Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Aug 20, 2010
     Title: Inside Lacrosse Top Recruits Issue features several Clams
IL is out with its top seniors, rising seniors & rising juniors; five Clams overall make prestigious lists

As has become an annual late summer occurence, Inside Lacrosse has come out with its recruiting issue. And it has again done its part to rank everything from players headed to college within the month, to players who have yet to reach the halfway point in their high school careers.

As is always the case, Inside Lacrosse's rankings always draw their share of controversy. Making such all-encompasing statements about who's better than who is sure to do this. But on the whole, Inside Lacrosse does a lot of research. I - like many - find the list to be an enteraining read. While the accuracy of the list is of course not absolute, I have found over the years that they do a pretty good job with it. 

So without further delay, here are the five Clams who found their way onto this year's lists:

Seniors (2010's)

Luke Duprey, (Phillips Andover/Duke)
#1 defenseman in class
Comments: Luke broke onto the scene in the summer of 2008 as a relatively unknown Fighting Clam. At that time, Luke had participated in nearly no select team activity. And, in turn, nearly no one know him. This changed dramatically at the 2008 Tri State Mid Summer Classic. I can still remember our first night there; Luke played under the lights in front of a row of coaches. His play was not out of the ordinary for him, but to the coaches who had not yet become acquainted with Luke, they could see right away that his combination of athleticism & toughness was something special. By the end of the event, I'd already heard from half-dozen big time coaches about Luke. And by the time summer was over, Luke was a secret no more. 

Eric Slingerland (Phillips Exeter/Harvard)
#13 midfielder in class
Comments: Like Luke, Eric also exploded onto the scene in the summer of 2009. One of the hardest working midfielders I have ever coached , Eric's won't-be-denied attitude immediately grabbed the attention of a number of coaches throughout '08. By November of that year, Eric had committed to Georgetown. Then, in late summer of '09, Eric did a surprising 180 and changed his commitment to Harvard. As an upper-classmen, he hit all the major benchmarks for the nationally elite: attendance at Blue Chip, All-American, Under-Armour All American game. In short, Eric's #13 ranking appears to be very well-deserved

Makar Zaverucha (Duxbury/Bucknell)
#15 goaltender in class
Comments: "Mickey" broke onto th scene as arguably the top goalie on our summer '08 Clam team, which was ultimately named as the #4 team in the country for that season. Mickey is a small goalie, but plays the game with an electricity that catches your eye immediately. Known for his trademark jaw-dropping inside saves, it did not take long for his play to draw ooh's and ahhh's of coaches and spectators alike. But it was at the Bucknell Bison Brawl that the Bucknel coaches got a good, concentrated look at Mickey. It didn't take long for Coach Fedorjaka to decide he was the one they wanted. And, indeed, he made a good call.

John Fitzgerald (Hingham*/Syracuse)
#34 attackman in class
Comments: It was also the summer of '08 where John started to breakout. But it was really in the fall of that year when John exploded out on the circuit, alongside three other D1-bound attackmen (Garrett Campbell, Harvard; Jordan Greenfield, Fairfield; Zach Brown, Towson). Then that spring at the Rivers School, John's explosion continued, as he broke the ISL record for goals scored. It was not yet halfway through that season that John finalized his plans with Syracuse.  
* John left Rivers after three years there in '09 to finish his career at this hometown Hingham HS, where he was named All-American and helped Hingham to a MA D2 Champioship game appearance (they lost in OT)

Rising Seniors (2011's)

Interestingly, the state of Massachusetts was blanked on this list

Rising Juniors (2010's)

Paul Hellar (Duxbury)
#39 attackman in class
Comments: Paul led Duxury HS in scoring this spring. This summer, he was named as a Showtime All Star, an Under-Armour underclassmen team participant, a played on our two best Fighting Clam teams (King of the Hill, where we went 5-1, and at the Brine Shootout, where we went 7-2 and played in the C-Ship game). The future does indeed appear bright for Paul.

Our congratulations go out to Luke, Eric, Mickey, John, Paul, and all other area players on the list.