Categories: clam_chatter Date: Jul 14, 2010 Title: CLAMS, RISING CLAMS, & LITTLENECKS FROM TRI-STATEFour teams made it out of the first round of the playoffs, and one team took a championship; a good weekend!
Going into this summer, we told everyone in the program that this was going to be one of the toughest summer schedules we've had at any tournament to date, if not the toughest.
The Tri-State event always seems to go this way. With 324 teams total spread across 17 different age and skill brackets, you knew you were in a scrap every game.
And we don't pull punches for our teams, pitting them in the toughest brackets they can handle for their skill and age.
The Clams Blue and Orange both found themselves in similar situations, but with different results. The Orange crew found themselves in 4 one-goal games, three of them overtime contests, but weren't able to seal the deal in those games. The Blue boys were in three one-goal contests and were able to find a way to win all of them.
Leading the way offensively for the Orange team were Matt Thistle and Murph Vandervelde, both doing everything they could to put this team on their backs and carry them. Defensively, both goalies, Conor Fraylick and Rory Finnegan, stood strong with help from close defenseman Tanner Powers and (until he went down to injury) LSM Chase Williams. With the goalies standing tall, and the strong leadership of Powers and Williams, the rest of the defense of Tommy Rehnert, Stephen Iodice, John Tocchio, and Matt Ryan helped give the team the chance to win. Despite the record, this was one of the strongest defensive efforts for the Clams.
While the Blue team faired better in the one-goal games, the road was still tough finishing the tournament 4-3 with a first round playoff win (another 1-goal thriller) to their credit. The Blue team's playoff run ended with the Dukes who, no doubt, remembered the Clams thrilling win over them on this same stage last summer. The attack for the Blue team led the scoring with Matt Scalise, Sam Sweet, and Colin Rossano. Ben Lesser was the leader at the midfield with FOGO Mark MacDonald again proving his worth at the face-off "X". LSM Charlie Finnegan led the defense, alongside various close defense combos of Chris Coady, Pat Dunn, Matt Bouzianis, Raymond Horgan, Freddy Tonsberg and Matt Ryan. Goalies Peter Hines and Chase Murphy both helped keep us in striking distance in all our games, whether we ultimately got the win or not.
The 10th grade Rising Clams struggled to find their groove this weekend. When they were clicking, they looked good with attackman Sam Tenney leading the way. Fellow attackman Anders Hill and midfielders Charlie Segar, Shane Hurley and Alex Mirageas all had solid performances in the tournament. Face-off midfielder Elliot Burr gave this team the possession opportunities with his play at the face-off "X". Defensively, there is no doubt that goalie Will Ryan was the strongest throughout (arguably of all the goalies in the Program). Helping to hold down the fort on defense was Taber Tyrrell, Cameron Carlyle, and John Reinhardt.
The Rising Clam 9th grade team ended up being the shining star for the program this weekend, winning their Divisional Championship by a convincing 7-2 score. This was a total team effort, from strong goaltending efforts from Nick Bain and Peter Latulippe to stifling defense supplied by Matt Ryan, Raymond Horgan, George Fay, and (playing up from L'necks) Mike Falzarano. Face-offs were dominated by LSM Tucker Mathers. Transition opportunities were pushed by a midfield unit led by Nick DeSisto, Ben Katz and Jory Makin. And those opportunities were finished more often than not by attackmen Will Jennings, Kevin Murphy, and crew. Still, despite mentioning only the players above due to space constraints, the whole team deserves credit. Every player was involved in the 8-1 record that lead to this Championship.
The Littlenecks brought three teams to the dance this weekend. Two of the three team won their first round playoff games with the White team winning two playoff games before bowing out.
The Littlenecks White team struggled early on in the tournament, but came on strong in the end with two playoff wins before bowing out to finish the weekend 4-4. Offensively, things ran through James Burr, Joe Cormier, Connor Rayfield, and Sam Frick. Zach Ambrosino and Tim Dick anchored the defense in front of goalie McCrae Williams.
The Littlenecks Green team finished the weekend 3-3, twice getting bit by the one-goal loss bug, both times by the same Crease Monkeys team from Maryland. The attack was spear-headed by Tyler Powers and Connor Killian, while the midfield looked to Nolan Kislauskis and Matt Dziama to be it's spark. With goalie Oliver Rordorf back-stopping a defensive unit with the likes of Ryan Caley and Matt Harrity, the Green team was able to hold opponents to just under 4 goals per game. Not a bad recipe for success at any level.
The Littlenecks Orange team had an early hiccup in their openning game on Friday night, but rattled of 4 wins and tied once before suffering their second tournament loss in the second round of the playoffs. Like their older counterparts, the Littleneck Orange team was in multiple one-goal games (four of them, in fact) and was fortunate enough to come out on top in three of the four. The offense was balanced, but primarily led by attackmen Andrew Gallahue, Chad Morse, and Danny Seibel. The one-two combo of goalies Kevin Lally and Dillion Guthro back-stopped a strong defensive effort from both the close defense and midfielders.