Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: May 10, 2010
     Title: Clam Alumni Tracking for 5/3 - 5/9
It's playoff time!

It's playoff time and not only are Clam alumni in the various league playoffs, but Clam Alumni participated in four different conference championship games (NESCAC, Little East, Pilgram, and Commonwealth Coast).  Of the eight teams in those championship games, Clam Alumni had representatives on seven of them.  And that was just Division 3. 

And all of this has led up to the NCAA tournament.  Here are the tournament first round games for DIVISION 1 and DIVISION 3

Now on to our regularly scheduled top 10.

#1 DUKE
Max Quinzani (Senior, Duxbury HS, attack)
Performance Comments:
  In the season finale for the Duke Blue Devils, Max was clearly gearing up for the playoffs.  With an 8 goal, 3 assist game against Sacred Heart (a 19-7 win) Max ends the season leading Duke in total points (69) and goals (57).  Nationally, that puts Max third in points (57 goals, 12 assists, 4.3 points per game) and second in goals (57, 3.6 goals per game).  Max and the Blue Devils drew John Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA tournament.


#2 KEENE STATE
Alec Corliss* (Junior, Lincoln/Sudbury HS, goalie)
Performance Comments:
  It was a big week for Alec and the Keene State Owls.  First, they needed to win their league tournament to secure a chance to get in the NCAA tournament.  It started with a semi-final match up with Plymouth State which Keene State took 16-4 behind an 11 save performance (73.3% save percentage) from Alec.  Step one complete.  Step two was a match up against fellow Clam Alumn Donald Berbure and Eastern Connecticut.  It took a 10 save game (55.6% save percentage) to help Keene State clinch the Little East championship 14-10.  Their prize: a play in game against Castleton State for the right to face Cortland State.

* sadly, Alec broke his ankle against ECSU on Saturday; knowing Alec, he'll strap on his coaching cap and vocally lead from the sideline as Keene does their best to advance in the NCAA's.

#3 ENDICOTT
Eric Hagarty (Senior, Lincoln/Sudbury HS, goalie)
Performance Comments:
  Eric and Endicott have gotten on track at the right time of the season.  After a 2-4 start to the season, Endicott finished the regular season going 8-3.  The Gulls carried that momentum into the Commonwealth Coast playoffs.  Thier semi-final match up was against Roger Williams.  Eric made a quiet 6 saves (50% save percentage) in a 10-6 win to advance to the championship game.  In that championship game, Eric was called upon to make 14 saves (70% save percentage) in a 11-6 win over New England College.  Endicott will get Tufts in the first round of the NCAA tournament if they can beat Montclair State in a play-in game.


#4
WHEATON
Chris Landers (Junior, Proctor Academy, attack)
Performance Comments:
  It was a roller coaster week for Chris and Wheaton.  After beating Babson 18-8 in the Pilgrim League semi-finals (Chris tallied 6 goals in the contest), Wheaton fell to Springfield in the Pilgrim League championship game 7-12.  Chris notched 3 goals in the contest.  Chris finished tied for the team lead in points (58), first in goals (38), and third in assists (20).


#5
SPRINGFIELD
Mark Eaton (Junior, The Rivers School, midfield)
Performance Comments:
  Mark's solid play this week at the face-off "X" helped Springfield to another Pilgrim League championship and a NCAA playoff birth.  In the Pilgrim League semi-final game against MIT, Mark won 10 out of 17 face-offs, scooped 10 ground balls and even caused a turnover in a 14-5 win.  Mark then when 10 for 20 on face-offs and grabbed 3 ground balls in Springfield's championship win over Wheaton 12-7.  Springfield will host Widener in the openning round of the NCAA tournament.  If they win, they will get Salisbury.

#6 TUFTS
Jamie Atkins (Senior, Middlesex School, midfield)
Performance Comments:
  Jamie and the Jumbos of Tufts continued thier impressive season into the NESCAC tournament.  In a semi-final match up with Wesleyan on Saturday, Jamie tallied 2 goals in the 11-10 win.  Continuing with the thrilling nature of the semi-final game, Tufts then beat Middlebury 13-12 on Mother's Day to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament.  The Jumbos will play the winner of the first round match up between Endicott and Montclair State.


#7 ENDICOTT
Jack Curtis (Senior, Chelmsford HS, attack)
Performance Comments:
  The Gulls' leading point getter (18G, 29A; 1st in assists, 3rd in points on team) had a relatively quiet semi-final game when Endicott took on Roger Williams, tallying only one goal in the contest.  In the championship game against New England College, Jack got back to what he does best: dishing out assists.  And Jack handed out 3 helpers in the 11-6 championship game to help Endicott secure the Commonwealth Coast championship.


#8  MIDDLEBURY
Chris Teves (Senior, Wellesley HS, midfield)
Performance Comments:
  Chris tallied 2 goals and added 1 assist in Middlebury's NESCAC semi-final win over Bowdoin on Saturday, propelling them into a championship match up with Tufts.  Unfortunately, Middlebury fell to Tufts in the championship game 12-13 and Chris only managed one goal in the contest.  The silver lining: Middlebury made the NCAA tournament and has an openning round match-up with Goucher College.  The win gets them RPI.


#9 SALEM STATE
Brendan Gill (Junior, Chelmsford HS/Bridgton Academy, goalie)
Performance Comments:
  Despite 19 saves (65.5% save percentage) from Brendan in Salem State's quarter-final game against Western Connecticut, Salem fell 5-10.  Brendan finishes his season fifth in the nation with a 65.6% save percentage, making 225 saves on 343 shots on goal.


#10  EASTERN CONNECTICUT
Donald Berube (Freshman, Tewksbury HS, goalie)
Performance Comments:
  There's not much more you can ask from a freshman goalie in a championship game than to make 15 saves (51.7% save percentage).  That's what Donald did for Eastern Conn. in thier Little East championship loss to Keene State.  Donald finishes the season with 52.3% save percentage and 180 saves.