Categories: clam_chatter Date: Jul 13, 2009 Title: Results from Tri StateClams 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.
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!
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
|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 West||4||-||4||Clams Purple|
|Mark D'Addario||4||-||4||Clams Purple|
|Trevor Morrissette||2||2||4||Clams Purple|
|Colin Rossano||3||-||3||Clams Orange|
|John Ricciardi||2||1||3||Clams Orange|
|Matt Scalise||2||1||3||Clams Purple|
|Dylan Gatto||2||-||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|
|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||13||14||48.1||Clams Purple|
|Charlie Suominen||6||3||9||Rising Clams|
|Kyle Heffrin||4||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|
|Rory Finnegan||19||11||63.3||Rising Clams|
|Peter Hines||32||12||72.7||Rising Clams|