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:

Franklin & Marshall logo
Will Ballantyne, attack, Hopkinton High School - FRANKLIN & MARSHALL

SAINT ANSELM
Geoffrey Kennedy, attack, Gloucester High School - SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE

University of Delaware logo
Will Ryan, goalie, Avon Old Farms - UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

VERMONT
Chase Williams, LSM, The Rivers School - UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
Rory Finnegan, goalie, Lowell High School - VIRGINIA WESLEYAN



Paul Hellar, attack, Duxbury High School - FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY


Colin Rossano, attack, Pingree School - ROANOKE COLLEGE

UNION
Chris Garibaldi, midfield, Salisbury School - UNION COLLEGE

COLBY
Pete Willauer, defense, Duxbury HS - COLBY COLLEGE

COLBY
Derek Youngman, attack/midfield, Thayer Academy - COLBY COLLEGE

COLBY
Brendan McNeill, attack/midfield, The Rivers School - COLBY COLLEGE


Jimmy O'Connell, midfield, St. John's Prep - TRINITY COLLEGE

SACRED HEART
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

VERMONT
Tanner Powers, defense, The Rivers School - UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT


Will Walker, attack, Phillips Andover - HARVARD  UNIVERSITY


Conor Fraylick, goalie, Pleasantville HS - FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY