Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: May  2, 2011
     Title: CLAM ALUMNI FROM WEEK OF 4/25 - 5/1
With the regular season coming to a close, Clam Alumni look to leave a lasting impression.

The regular season is winding down.  For some, the playoffs have already started.  Either way this is when players are try to make a lasting impression.  Whether that impression is to cement their legacy as they graduate or make a statement to the coaches that they want to be starter/contributor in their playoff run or next year.

Some are just reminding everyone who's the best on the team.

Whatever statement they're trying to make, it's usually a loud and clear one.

So, here we go...

#1. Mark Flibotte
Cohassett HS
Comments: The NESCAC continues to live up to being (arguably) the tough conference in all of college lacrosse, or at the least the one with the greatest parity.  On Friday, Bowdoin took on then #3 Tufts (now #7) and walked away with  decisive 15-9 victory heading into the NESCAC tournament.  Mark added a goal and an assist to the cause.  The Polar Bears carried that momentum into the tournament and upset #10 Amherst 14-9 on Sunday in the Quarterfinals; Mark dished out an assist in the contest.

#T2.  Jeff Rautiola (Midfield / The Rivers School)
Steve Manning (Midfield / The Rivers School)

#14 Trinity
Comments: Continuing with the NESCAC theme, Jeff, Steve and Trinity had a busy week.  On Tuesday, Trinity took on Roger Williams.  With 1 goal and 2 assists from Steve and a goal from Jeff, Trinity was able to walk away winners with by a 9-7 score.  Friday was Trinity's last conference game before the NESCAC tournament against, at the time, #9 Amherst (now #10).  Jeff had 2 helpers while Steve netted a goal, but it wasn't enough in a 6-8 loss.  But while the outside world might be concerned about bad energy carrying into the tournament for Trinity after their loss, it didn't concern them.  Trinity came out of Sunday's Quarterfinal game against Wesleyan with a 10-5 win with Jeff tallying a goal plus 2 assist while Steve notched a goal.

#T4.  John Jennings (Attack / St. John's Prep)
Peter Reiley (Goalie / Avon Old Farm)
Comments: This will be a little bittersweet for John and Peter.  On Friday, Colby clashed with Bates in their last regular season NESCAC match-up.  Bates needed the win give themselves a chance to make the NESCAC tournament; Colby didn't want to take the chance of a loss possibly knocking them out.  Behind 3 goals from John and a 10 save, 55.6% save percentag day from Pete, Colby grabbed the win 10-8.  That set up a quarterfinal match with #9 Middlebury.  Again John tallied 3 goals and Peter upped his play making 16 saves (61.5% save percentage).  Unfortunately, the contest ended in double overtime with Colby falling 9-10.  John ends the season with a team leading 43 goals and is second with 48 points (All-American numbers perhaps...?)

#5. Jordan Greenfield
The Rivers School
Comments: Despite losing on Saturday to #6 Denver 5-11 (Jordan tallied 2 of Fairfield's 5 goals), the Stags are in the ECAC tournament, which keeps NCAA tournament hopes alive.  They will by Loyola on Thursday.  At the close of the regular season, Jordan is third on the team in points (21) with 14 goals and 7 assists.

#6. John Lenehan
Connecticut College
Avon Old Farms
Comments: At the end of the day, John is a player that will always think about what else he could have done to help his team.  Making 12 saves (50% save percentage) against #7 Tufts in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game should satisfy him, but it won't.  Of course, if John was a player that was satisfied easily, he wouldn't have taken the starting job half way through the season and cemented his claim, helping Conn. College rebound and make it into the NESCAC tournament.  John ends the season with 139 saves and a 62.3% save percentage.

#7. Grant Covington
Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols
Comments: Grant helped keep Wesleyan in the playoff hunt all season.  Sunday in their NESCAC Quarterfinal matchup with #14 Trinity, the 10 saves (50% save percentage) weren't enough to overcome a 5-10 loss.  Grant finishes the season with 134 saves for a 55.6% save percentage.

#8. Max Vaickus
Hingham HS
Comments: Max helped Hamilton finish their season with 4 straight wins, which included handing Skidmore their only Liberty Conference loss.  Hamilton's last game of the season was against Liberty Conference rival St. Lawrence and behind 15 saves (71.4% save percentage), Hamilton got the win 10-6.  Max finishes the season with 117 saves for a 62.2% save percentage.

#9.  Brendan Gill
Salem State
Chelmsford HS
Comments: While the season didn't pan out as Brendan and the Vikings hoped, it wasn't due to a lack of performance from Brendan.  Wednesday, Salem State played Umass-Dartmouth, losing 5-11 while Brendan made 26 saves (70.3% save percentage).  It didn't get easier from there with a match up Saturday against Keene State, a game the Vikings dropped 10-19.  Brendan only made 21 saves (52.5%) save percentage.  On the season, he had 247 saves for a 68% save percentage, good enough to be ranked third in the nation.  Of the 50 goalies listed, Brendan has made the most saves.

#10.  Scott Austin
#3 Cornell
Duxbury HS
Comments: Cornell completed their regular season dominance over the Ivy League with a 9-7 win over Princeton on Saturday.  Scott tallied a goal in the contest.  Next up is Yale in the Ivy League Semifinals.