Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Nov 18, 2009
     Title: IAS & HOFSTRA TOURNEY RESULTS

IAS Rising Clams & Hofstra Clams leave mark this weekend.



Hofstra Event (11/15)

Fighting Clams Orange: 3-0
Team Photo:
More Photos: http://chriswilliams.smugmug.com/Chase-Lacrosse/Clams-and-College-Tournaments



Comments:
This team may have been the pleasant surprise of this tournament, or the entire program for that matter. This group consisted primarily of sophomore and junior newcomers to the Fighting Clams, with a smattering of seniors to show the newcomers the "Clam way". And the experiment has worked very, very well.

While the team changed a bit from the Harvard event to UMASS to Hofstra, its core - particularly from UMASS to Hofstra - remained in tact. And not only did a Clams Orange not lose all fall. But no team came closer than 3 goals.

And while the seniors at this point have received their due attention from our organization and beyond, I think  it is important to recognize sophomores such as Joe Ricciuti (Norwell), Sam Sweet, Chris Williams & Paul Hellar (Duxbury) & Jared Fong (Weston), as well as new Fighting Clams Chris Garibladi (Salisbury), Tanner Powers, & Tom Rehnert (Rivers), and Matt Ryan (Tyngsboro) who will form the core of a great new class of Clams for the Summer of 2010 - indeed as exciting a class of newcomers as we've had to date!


Game Scores & Stats

Fighting Clams Orange vs. Westrock Blue 11-2
#12 Hakeem Lecky - 2 goals
#13 Quinn McDonough - 1 goal
#14 Jimmy Murphy - 2 goals
#8 Paul Hellar - 2 goals
#6 TJ Hartner - 1 goal
#2 John McNamara - 2 goals
#20 Sam Sweet - 2 assists
#5 Dylan Gatto - 3 assists
#18 Joe Ricciuti - 1 goal

Fighting Clams Orange vs. Chargers 10-6
#20 Sam Sweet - 1 goal, 2 assists
#5 Dylan Gatto - 2 goals
#6 TJ Hartner - 1 goal, 1 assist
#12 Hakeem Lecky - 1 goal
#8 Paul Hellar - 2 goals
#14 Matt Ryan - 1 goal
#10 Justin Kirchner - 1 goal
#22 Chris Williams - 1 assist
#2 John McNamara - 1 goal

Fighting Clams Orange vs. LI Saints 10-4
#6 TJ Hartner - 1 goal
#10 Justin Kirchner - 2 goals
#5 Dylan Gatto - 3 goals
#20 Sam Sweet - 1 goal, 1 assist
#18 Joe Ricciuti - 2 goals, 1 assist
#12 Hakeem Lecky - 1 goal, 1 assist
#17 Tommy Rehnert - 1 assist
#2 John McNamara - 2 assists
#13 Quinn McDonough - 1 assist

Fighting Clams Blue: 1-1-1
Team Photo:
More Photos:
http://chriswilliams.smugmug.com/Chase-Lacrosse/Clams-and-College-Tournaments



Comments:
The Fighting Clams Blue team ended the day with another record that suggests a mixed performance. And in some ways it was. The first game of the day was the best, defeating soundly the Seminoles of Connecticut. It's hard to single out the game's standouts, because really the squad was strong from top to bottom.

The second game pitted the Blue squad against Smithtown HS, a crew with a handful of committed D1 players, and a team that Hofstra Head Coach Seth Tierney told one of our players was in his opinion the best team at the tournament. After a tough start (down by 3 at the half), we fought our way back to a 6-6 tie behind the sticks of Murph Vandervelde, Will Walker & Derek Youngman, the scrappy midfield play of Alex Bunick, the solid play of all of our poles, and the tremendous goalie play of the squad's only sophomore, Jared Fong.

Our third game, vs. the CT Chargers, was one we'd like to forget. Undermanned due to the departure of a few players, the Chargers rallied admirably. And despite the strong goalie play of Conor Fraylick, this is one we let slip away, playing the third game of the day like it was - well - the third game of the day.

Throughout the fall, the Blue team - whose core also stayed more or less the same throghout the season - faced the toughest schedule of any of our Clam teams. And their effort and perisistence against some of the strongest teams around made our coaches confident that our best lacrosse lie ahead.

Game Scores & Stats

Fighting Clams Blue vs. Seminoles 8-3
#2 Alex Bunick - 2 goals
#21 Derek Youngman - 2 goals
#13 Colin Rossano - 2 goals
#14 Matt Scalise - 1 goal
#11 Jimmy O'Connell - 2 assists
#7 Kane Haffey - 1 goal, 2 assists
#17 Murph Vandervelde - 1 assist

Fighting Clams Blue vs. Smithtown West 6-6
#17 Murph Vandervelde - 1 goal
#18 Will Walker - 3 goals, 1 assist
#21 Derek Youngman - 1 goal, 1 assist
#13 Colin Rossano - 1 goal
#16 Matt Thistle - 1 assist
#14 Matt Scalise - 1 assist

Fighting Clams Blue vs. Chargers Blue 3-6
#18 Will Walker - 1 goal
#17 Murph Vandervelde - 1 goal, 2 assists
#21 Derek Youngman - 1 goal
#14 Matt Scalise - 1 assist

IAS Event (11/14)

Rising Clams Blue: 2-1-1

Comments: The Rising Clams Blue team had a solid showing on Saturday. While not outstanding from top to bottom for the duration of that day, The Blue squad certainly showed more good than bad. And some players - by and large the players who will be Fighting Clams this summer - were outstanding throughout.

The day started off a little slow, as the RC Blue squad tied Team One. Standouts included gifted finisher Will Ballantyne, who led all Blue scorers in goals scored by a relatively wide margin, Eli Hayward, and midfidlers Kyle Soroka and Jeff Hurray.

The Blue squad responded well, besting the IAS Cougars by a couple goals in a well-played, back and forth affair. Again, Ballantyne, Hayward & Hurray led the way offensively, helped out significantly by Shaun O'Hare and Geoff Kennedy.

The Clams dropped their third game to a solid Nova Scotia (who the RC White squad later beat), then responded well, beating the OWU team by 6 goals. Once again the torch was carried by Will Ballantyne. But significant contributions were also given by Kyle Soroka, Sam Tenney, Eli Hayward, Geoff Kennedy, and goaltender AJ Boyd.

On the whole, the day was successful for the Blue team, and capped for many of these young men what has been a fine fall season.

Game Scores & Stats

Rising Clams Blue vs. Team ONE 9-9
#271 Jeff Hurray - 1 goal, 1 assist
#262 Kyle Soroka - 2 goals
#996 Eli Hayward - 2 goals, 2 assists
#257 Will Ballantyne - 3 goals
#261 Sam Tenney - 1 goal, 2 assists

Rising Clams Blue vs. IAS Panthers 12-10
#263 Matthew Gorski - 1 goal, 1 assist
#257 Will Ballantyne - 3 goals
#996 Eli Hayward - 2 goals, 1 assist
#271 Jeff Hurray - 2 goals
#260 Shaun O'Hare - 1 goal, 2 assists
#259 Dan Mini - 1 goal
#256 Geoffrey Kennedy - 1 goal, 1 assist
#261 Sam Tenney - 1 goal
#265 Taber Tyrrell - 1 assist
#258 - AJ Boyd 1 assist

Rising Clams Blue vs. Nova Scotia 9-14
#260 Shaun O'Hare - 2 goals
#257 Will Ballantyne - 3 goals
#271 Jeff Hurray - 3 goals
#259 Dan Mini - 1 goal
#262 Kyle Soroka - 1 assist
#256 Geoffrey Kennedy - 1 assist
#261 Sam Tenney - 1 assist

Rising Clams Blue vs. OWU 12-6
#262 Kyle Soroka - 2 goals, 1 assist
#257 Will Ballantyne - 5 goals
#261 Sam Tenney - 3 goals, 1 assist
#996 Eli Hayward - 1 goal, 3 assists
#256 Geoffrey Kennedy - 1 goal, 3 assists
#268 Steve Iodice - 1 assist

Rising Clams White: 4-0

Comments:  This team of Rising Clams are players that we are right on the verge of inviting to be Clams for the summer.  And they played like they were out to prove they should be Clams.  Having this group together for now going on a year has lead to some great chemistry between them.

That chemistry led to posting up 56 goals in four 25 minute games.  The most important part of this team's success was how they did it: quick passes, great off-ball movement, finishing inside, sticking the open outside shots, and great individual and team defense.  Simply put, they played the game the way it should be played.

Going into this event, we deliberately kept the roster small for playing time sake and to see how they responded.  All three attack played shifts at midfield when they weren't in at attack.  That led to Kevin Sainte, Jack Rautiola, and Johnny McNamara posting up a combined 34 goals.

The middies may have had the toughest job all day because of the back and forth nature of these indoor tournaments.  The scoring was led from the midfield by Nick DeSisto (7G, 5A), but Dave Nagelberg's 6G, 3A should not be over-looked.  And while Jeff Vaz's points (2G, 2A) don't look like a productive day, it's was the clearing and tempo that his play controlled allowing this White team to so dominate they way they did.

Thanks and congratulations to last-minute call-up goalie Peter Latullippe.  Peter was asked to join us last minute when circumstances forced the goalie for the Rising Clam White team to back out.  The first game was the only game that Peter looked a tad nervous.  But with the defensive help of Stephen Iodice (3A), Matt Ryan, and newcomer Cameron Carlyle (1G), this team dominated both ends of the field.

The Rising Clams are the next generation of Clams.  And this group gives the Clams program a lot to look forward to.

Rising Clams White vs. Nova Scotia 14-11
#991  - Jack Rautiola - 2 goals
#273 - Nick Desisto - 3 goals
#269 Kevin Sainte - 2 goals, 1 assist
#277 - Dave Nagelberg - 1 goal, 2 assist
#266 - Cam Carlyle - 1 goal
#275 John McNamara - 4 goals, 1 assist
#274 - Kerry Ecker - 1 goal
#267 Jeffrey Vaz - 1 assist

Rising Clams White vs. IAS Cheetahs 13-3
#274 - Kerry Ecker - 3 goals
#277 - Dave Nagelberg - 2 goals, 1 assist
#991 - Jack Rautiola - 2 goals, 2 assists
#275 John McNamara - 4 goals, 1 assist
#267 Jeffrey Vaz - 1 goal, 1 assist
#269 Kevin Sainte - 1 goal, 1 assist
#273 - Nick Desisto - 2 assists

Rising Clams White vs. Whalers 12-6
#275 John McNamara - 4 goals
#269 Kevin Sainte - 5 goals, 1 assist
#273 - Nick Desisto - 1 goal, 2 assists
#991 Jack Rautiola - 2 goal, 2 assists
#268 Steve Iodice - 1 assist

Rising Clams White vs. Ocean State Blue 17-3
#991 - Jack Rautiola - 2 goals
#273 - Nick Desisto - 3 goals, 1 assist
#269 Kevin Sainte - 2 goals, 5 assists
#277 - Dave Nageberg - 3 goals
#267 Jeffrey Vaz - 1 goal
#274 - Kerry Ecker - 2 goals, 1 assist
#275 John McNamara - 4 goals
#268 Steve Iodice - 2 assists

Rising Risers: 1-3

Comments: The Rising Risers were primarily the newest members to the Rising Clam program.  And this was an opportunity for us to see them pretty much on their own, separate from the more seasoned members of the program.

Jumping right to our attention was goalie Will Ryan, who in his first game posted up 13 saves, most of them within 5 yards of the net.  His steady play throughout the day gave the Risers a chance in every game.

When you have the newest players to your program all concentrated on one team, you expect ups and downs.  One of the consistent players was midfielder Jeff Hurray (13G, 1A; Jeff played two games with the RC Blue team & two games with the Risers).  Jeff is a shooter, plain and simple.  If he has the ball and has some space, he will shoot, and often score.

Quietly having a solid day was Will Jennings (5G, 2A) and Spencer Low (5G, 2A).  Both played very smart off-ball, getting open around the crease.

Ultimately, this was a learning day for the Risers and for us as coaches as we continue to learn the strengths and weakness of these new members to the Rising Clam program.

Rising Risers vs. MN Loons II 9-12
#267 Steve Iodice - 1 goal
#991 - Nick Desisto - 2 goals
#269 Kevin Sainte - 2 goals
#271 Jeff Hurray - 3 goals
#281 Spencer Low - 1 goal
#283 Derek Etzkorn - 1 assist 
#280 William Ryan - 2 assists

Rising Risers vs. SoCal Lions Black 4-7
#275 John McNamara - 1 goal, 1 assist
#278 William Jennings - 1 goal
#271 Jeff Hurray - 2 goals

Rising Risers vs. Team Austin II 5-2
#278 William Jennings - 3 goals
#273 - Nick Desisto - 2 goals
#262 Kyle Soroka - 2 assists
#281 Spencer Low - 2 assists
#275 John McNamara - 1 assist

Rising Risers vs. Nazareth 7-8
#275 John McNamara - 1 goal, 1 assist
#278 William Jennings - 1 goal, 2 assists
#281 Spencer Low - 4 goals
#283 Derek Etzkorn - 1 goal, 1 assist
#280 William Ryan - 1 assist