TEAM
Mickey Zaverucha
23
18
56.1
Clams Orange
Peter Reiley
18
16
52.5
Clams Orange
Conor Murphy
15
19
44.1
Clams Purple
Conor Fraylick
1314
48.1
Clams Purple
NAME
GOALS
ASSISTS
TOTAL
TEAM
Charlie Suominen
6
3
9
Rising Clams
Kyle Heffrin4
4
8
Rising Clams
Jack Rautiola
3
5
8
Rising Clams
Gabriel Borunda
3
4
7
Rising Clams
Kevin Sainte
4
2
6
Rising Clams
Tyler Chastnov
1
3
4
Rising Clams
Will Ballantyne
3
-
3
Rising Clams
Jeff Vaz
3
-
3
Rising Clams
Johnny MacNamara
2
1
3
Rising Clams
Dave Nagelberg
1
2
3
Rising Clams
Kerry Ecker
-
3
3
Rising Clams
GOALIESAVESGOALS AGAINST%TEAM
Rory Finnegan
19
11
63.3
Rising Clams
Peter Hines
32
12
72.7
Rising Clams

 

 

 





























NAME
GOALS
ASSISTS
TOTAL
TEAM
Tyler Bogart
6
1
7
Littlenecks
Foster Leboeuf
1
5
6
Littlenecks
Tucker Mscisz
4
1
5
Littlenecks
Shaun O'Hare
3
-
3
Littlenecks
Andrew O'Connell
2
-
2
Littlenecks
Austin Gaiss
2
-
2
Littlenecks
Jory Makin
1
1
2
Littlenecks
Drew Bourdeau
1
1
2
Littlenecks
Tyler Martz
-
2
2
Littlenecks
Zach Pawa
1
-
1
Littlenecks
GOALIESAVESGOALS AGAINST%TEAM
Dillon Guthro
13
11
54.2
Littlenecks
Kevin Lally
17
22
43.6
Littlenecks

LITTLENECKS

RISING CLAMS

 

 

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