Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Mar  1, 2010
     Title: Clams NCAA Alumni tracking

Clams NCAA Top Ten Performance list has now begun for spring 2010, and the more things change, the more they stay the same...

Each spring, I take the time to scour the weekly box scores to compile a list of our most impressive collegiate Clam Alumni performances. I take into consideration point totals, but also factors such as the magnitude/importance of the games, and in some cases first-hand reports from coaches and/or spectators.

While this is an imperfect science - and I will readily admit that defensemen, long stick middies and d-middies often get short-changed - it is an exercise many close to the Clam organization have come to enjoy. (And, frankly, I enjoy doing it.)

Anyway, here goes the Clam Alumni Top 10 for the week ending on 2/28. Enjoy.

#1. Max Quinzani (Duxbury HS, attack) 
Comments: Now a senior, Max scored 6 goals, 2 assists and 8 pts. (tied for the most of any D1 player in the country last week) in a very exciting come-from-behind 16 - 11 victory over UPENN. Three of Quinzani's six goals came as Duke pulled away in a game that had been tied 9-9 at one point. Said a former Clam who watched he game: "Max was incredible".

#2. Ethan Farrell (Nantucket HS, midfield)
Comments: Despite the fact that Lynchburg fell to Ohio Wesleyan 10-13, Ethan, now a senior, tallied 4 goals, a game-high for goals scored.

Hobart & Cornell
#'s 3. & 4. Tim Bigelow (The Rivers School/Northfield Mt. Hermon, midfield) & Scott Austin (Duxbury HS, attack)
Comments: The Statesmen of Hobart gave the reining National Championship Game runners-up a scare this past Sunday, coming up just three goals short. In the game, Hobart was led in points scored by junior Tim Bigelow, who notched 1 goal and added 2 assists in the loss. In the same game, sophomore Scott Austin was tied with four other Cornell teammates with a team-high 2 goals.  

#5. Mark Scalise
(St. Johns Prep, midfield)
Comments: After a freshman year of transitioning from attack, which Mark played in high school, to midfield, all signs point to Mark being ready to be a significant contributor for the Crimson this year as a sophomore. In his first game, Mark notched 2 assists, as Harvard pounded Canisius 16-6. 

Holy Cross
#6. Edison Parzanese (Martha's Vineyard HS, attack)
Comments: Edison seems poised to finish his career at Holy Cross on a very strong note. Now a senior, Edison once again notched more than a point (1 goal, 1 assist) even though Holy Cross fell to Yale 7-14.

 University of Hartford
#7. Tim Fallon (Lawrence Academy, midfield)
Comments: This is a classic example of a player only getting his dues because of a firsthand account (in this case, mine). Going up against a pre-season All-American for Delaware, Tim, a junior, won well over half the game's face-offs, and gave the Hartford Hawks a very good chance to upend the then #13 Delaware Blue Hens. Delaware fought back to win the game 9-11. Still, Fallon's efforts were noteworthy.

Eric Hagarty (Lincoln Sudbury/Kent School, goalie)
Comments: The Gulls of Endicott suffered a tough early season loss, a 6-7 nailbiter to Stevens Tech. But Eric did his part, stopping 9 shots, and posting a .563 save pct.

#9. Luke Dilillo (Lexington HS, midfield)
Comments: Luke, now a senior, notched as goal as Manhattan lost a heart-breaker to Robert Morris 12-13.

#10. Jackson Fallon (Arlington HS, midfield)
Comments: Jackson started his senior year off with a goal, but Providence dropped a tough one to Presbyterian 6-8.