Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Sep 13, 2011
     Title: Fighting Clams 2012 & 2013 Summer Highlights
Below are the Clams 2013 and 2012 highlights; you decide which are better...

The folks at First Scout continue to provide us with some great highlights from this past summer, for both the Fighting Clams '13's, as well as the  '12's.

I'm not sure which compilation of highlights is stronger, but both teams certainly had solid summers. This you can clearly see in the clips. (For me, the best part of the 2012 clip is the several pass combo about halfway through; I feel it embodies the best in what Clam lax can look like when everyone buys into the unselfishness we stress...) 

Below is a quick blurb for each team:

2012's

For the 2012's, it seemed to be a summer chock-full of awfully close, competitive games. And while they won well more than they lost, there were indeed some well played, heartbreaking losses mixed in.

But that said, the four-tournament summer certainly had its memorable points. Among them was a strong Semi-final run at the King of the Hill event in Swarthmore, where the squad eventually lost its only game to in-state rival Laxachusetts in what a couple coaches said to me was the best game of that tournament, and one went so far as to say the best game he'd seen to that point in the summer. To give credit where its due, Laxachusetts went on to decisively win the Championshionship; we went on the decisively win the 3rd place game, leaving most feeling that the two Mass. rivals were the best at the event.

Perhaps most impressive part of the summer was how it ended. After going 5-0 at the Brown Tournament, the event's Directors decided to put our whole team against the top players from all the other teams, and to make that the event's All Star game. In that game, the 2012's prevailed 9-0, which was a great way to see the summer conclude.

Like their 2013 counterparts, the '12's got better as they went. Coach Alec Corliss, also the Keene State Assistant, and Head Coach Chris Sweet, also Head Coach of Duxbury HS, raved about what a pleasure the group was to work with, and how they far they progressed. And with committed players now heading to a list of schools that includes but is not limited to Duke, Johns Hopkins, Delaware, Middlebury & Tufts, it certainly proved to be a productive summer as defined by both what went on on the field, and what went on off it.

2013's 

Below are the Fighting Clams 2013 highlights from this past summer. In its four tournaments, the team won one Championship (Rutgers MXP), made another Championship game (Tri State Mid Summer Classic) and made it to the Semi-finals of the UMBC Shootout, generally regarded as the country's top team recruiting event. The one event where we did not make the playoffs was the King of the Hill. We were pretty green heading into the event, with just one practice under our belts, and went a respectable 3-2. Overall, the team's record was 24-7. Most importantly for me as a coach, I truly believe the team steadily improved throughout the summer. And with players from this team already committed to Loyola (2), Syracuse and North Carolina (and with a couple additional additional commitments o top D1 programs expected within the next couple weeks), it's clear that the team's performance gained players the exposure they sought, and deserved.

Without further adieu, the Clams 2012 & 2013 Summer Highlights - enjoy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc6hW_GxR2Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BsmWpEmzEo