Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Apr 25, 2011
     Title: CLAM ALUMNI FROM WEEK OF 4/18 - 4/24
With the season's end starting to hit the horizon, Clam Alumn continue to shine.

This week we have a mixed bag of great performances in great wins and great performances in tough losses.

#1. Brendan Grant
Bentley
Attack
Xaverian Brothers HS
Comments: With two ranked opponents this week on the slate for Bentley, Brendan needed to be the teams best player if they were going to play the spoiler.  Tuesday's contest pitted the Falcons against #8 Merrimack.  Behind a 3 goal, 2 assist performance, Bentley walked away with the 9-8 victory.  Saturday's game against #2 Le Moyne didn't go as well despite Brendan netting a goal and dishing out 3 assists.  Bentley lost to the Dolphins 6-15.

#2. Tim Bigelow
Hobart
Attack
The Rivers School / Northfield Mount Hermon
Comments: While Tim would most likely want to trade this write-up for a win or two from this past week, he did all he could to help Hobart against to ranked opponents.  Tuesday was a match-up against #4 Syracuse and the way the Orange have been playing, seven goals posted by Hobart may have been enough (Tim tallied two and assisted on another).  Unfortunately, that wasn't the case and Hobart dropped the game 7-13.  Saturday was another shot at a ranked foe: this time #20 Loyola.  While closer (8-11), the Statesmen were unable to capitalize.  Tim added a goal and an assist to the cause.

#3. Edison Parzanese
#1 Notre Dame
Attack
Martha's Vineyard HS
Comments: The Irish continue to play as if they have something to prove as Notre Dame dominated Princeton 14-3 on Saturday with Edison tallying 2 goals in the effort.

#4.  John Jennings
Colby
Attack
St. John's Prep
Comments: John and Colby had another busy week with three games.  Tuesday's (W 20-7 vs. Husson) and Thursday's (21-4 vs. Maine Maritime) were tune up games for the NESCAC match up on Saturday versus Connecticut College.  Tuesday, John had 4 goals while Thursay he only had 1 goal in limited playing time.  Saturday, John went for a balanced two goals (including the game-winner) and two assists in the thrilling 8-7 overtime game.

#5. Billy McNamara (Attack; The Rivers School / Northfield Mount Hermon)
Chris Landers (Attack; Proctor Academy)

Wheaton
Comments: While Wheaton has struggled this season, it hasn't been because of a lack of effort or productivity form Billy and Chris.  In Saturday's match with MIT Billy had 2 goals and 4 assists while Chris went for goals and one assist.  Wheaton won the game in double-overtime 11-10.

#6.  Scott Austin (Attack; Duxbury HS)
Chris Langton (Midfield; St. John's Prep / Northfield Mount Hermon)

#3 Cornell
Comments: Cornell contiues to dominate the Ivy League while also climbing the rankings with their 18-5 win against Brown on Saturday.  Chris tallied a goal and an assist while Scott notched a goal in the contest.

#7.  Jeff Rautiola (Midfield / The Rivers School)
Steve Manning (Midfield / The Rivers School)

#14 Trinity
Comments: Trinity has continued to play well, positioning themselves for the playoffs.  On Tuesday, Trinity took down Babson in a shootout, 18-12.  Jeff Rautiola netted a goal in the contest.  On Saturday against NESCAC opponent Bates, both Jeff and Steve scored a goal apiece to help Trinity to a 6-5 overtime victory.  Their goals came in the fourth quarter while Trinity was trailing to help tie the game and send it to overtime.

#8. Brendan Wilbur
Quinnipiac
Attack
Hingham HS
Comments: Brendan continues to make his case for more and more playing time with a one goal, two assist day against Sacred Heart as Quinnipiac walked away with an 18-9 win on Saturday.

#9. Max Vaikus
Hamilton
Goalie
Hingham HS
Comments: Max made a career-high 16 saves (66.7% save percentage) in Hamilton's 9-8 win over Skidmore on Wednesday.

#10.  Brendan Gill
Salem State
Goalie
Chelmsford HS
Comments: When your goalie makes 27 saves in a game for a 77.1% save percentage, it's hard to image your team not coming out on top.  Unfortunately, that was the case as Salem State dropped the game 6-8 versus Western Connecticut.