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Collegiate Clams get plenty of pre-season praise


INSIDE LACROSSE/FACE-OFF Magazine is out with its annual Pre-season "Yearbook"; as usual, Clam Alumni are everywhere

It's one thing to play the "committed-to" game (this player is committed to go here, and this player is committed to go there), it's a fun game to play. It's always exciting to try to guess who the next great player will be, and if they'll be from your program.

But a commitment is, at best, a promise to get you through the door, and nothing more. Once you arrive at your collegiate destination, you have to earn your stripes. And the blunt truth is, due either to not meeting academic or on-field expectations, more will not make it then will make it.

That said, players getting their mention in the FACE-OFF magazine have at least earned some stripes. For freshmen, to get a mention means you've impressed in fall ball (and, frankly, for a freshmen to get a mention, he must have impressed a lot). For sophomores, juniors & seniors, it means after at least one season, coaches believe these players are prepared to either step into the limelight, or return to the limelight, as the case may be.

So, for a second, let's give our attention where it actually belongs. Not as much to the high school players who might make it when they arrive at their destination, but to the ones who have. After actual time spent on a college field, the players below have gained enough of their coach's confidence to warrant an announcement to the lacrosse world, in its foremost Pre-season publication, that they're ready.

So here goes the Top Gun Fighting Clams forecast by FACE-OFF Magazine to shine in '11*.

In this publication, FACE-OFF has focused on all D1 programs, but only the Pre-season Top 10 in D2, and the Pre-season Top 20 in D3. So it is only players on these programs, and players earning noteworthy Pre-season distinctions from unranked D2 and D3 teams such as Pre-season All-Conference or All-American, who I'm able to mention below. 

As always, congrats to everyone below.

*While we will have many Clams playing on D1 team and top D2/D3 teams throughout collegiate lacrosse, below we are mentioning only those who got an actual mention in FACE-OFF. So apologies to those in advance to those of you who have played hard and made the team, but did not get a mention; we'll catch up with you during the spring

DIVISION 1

#1 RANKED SYRACUSE ORANGE
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Hakeem Lecky (Duxbury HS/Avon Old Farms, midfield)
Says FACE-OFF: "Also in the mix...Hakeem Lecky (Duxbury, MA), who impressed the coaches in the fall (p. 65)" 

#4 RANKED CORNELL BIG RED
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Scott Austin (Duxbury HS, attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "The third attack spot is between (another player) and junior Scott Austin (13G). Austin, a lefty, started nine games last year (p. 70).

Chris Langton (St. Johns Prep/Northfield Mt. Hermon, midfield)
Says FACE-OFF: "Junior Chris Langton (12G, 3A) was injured for much of his first two years, but he is the team's strongest player, and one of its fastest. His stick skills remain raw but athletically, he has a chance to win matchups with shortsticks and will be in the top 6 (p. 70)." 

#5 RANKED DUKE BLUE DEVILS
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Luke Duprey (Phillips Andover, LSM/defense)
Says FACE-OFF: "The competition for time with (CJ Costabile) will be (another player) and Luke Duprey (Phillips Andover, Mass). Duprey has phenomenal potential. He was IL's #4 incoming recruit and it's #1 defenseman. He also was a standout hockey player and attended the NHL draft (p. 73)...(Luke is also mentioned in the INSIDE LACROSSE'S Top 20 Recruiting Class lead-off story (p. 45))."

#7 RANKED NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
Notre Dame
Quinn Cully (Duxbury HS, midfield)
Says FACE-OFF: "Sophomore Quinn Cully played extensively as a defensive midfielder but is a standout athlete and offers a two-way threat (p. 76)."

#11 RANKED JOHN HOPKINS BLUE JAYS
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Mark Goodrich (The Rivers School, attack/midfield)
Says FACE-OFF: "Senior Mark Goodrich was highly coveted out of high school but missed last year with an achilles injury. He has good size and off ball moves, and will be a target inside when the Blue Jays invert (p. 84)."

#12 RANKED DENVER PIONEERS
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Jeff Brown (Cohasset HS, defense)
Says FACE-OFF: "The two main returnees on the Pioneers defense are (another player) and Jeff Brown. Brown (CT), a lefty, relies on good position...(p. 87)."

#20 RANKED BUCKNELL BISON
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Mickey Zaverucha (Duxbury HS, goalie)
Says FACE-OFF: (From IL Recruiting Report sidebar) "The Bison add some quality talent on the defensive end, with IL Top 15 goalie Mickey Zaverucha from Duxbury, Mass (p. 105)."

#22 RANKED HARVARD CRIMSON
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Jack Walker (Phillips Andover, attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "Lefty attackman Jack Walker and (another player) have impressed, and should see time (p. 107)."

Mark Scalise (St. Johns Prep, midfield/attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "Junior Mark Scalise (2A) is another attack/midfield threat with good size and game sense. Wojcik thinks he'll have a breakout year (p. 107)."

Eric Slingerland (Phillips Exeter, midfield)
Says FACE-OFF: (from INSIDE LACROSSE'S Top 20 Recruiting Class lead-off story) "Top Recruit: Eric Slingerland...tough New England scorer Eric Slingerland adds some punch to the offense (p. 45)."

#27 RANKED FAIRFIELD STAGS
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Jordan Greenfield (The Rivers School, attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "Jordan Greenfield (and two others) were strong scorers in high school, and should compete for time (p. 112)."

#28 RANKED TOWSON TIGERS
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Zach Brown (Governors Academy, midfield/attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "Zach Brown (and three other incoming freshmen) are the newcomers who could see the most time at midfield (p. 113)...(Zach is also mentioned in the INSIDE LACROSSE'S Top 20 Recruiting Class lead-off story (p. 45))."

#38 RANKED HOBART STATESMEN
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Tim Bigelow (The Rivers School/Northfield Mt. Hermon, attack)
Says FACE-OFF: Senior Tim Bigelow will move back to attack (4G, 15A), the position he played in high school, to help anchor a lefty-heavy unit (p. 119)."

#40 RANKED SIENA SAINTS
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Lucas Paratore (St. Johns Prep, LSM)
Says FACE-OFF: "There will be fresh faces at LSM, as sophomores (another player) and Lucas Paratore will fight for time (p. 120)."

#41 RANKED RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
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Stephen Belichick (The Rivers School, LSM)
Says FACE-OFF: "Stephen Belichick (4GB) is a steady player who will lead an LSM corps that is filled with returnees (p. 121)."

#44 RANKED QUINNIPIAC BOBCATS
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Bobby Schnibbe (Duxbury HS/played previously at UMASS, LSM)
Says FACE-OFF: "In 2010, the Bobcats were a tough unit, holding teams to only 8.57 goals per game...Bobby Schnibbe (35 GB), a talented LSM, is also a returning face-off threat (p. 122)."
Bobby is ranked as the NEC's Pre-season All Conference LSM (p. 61)

#50 RANKED UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT CATAMOUNTS

Evan O'Brien (The Rivers School/Phillips Exeter, defense)
Says FACE-OFF: "Defense is the Catamounts most experienced unit on the field...a trio of senior four year starters are back in (three others) and close defender Evan O'Brien (23,11) (p. 125)."
Evan is a Captain for the Catamounts in 2011

#51 RANKED HARTFORD HAWKS
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Tim Fallon (Lawrence Academy, F/O midfielder)
Says FACE-OFF: "All American Tim Fallon (207-333, 62%, 131 GB) returns after leading the NCAA in both ground balls per game (9.36) and face-off win pct. (p. 126)."
Tim is ranked as the America East's Pre-season All Conference F/O man (p. 55), and as a Pre-season 2nd Team All-American (p. 32)

#55 RANKED SACRED HEART PIONEERS
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Chris Casey (Duxbury HS/played previously at UMASS, midfield)
Says FACE-OFF: "Coach Mariano is hopeful that juniors Chris Casey (8G, 1A) (and another player) can keep improving and make a bigger impact this season (p. 128)"

#58 RANKED SAINT JOSEPH'S HAWKS
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Augustus Quinzani (Duxbury HS, midfield)
Says FACE-OFF: "Juniors Augustus Quinzani (and another player) could also see time (p. 129)."

DIVISION 2

#8 RANKED BENTLEY FALCONS
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Brendan Grant (Xaverian Brothers HS, attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "Brendan Grant (25G, 12A) and (another player) return after handling the heavy lifting as scoring attackmen (p. 139)."

Dan Buonagurio (Duxbury HS, F/O midfielder)
Says FACE-OFF: "Dan Buonagurio will anchor the face-off game, with (another player) also taking draws (p. 139)."

Troy Neville (Duxbury HS, midfield)
Says FACE-OFF: "The second group consists of (two other players) and Troy Neville (1G, 58% F/O) (p. 139)."

DIVISION 3

#1 RANKED TUFTS JUMBOS
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Sam Gardner (Phillips Exeter, LSM/defense)
Says FACE-OFF: "Sam Gardner split time with (another player) and was important in the Jumbo's playoff run (p. 148)."

Matt Callahan (Phillips Exeter, defense)
Says FACE-OFF: "There are some vital losses to the backline, but Daly is excited about Fairfield transfer Matt Callahan, who started every game as a freshman, and is a great talent on the close defense (p. 148)."

Tyler Page (Phillips Exeter, goalie)
Says FACE-OFF: "Sophomore Tyler Page is an active backup who will push (the starter) in practice (p. 148)."

#6 RANKED HAVERFORD FORDS
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Max Cassidy (Phillips Exeter, attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "Max Cassidy (3G, 2A), a sophomore, had a sound freshman year, and is expected to step up in 2011 (p. 151)."

#10 RANKED CONNECTICUT CAMELS
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Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset HS, F/O midfielder)
Says FACE-OFF: "Face offs will be a strength, with the return of Chuck Czerkawski (131-216, 61%), one of the best in the conference (p. 153)."

John Lenehan (B.C. High, goalie)
Says FACE-OFF "(The starting goaltender) will be pushed by classmate John Lenehan, a vocal leader who plays angles very well (p. 153)."

#11 RANKED LYNCHBURG HORNETS
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Derek Sweet (Duxbury HS, midfield/attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "Derek Sweet and (another player) are also formidable options at midfield (p. 153)."

#19 RANKED BOWDOIN POLAR BEARS
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Franklin Reis (Governors Academy, attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "Coach McCabe also expects to see Franklin Reis (and another player) to see significant playing time (p. 157)."

Mark Flibotte (Cohasset HS, midfield/attack)
Says FACE-OFF: "Mark Flibotte also returns after missing much of 2010 with an ACL injury (p. 157)."

PLAYERS FROM UNRANKED TEAMS GARNERING PRE-SEASON HONORS

Springfield College
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Mark Eaton (The Rivers School, F/O midfielder)
Mark is ranked as the Pilgrim League's Pre-season All Conference F/O man (p. 161), and as a Pre-Season HM All-American (p. 147).


Wheaton College
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Billy McNamara (The Rivers School/Northfield Mt. Hermon, attack)
Billy is ranked as the one of the Pilgrim League's Pre-season All Conference attackmen (p. 161)

Trinity College
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Teddy Bascom (Lincoln/Sudbury HS/played previously at Towson University, defense)
Teddy is ranked as one of the NESCAC's Pre-Season All Conference defensemen (p. 161), and will be a Captain for the Bantams in 2011

Salem State
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Brendan Gill (Chelmsford HS, goalie)
Brendan is ranked at the Little East's Pre-season All Conference goaltender (p. 160)


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