Categories: clam_chatter
      Date: Jan 18, 2013
     Title: Clam Report for UNC Prospect Day
18 Clams hit the road this past weekend and participated in the UNC Freshman/Sophomore, Select Camp down in sunny Chapel Hill, NC.

This event has become known as one of the top individual showcases and by Friday evening, it was clear why. The Tar Heels staff put on a phenomenal event and were able to bring back a part of lacrosse camp that has slowly been moved to the back burner – teaching the game.

A growing number of coaches and players alike believe that too many lacrosse camps and events have pushed the recruiting agenda so far into the forefront that the other aspects – like ‘coaching up’ the players – are increasingly undervalued. It was a breath of fresh air to see the first two full segments, two hours on Friday evening and two hours on Saturday morning, were dedicated to teaching. Players were broken into positional groups and were coached by some of the best lacrosse minds in the game. Notre Dame, UNC, Duke, Virginia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Princeton are just a handful of programs that sent someone from their staff to coach the ‘15s and ‘16s in Chapel Hill.

I watched Darien Clay (Newton North ‘15), Liam O’Connell (St. John’s Prep ’16), Mack Rush (Belmont Hill ’15) and Chris Titone (St. John’s Prep ’15) work with the staffs from Notre Dame, Duke and Ohio State on playing the pick.

On a separate field, the midfielders cruised through 3-man drills and LOTS of shooting. “Coach Towers (Dartmouth) taught us the correct shooting angles off of sweeps and splits” –Angus O’Rourke (St. Sebastian’s ’15). The Clams were well-represented in the cage with three 2015 goaltenders in attendance. Josh Kirson (Rivers ’15), Henry Donnellan (’15) and Tyler Boardo (Tabor ’15) learned from the best – John Galloway (Providence), Kip Turner (Brown) and Brian Phipps (Georgetown) were a few of the college coaches working with the goaltenders.

The 2016 Fighting Clams class sent four representatives - Timmy Dick (Rivers School), Callen Morris (Belmont Hill), Liam O’Connell (St. John’s Prep) and Ryan Parsons (Rivers School). While all four Clam freshmen showed well and learned a lot through the process, Timmy Dick stood out – not only compared to other freshmen, Timmy stood out from all other players on the field. The highlight of the entire weekend might have been Tim’s BraveHeart victory on Sunday afternoon. Have you seen the video?

The Sophomore Fighting Clams were not to be outdone by the rookies. Carter Rossano (Pingree ’15) impressed from the attack along with six Clam midfielders who lit up the scoreboard, and caught the attention of several coaches in the process. Ben Sommers (Governor’s ’15 – 8G, 6A), Henry Behrens (Masconomet ’15 - 7G, 6A), John Schuster (Middlesex ’15 – 5G, 4A) and Ryan McCaffery (Rivers ’15 – 4G, 4A) led the Clam scoring over the five game stretch. Angus O’Rourke (St. Sebastian’s ’15), Dylan Schlange (Lawrence Academy ’15) and Cam Wolfe (Needham HS ’15) all walked out of the weekend with 5 points. This group was impressive.

Top to bottom, the Clams that were showcased down in NC stepped up to the challenge. We saw guys like Tim Dick and Josh Kirson reaffirm the belief that they are amongst the country’s most elite in their respective classes. At the same time, based on what we are hearing from the coaches in attendance, Darien Clay and Henry Behrens seem to have catapulted themselves into similar conversations with their outstanding play throughout the weekend.

-Coach Westgate