Categories: clam_chatter Date: Feb 16, 2010 Title: One more Clam NESCAC'er
From the Prep to Loomis to Bowdoin, seventh '09 Clam lands in the NESCAC
It sounds cliche, but with every player who goes onto play high level lacrosse, there is quite a backstory to how that player got there. Every once in a while, it's cut and dried. Player is seen by coach; coach pursues player aggressively; player commits - done deal. But this type of scenario is far rarer than most people think.
Far more often, the path to college lacrosse is like a roller coaster ride. There are ups and downs, peaks and valleys, highs and lows. The process is often filled with its share of second-guessing and frustration. But often times - as the old saying goes - when one door closes, another opens. And in the end, most players end up where they belong.
Such was the case with Griff Cardew, a senior from St. Johns Prep who decided on a PG year at Loomis Chaffee before ultimately landing at Bowdoin, where he'll play both lacrosse and football.
Coming out of his Clam summer as a rising senior, Griff had options. In fact, he had received an offer from the Providence Friars, a school he had some interest in. He also had strong interest from a number of very strong colleges including Holy Cross and Williams, but each of these schools needed to see a little more on the academic side before they'd be able to admit Griff.
Griff was advised by numberous people that a post graduate year may very well open up these doors. The prospects of a PG year were met with some resistance by Griff initially, as is true of almost all players who are confronted with this decision.
After much discussion and contemplation, Griff decided to attend Loomis Chaffee. (On a related note, I have never had a Clam go to Loomis and not truly enjoy his experience.) And indeed Griff found the experience very worthwhile.
On the college front, things went up, and went down. Providence dropped as an option, which was somewhat expected. Holy Cross came as Providence went, and in fact received Griff's tentative commitment earlier this fall.
But, after playing football at Loomis, Griff was reacquainted with his love of football. And doing the football/lax thing at the D1 level is nearly impossible. At the NESCAC, on the other hand, it is encouraged.
An already long story made shorter, Griff recalled recruitiung attention he had received from the Bowdoin Polar Bears. With the help of his coaches at Loomis, Griff reached out to Bowdoin, and the coaches at Bowdoin were very interested. As it was told to me, "pending (Griff's) overnight, he was going to go to Bowdoin". And, Griff's overnight was everything he'd wanted it to be.
So for this senior PG, things went from Providence to Williams to Holy Cross to Bowdoin. And (juniors, listen to thing closely!), the Bowdoin option didn't emerge until well into the fall of his post graduate year. So for all of you juniors who think doors are closing left and right, please allow this story to reverberate in your head. It's a long process. Whatever happens, keep grinding 'til the end.
The tally of seniors and juniors committed since last summer now stands at 40. And with Griff's decision to attend Bowdoin, there are now seven Clams from last summer's squad heading onto play NESCAC ball. Scroll down to see all the rest. And, of course, our congrats go to Griff on his newly finalized plans.
Griff Cardew, midfield, St. John's Prep/Loomis Chaffee - BOWDOIN COLLEGE
Austin Weeden, attack/midfield, St. Bernard's - WESTERN NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE
Dylan Gatto, attack, Bromfield HS - KEENE STATE COLLEGE
Tanner Powers, defense, The Rivers School - UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Chris Brown, defense, Archbishop Williams HS - EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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