Categories: clam_chatter Date: Jan 13, 2010 Title: Two more '09'ers go NESCAC
Two more Clams will play in NESCAC in 2011
It is natural for very talented players to immediately default to wanting to play Division 1 lacrosse. Almost without fail, it's what every younger players wants. If you're one of the best, you want to play with the best. Sure.
But somewhere between a player's junior and senior year, the reality starts to set in. And when a players looks at what D1 really is - 48 players on a roster, 8 lines of middies, 6AM weight training sessions, 7 goalies - many, including the very best, start to give D3 a little bit of a closer look. Even NCAA Player of the Year candidate Max Quinzani of Duke, generally regarded as the best Clam to ever come through the program, thought there was a chance he'd be heading to Middlebury and a couple other NESCAC programs right up until the scholarship offers started pouring in.
I mention this because the two players who informed me they will be heading to NESCAC program to play their college lacrosse this past week are, in no uncertain terms, D1 caliber middies. But upon closer inspection, each decided the D3 route was a better fit for what they wanted out of their college lacrosse experience. I don't blame them. Just over a decade ago, under similar circumstances, I decided the same thing.
The first notification came from last summer's best face-off man Malcolm Lloyd, now a senior at the Westminster School, where he transferred from Canton HS (MA) during his junior year. Malcolm has decided to attend Trinity College, and in so doing becomes an amazing fifth Clam in the last two years to become a Bantam.
At the start of last summer, when the Clam went 10-1 at our first two events and won the King of the Hill tournament, one of the country's most competitive, much credit is owed to Malcolm. And in fact, after Malcolm's last event on 6/27 last summer, the Clams - frankly - did not have anyone who came to close to filling his shoes. As the pre and post Malcolm record indicates, he was a big a part of the Clams success as perhaps any other single player (teams with Malcolm were a combined 12-2-1; teams without were 14-11). I expect Malcolm will have a similar impact this spring at Westminster, and to hit the ground running at Trinity.
The second player to let me know about his intentions was John McKenna. John, a senior now at Phillips Andover, has chosen to attend the highly prestigious Williams College, where he will play both football and lacrosse.
One of the fastest, toughest, and most athletic Clams from the summer of 2009, John played with a level of power and assertiveness that garnered plenty of D1 looks. But, circling back to the lead-in to this update, John considered his options from every angle. And at Williams, he believes he has found the perfect fit when combining both academics and athletics. And while I've never seen John play football, I know he will contribute significantly to the Williams lacrosse program from the word go.
With these two commitments, we now stand at 35 players from either this past summer or fall going onto play collegiate lacrosse. Below are the others. It is with pride that I list each player, and their program-to-be, below:
Malcolm Lloyd, midfield, Salisbury School - TRINITY COLLEGE
John McKenna, midfield, Phillips Andover - WILLIAMS COLLEGE
Will Walker, attack, Phillips Andover - DUKE UNIVERSITY
Trevor Morrissette, midfield, Bedford HS (NH) - EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
Alex Haigis, defense, Marblehead HS - SALISBURY UNIVERSITY
Conor Fraylick, goalie, Pleasantville HS - FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY
Eli Hayward, attack, Ipswich HS - OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Jon Higgins, defense, Nantucket HS - STEVENSON COLLEGE
Jon Siderewicz, midfield, Brewster Academy - LE MOYNE COLLEGE
Justin Kirchner, midfield, Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols - COLGATE UNIVERSITY
Garrett Campbell, attack, St. John's Prep - HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Christian Dallmus, goaltender, The Rivers School - MCDANIEL COLLEGE
John Ricciardi, midfield, Duxbury HS - ROGER WILLIAMS COLLEGE
Miles Loring-Thomas, defense/LSM, Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols - ST. MARY'S (MD)
Jeff Dube, defense/LSM, St. John's Prep - ROANOKE COLLEGE
Tommy Harrison, defense, The Rivers School/Kimball Union - DENISON UNIVERSITY
Franklin Reis, attack, Governor's Academy - BOWDOIN COLLEGE
Peter Von Rosenvinge, defense, Weston HS - UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
Mike Fanning, defense, Norwell HS - EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
Peter Reiley, goaltender, Deerfield - COLBY COLLEGE
Spencer Macquarrie, midfield, Phillips Andover - MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE
JB Marston, defense, Duxbury HS - QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY
Conor Murphy, goaltender, Middlesex - COLGATE UNIVERSITY
Grant Nuemann, defense, Natick HS - TRINITY COLLEGE
Mark D'addario, midfield, Peabody HS - SIENA
James Fahey, defense, St. Johns Prep - UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
Pat Hart, defense, Martha's Vineyard - ARMY (WEST POINT)
Derek West, midfield, Peabody HS - UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
Makar Zaverucha, goaltender, Duxbury HS - BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
Zach Brown, attack, Governors Academy - TOWSON UNIVERSITY
Geordie Carrick, LSM, The Rivers School - FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY
John Fitzgerald, attack, The Rivers School/Hingham HS - SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Greenfield, attack, The Rivers School - FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY
Eric Slingerland*, midfield, Phillips Exeter - HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Frankie Wheeler-Larusso, midfield, Catholic Memorial - FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY