Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Mar  8, 2010
     Title: Clam Alumni Tracking 3/2 - 3/8

In what was without a doubt the most exciting week of NCAA lacrosse in the young season, as always, Clam alums make their marks

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 3/8. Enjoy.

#1 Billy McNamara (The Rivers School, sophomore attackman)

Performance comments: Sure the game wasn't as highly visible on the national stage as some of the others listed below, but the performance still shines more brightly than any other. In Wheaton's 12-10 season-opening victory vs. the University of New England, Billy notched an eye-popping 5 goals and 2 assists, good for one of the high point totals of the week in D3. Billy will be coaching in the Fighting Clam program this summer.

#2. Matt Fuchs (Duxbury HS, senior midfielder)
Performance comments:
Yale got their first big win of the season on Friday night, beating then #12 UMASS 13-12. In this game, senior midfielder Matt Fuchs was solid, notching 1 goal and adding 1 assist. Yale then extended it 3 game winning streak on Sunday, beating up on Presbyterian 14-5. In this game, Matt Fuchs nothced a game-high 4 points, (3G, 1A).  

#3 Rob Mcmullen (BB&N, senior attackman)

Performance comments: Rob has been a portrait of consistency this season, notching 2 goals in each of UPenn's first 4 games. And while the first couple 2-goals performances ended in defeat, the last two - on Saturday in an 11-7 win vs. Denver and on Sunday in an 8-7 win vs. Air Force - helped put the Quakers over the top. At present, Rob's 8 goals on the season are tied for 2nd on the team, just one shy of the team-leader.

#4 Tyler Seymour (Nashua HS, senior attackman)

Performance comments: This past Saturday's 11-12 overtime loss must have been a heartbreaker for Tyler, and all of the Black Knights. But one cannot deny that Tyler did his part. With 4 points on the day - 1 goal and a game-high 3 assists - he certainly seems to have had a heck of a performance. So far with 10 points on the season, Tyler is third on the team's scoring leader list.

#5. Max Quinzani (Duxbury HS, senior attackman) 
Performance comments: Obviously Max is almost always on his this list, and is often atop it - this is what happens when you're one of the best attackmen in the country. But though Max notched a hat trick this past Saturday, I'm sure he would have given all his goals back if his team could have managed just one more. As it was, Maryland held off the furious Duke rally for the 11-10 win. But Max shouldn't hang his head for too long; with a team-high 16 goals and 19 points, Max is so far meeting the lofty expectations on his senior campaign. 

#6. Ethan Farrell (Nantucket HS, senior midfielder)
Performance comments
: With a 2-2 record, Lynchburg cannot be too pleased with the start to their season. But with another 3 early-season points (2G, 1A), Farrell cannot be too displeased with his own individual performance thus far. On the season, Ethan leads all Lynchburg middies with 8 goals and 10 points. Solid indeed.

#7 Chris Nixon
(Duxbury HS, senior LSM)
Performance comments: It is the dilemma I face every year: how do you track defenseman and d-middies when they never show up in the box score. Sure you can rely on first-hand accounts (including at times my own), but they don't come in too often. So what you're left with is those rare occasions when long poles scores goals. This occurred this past weekend, when three-year G'town starter Chris Nixon notched a goal for the Hoyas, as they topped St. Johns 9-6. One can ony assume that the rest of his game was satisfactory; when holding an opponent to 6 goals, presumably the who "D" does its part. Anyway, what's for sure is Chris has been a great player for G'town for 4 years, and he's out to make his last year his best. 

#'s 8 (tie). Chris Langton (St. Johns Prep/Northfield Mt. Hermon, sophomore midfielder)
& Scott Austin (Duxbury HS, sophomore attackman)

Performance comments: Anything who knows anything about college lacrosse knows Chris and Scott are among the younger players filling huge voids for Cornell. But, as the 3-0 record attests, so far they're filling them adequately. But wins aren't coming easy, and indeed every point matters. On Tuesday, Cornell topped Canisius 9-6, in a game that saw Austin tally an assist. And then on Saturday, in a very tight 12-11 overtime win vs. Army, Langton tallied his first goal of the season, and Austin added another assist - this one on the game-winning goal - as Cornell remained unbeaten on the season.

#9. Edison Parzanese (Martha's Vineyard HS, senior attackman)

Performance comments: Edison continues to give solid performances in losing efforts. On Tuesday, Holy Cross fell to Marist 8-11, but Parzanese handed out 2 assists. Then on Saturday, Holy Cross gave Harvard a 7-9 scare; in this game, Parzanese tallied his third goal of the season. With 8 points through 4 games, Edison is tied for the team-high points in points scored.

#10 Pete Sessa (The Rivers School, senior defenseman)

Performance comments: As mentioned earlier with Chris Nixon (see #6), I have no way of knowing how well Pete played on the defensive end. What I do know is in Springfield's biggest win of the season, a convincing 8-3 victory over Endicott, Sessa notched a goal. Unfortunately the good times did not continue to roll for Pete and Co. on Saturday, as #17 Stevens Tech beat up on Sprinfield 10-4 to push the Pride to 2-2. Pete will be coaching in the the Fighting Clams program this summer.