Categories: clam_chatter Date: Dec 14, 2010 Title: 2 more Clams decide
Two latest Clam commitments split between 2 divisions
The latest Clam commitments only hint at the number we'll announce shortly. But both of these are very impressive in their own right, and represent in our opinion great matches between players and programs.
First it was lefty attackman Geoff Kennedy (senior attack, Gloucester). After a solid summer, Geoff showed how much progress he had made as he became one of the top goal scorers on the Clam Orange team at each of the tournaments he attended. A number of local colleges took note, but no one followed up with as much conviction as St. Anselm Coach Steve Gaudreau. Coach Gaudreau first saw Geoff at the Endicott Battle of the Bay, where Geoff participated as a free agent. Then, Steve arrived at the decision to "move early" on Geoff after seeing him at both the IAS Showcase, and the Beantown Classic. At both events, Geoff shined on his Clam Orange squad.
Geoff follows in the footsteps of a few Clams who have gone to St. Anselms, but none more renowned than the four year goalie starter who led the nation in save pct. his senior year Troy Peters. A longtime coach in the Clam organization, Troy was a teammates of Coach Gaudreau's, and remains firmly enthrenced in St. Anselm lore.
The second commitment came just yesterday, when standout senior attackman Will Ballantyne (Hopkinton) finally received his acceptance from Franklin & Marshall. Will made up his mind months ago that F&M was where he wanted to go, after receiving significant interest after his strong Clam 2010 summer (which included an All Star nod at the prestigious King of the Hill event). But, like plenty of other programs, Franklin & Marshall advises its players not to proclaim their "commitment" early, but instead to let the process run its course. So Will did bite his tongue, despite the singularity of his conviction.
It's been a few years since we've sent an offensive player to F&M, but right now two very accomplished long poles are currently on the roster. Sophomore Bennett Erickson (Lexington), and freshman Jimmy King (Governors)
both currently represent the Clam organization down in Lancaster, Pa .
Geoff & Will become commitments #23 and #24 from last summer's program. Below are the other commitments from the 2010 summer teams. Our congratulations go out to all our 2010 Clams either going on to play in college, or choosing where they'll play a couple years from now:
Will Ballantyne, attack, Hopkinton High School - FRANKLIN & MARSHALL
Geoffrey Kennedy, attack, Gloucester High School - SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
Will Ryan, goalie, Avon Old Farms - UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
Chase Williams, LSM, The Rivers School - UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Rory Finnegan, goalie, Lowell High School - VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
Paul Hellar, attack, Duxbury High School - FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY
Colin Rossano, attack, Pingree School - ROANOKE COLLEGE
Chris Garibaldi, midfield, Salisbury School - UNION COLLEGE
Pete Willauer, defense, Duxbury HS - COLBY COLLEGE
Derek Youngman, attack/midfield, Thayer Academy - COLBY COLLEGE
Brendan McNeill, attack/midfield, The Rivers School - COLBY COLLEGE
Jimmy O'Connell, midfield, St. John's Prep - TRINITY COLLEGE
Mark MacDonald, midfield/FOGO, St. John's Prep - SACRED HEART
Charlie Finnegan, defense/LSM, Thayer Academy - TRINITY COLLEGE
Tommy Rehnert, defense/LSM, The Rivers School - AIR FORCE
Matt Scalise, attack, St. John's Prep - HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Ryan Breen, defense/LSM, Phillips Exeter/Taft - LAFAYETTE UNIVERSITY
Matt Thistle, attack, Bishop Guertin HS - MANHATTAN UNIVERSITY
Jimmy Murphy, attack, Brewster Academy - UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
Murph Vandervelde, midfield, St. Sebastian's School - HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Tanner Powers, defense, The Rivers School - UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Will Walker, attack, Phillips Andover - HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Conor Fraylick, goalie, Pleasantville HS - FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY