Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Mar 28, 2011
     Title: CLAM ALUMNI FROM WEEK OF 3/21 - 3/27
An even playing field

Okay, can somebody please stop making the college world spin on its head.  The parity this year, game to game, is amazing.  This week saw #12 Hopkins knock off #2 Virginia while #3 Notre Dame and #10 Cornell continue to roll.  Then there's D-3...

Mix in some Clam Alumni and here we go.

#T1.  Mark Goodrich
#12 Johns Hopkins
Midfield
The Rivers School
Comments: I really think that Hopkins set this win up with their play against #1 Syracuse a week ago.  Slowing the ball down and controlling the pace put them in an overtime game that they almost took.  This week they, instead, blitzed #2 Virginia, who I think (in my humble opinion), was expecting a similar tactic used against them.  In the thick of the Blue Jays' pressure was Mark, who despite only notching 1 goal in the contest, could have easily had 2 or 3 more.

#T1. Chris Langton
#10 Cornell
Midfield
St. John's Prep/Northfield Mount Hermon
Comments: When you match your Tewaaraton-candidate teammate in points in the game on the way to an overtime win to take sole possession of first place in the Ivy League, you need to be at the top of this list.  Chris did that with a 2 goal, 2 assist performance against #13 UPenn on Saturday in a thrilling 13-12 overtime victory.

#3.  John Lenehan
Connecticut College
Goalie
Boston College HS / Avon Old Farms
Comments: While Saturday's game wasn't a bad one for John (12 saves, 50% save percentage in a 4-12 loss to #7 Middlebury), Wednesday's game against Union was one John will remember for a long time.  In an 8-7 victory that took 6 (yes, 6!) overtime periods to decide, John made 18 saves (7 of those saves came in the overtime frames) for a 72% save percentage on the day.

#T4. Jordan Greenfield
Fairfield
Attack
The Rivers School
Comments: Jordan added 2 goals to the Stags' effort on Saturday as Fairfield took on Hobart (and fellow Clam Alumn Tim Bigelow).  Jordan won the head to head battle for points, but Tim and Hobart won the game 8-7.

#T4. Tim Bigelow
Hobart
Attack
The Rivers School / Northfield Mount Hermon
Comments: While Tim didn't have a point in Hobart's contest with Fairfield, he did dish out four helpers in the Statesmen's 10-8 win over Canisius earlier in the week.

#6. John Jennings
Colby
Attack
St. John's Prep
Comments: While probably not the productivity John wanted in the win/loss column, he did have a good points in the three games Colby played.  Tuesday, Colby travelled to St. Lawrence and dropped a 4-8 game.  John had 2 of the 4 Colby's goals.  Thursday, the Mules stopped in at Castleton State where John went for two goals and an assist in a 9-6 victory.  Colby ended the week with #19 Trinity.  In a low scoring defensive battle, John was held to only 1 goal as Colby lost 5-6.

#T7.  Billy McNamara / Chris Landers
Wheaton
Attack
Comments: Billy and Chris where involved in nine of Wheaton's 11 goals on Wednesday when they took on #19 Trinity.  Despite Billy going for 2 goals and 2 assist, and Chris tallying 4 goals plus an assist, Wheaton wasn't able to keep up with Trinity and lost the game 11-18.

#9.  Brendan Grant
#9 Bentley
Attack
Xaverian Brothers HS
Comments: While it might be a small consolation prize for Brendan with Bentley dropping games to #11 NYIT (L 8-15) and #9 Adelphi (L 6-9) (whom Bentley was tied with in the standings), he had stand out performances in both, notching two goals and two assists in both contests.

#10.  Edison Parzanese
#3 Notre Dame
Attack
Martha's Vineyard HS
Comments: Notre Dame just continues on with their winning ways, adding two more victories to their record with wins against Ohio State (8-7) and Rutgers (8-3).  Getting in on the act in both games, Edison added a goal to the effort against Ohio State and dished out a lone assist in the Rutgers game.